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Manufacturing jobs boom might be for real
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President Barack Obama promised last week a boom in manufacturing and 1 million new jobs if he is re-elected. But is the boom for real? For high-paying, skilled manufacturing jobs, it just might be. The number of job openings for skilled factory workers has increased 38 percent since 2005, according to numbers from the Conference Board that measure labor demand across industries. More strikingly, the sharpest increase in postings for skilled workers — 152 percent — has occurred in the past three or so years. Among the states where demand is the highest for skilled workers are Ohio, Michigan, Texas, California, Illinois and Indiana, according to the Conference Board. More



Solving the manufacturing skills gap
The Atlantic    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Eighty percent of the manufacturing companies in the United States say they cannot find enough workers with the proper skills to fill open positions at their facilities. That's the number President Barack Obama cited, as he announced the Military-to-Civilian Skills Certification Program, in June 2012. The program's goal: to qualify U.S. military personnel for civilian jobs as engineers and manufacturers. The White House's and Department of Defense's certification program is working to link experience-rich veterans with agencies that can validate the skilled work these veterans have done in the service. The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is one organization helping to achieve the program's goal of 500,000 credentialed vets. More

New medical device manufacturing plant opens in Illinois
IndustryWeek    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Cook Medical opened a $19 million production plant that will add another 60 high-skill jobs to the local economy. The new facility joins an existing $20 million Cook factory in Canton, Ill., that opened two years ago. "Over nearly 50 years, Cook has reinvested more than $1.5 billion in plants across the U.S. and in key facilities overseas that now employ 10,000 people. And we hope circumstances will allow us to continue that tradition," said Kem Hawkins, president of Cook Medical. More

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Memphis, Tenn., iron fabrication firm bends with the times
The Commercial Appeal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Mark and Roberta Pledge love it when their shop is one great big mess. "Iron is not a clean business," said Roberta Pledge, who co-owns Mid-South Welding Ornamental Fabricators in Memphis, Tenn., with her husband. A shop covered in the dusty, black residue from grinding and welding iron means custom-made, artistically-appointed stair rails, fences, gates, trellises, and furniture pieces are finding their way into Mid-South homes and businesses. It's a business with no room for even the slightest mistakes. A circular staircase rail that's one inch off can't be easily adjusted for size. More

Partnership lets high school students try hand at tech careers
Green Bay Press-Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As most local students head back to the classroom, some are gearing up to earn community college credits without leaving their high school. The Green Bay School District partnered with Northeast Wisconsin Technical College this year to offer several technical-college level courses at Southwest High School. The students will earn dual high school and college credit, with hopes that they will continue studies at NWTC and move into a technical career. Students can learn welding, blueprint reading and graphic-design computer programs as a way to explore careers in fields with a shortage of qualified workers, educators say. More


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Boeing: China will need 5,260 new airplanes by 2031
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China is forecast to be the second largest market for new commercial airplanes, projecting a need 5,260 new commercial airplanes valued at $670 billion over the next 20 years. The airplane manufacturer predicts that small and intermediate twin-aisles, such as the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 777, will account for a significant part of future deliveries. These airplanes are expected to be the highest value segment, making up 48 percent of the market in value with some 1,190 new deliveries anticipated. More



Apprenticeship program hopes to increase more welders in California county
Ventura County Star    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Tim Tiedge had been working in the construction industry for a few years, but when jobs became scarce, the Thousand Oaks, Calif., resident decided to go back to class. In this classroom, however, students learn the proper way to maneuver a rooftop with safety harnesses and basic welding with metal. "Right now if you stay in construction, it would just be more layoffs," said Tiedge, 30. Tiedge is among about 25 students in the Tri-Counties Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractor National Association's apprenticeship program in Oxnard, Calif. More


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Welding school under way in Hillsboro, Kan.
Peabody Gazette-Bulletin    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
School is in session around the county and at the Hutchinson Community College-sponsored welding school in Hillsboro, Kan. Eight students recently started class at the former AMPI facility, in an air-conditioned room on the south side of the building. Hutchinson Community College took over the program last year from Butler Community College when area business leaders expressed an interest in keeping alive the technical training option for local students and workers. More



Ohio's aerospace industry expects to take flight with exports
The Plain Dealer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Ohio's second largest industry — and it has nothing to do with cars or corn — is about to receive a boost that insiders say could spur the expansion of advanced manufacturing and create jobs. Representatives of the state's aerospace industry are expected to announce the start of the Ohio Aerospace Export Project, a three-year, $600,000 effort to teach export strategy to Ohio makers of airplane and spaceship parts. More


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Trades academy begins
Albany Democrat-Herald    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Joseph Staneart, 17, isn't yet sure of a future career. But he's ready to spend a year learning about trade possibilities, from welding to carpentry to auto mechanics. "Number one, I like working with my hands. Two, I like learning as many trades as I can. Everyone needs it eventually," said Staneart, a homeschooled Lebanon, Ore., resident. "And, it's kind of fun." Staneart was among close to 80 mid-valley high school students who crowded the IBEW Training Center in Tangent, Ore., for the first day of the new Linn County Regional Trades Academy. Eventually, 150 students are expected to take part in the academy's first year, representing West Albany, South Albany, Lebanon, Corvallis and Crescent Valley high schools. More



West Valley, N.Y., man turns metal into art
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On Route 219, between Springville and Ellicottville, N.Y., a large, yellow sun smiles down at passing cars, flanked by a blue cow with its tongue out, a human-sized SpongeBob Squarepants and a host of other creatures of imaginable every shape and size. These are the creations of Paul Boccolucci, an ironworking artist who has been making iron sculptures of every size and description for the past decade. Paul and his wife Debby run their Real Stuff Gallery at that location, which the couple built from farmland about 10 years ago. Paul Boccolucci originally came to the area from Buffalo, N.Y., in 1976 to create iron sculpture and fabrication artworks with the rolling, tree-covered hills of the Southern Tier as its backdrop. More


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Former welding student competing for slot in world competition
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Former Berlin High Career and Technical Education student Brice Corrigan is competing for a slot in the U.S. Open Weld Trials in Las Vegas in November. The top winner from the U.S. Open Weld Trials will go on to represent the USA in the World Skills Competition next summer in Leipzig, Germany. "It's pretty exciting," said Roland Pinette, director of the Career and Technical Education program at Berlin High in Berlin, Maine. "This is the first time we have had a student being invited to compete for the worlds," he said. A 2011 graduate of Gorham High School, Corrigan attended the Career and Technical Education Center at Berlin High School for two years. There, he took classes in the center's top rated welding program. More


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Aaron Nicodemus: Manufacturer of steel buildings is branching out
Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Package Industries Inc. has provided the skeleton and skin for 7,000 steel buildings since its founding in 1962. Its first building was a Quonset hut for Spag's, that iconic local discount retailer of yore. Package Industries is a family-owned company with 25 employees that was founded by Leo Moroney of Shrewsbury, Mass. What Package Industries does is take raw steel, delivered from Midwest steel mills both in sheets and in rolls and turns it into support beams, joists (the ribs of the roof that are called "purlins" and "girts" in the steel business), roof and wall panels, and trim. They don't manufacture the fasteners, windows or doors, but they will order them and place them on the delivery truck. More
 


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