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Manufacturing growth fastest in 6 months
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Rising demand from domestic and foreign customers helped U.S. manufacturing grow in November at its quickest pace in six months, an industry survey showed, though hiring remained sluggish. Financial information firm Markit said its U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Managers Index rose to 52.8 last month, rebounding from a more than three-year low of 51.0 in October. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. Firms said Hurricane Sandy, which hit in late October, was partly responsible for a jump in domestic new orders, suggesting the pace of growth could slow in the months ahead. More



'Skills gap' may hold key to filling jobs of the future
Beloit Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For Jessie McGowan it was gardening with her mother. For Alex Pierce it was about finding stable work. Both recently started over in their careers, and decided to get their welding certificate at Blackhawk Technical College. Without knowing it, both were entering into an industry that is desperate for qualified workers. So desperate that the amount of welding jobs outweighs the number of trained potential employees, and has created a noticeable "skills gap" in not just welding, but other manufacturing jobs and health care positions. Technology and an aging workforce combined to form the gap, and one that educators and employers saw coming, Blackhawk Technical College President Tom Eckert said. More

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November car sales strong; Chrysler leads Detroit gains
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Chrysler Group reported a 14 percent gain in sales in November versus a year ago to 122,565 vehicles, with all brands but Jeep increasing sales and Fiat showing the best percentage gain up 123 percent to a record month. It was a 32 percent consecutive month of sales gains in Chrysler's recovery from its near-death experience. The gain led Detroit makers, with Ford reporting a 6 percent gain and GM up 3.4 percent. Chrysler and GM both forecast a strong November for the industry overall, with an annual selling rate of 15.3 million. More


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AWS celebrates global headquarters opening
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The American Welding Society celebrated the grand opening of its new global headquarters Nov. 30 with an open house ceremony. The organization held a building dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony that welcomed board members, international counterparts and agents, vendors and community members at the recently renovated five-story, 122,482-square-foot building, located at 8669 NW 36th St., Doral, Fla. Calling Miami home for the past 40 years, AWS's new Doral headquarters is only seven miles from its previous location and offers the society space to expand its membership, publishing, exposition and educational operations. The organization currently serves nearly 70,000 members worldwide. More

Janet Harrah: US manufacturing 10th-largest world economy
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While stories abound about the demise of U.S. manufacturing, the truth is that manufacturing is still vital to the health of the economy. As noted in the 2012 edition of Facts about Modern Manufacturing, "the U.S. manufacturing sector is so huge that if it were its own country, it would rank as the 10th-largest world economy." The Facts about Modern Manufacturing, produced jointly by The Manufacturing Institute, the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, and the National Association of Manufacturers, provides key facts and figures that define the state of the U.S. manufacturing industry. More



Revival in US manufacturing: Ground-floor opportunities available
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The United States is about to reclaim its rightful position as the world's leading manufacturer. Innovative and hard-working men and women once again will find ample employment. For a generation, all we have heard is outsourcing, taking it off shore, and getting goods on the cheap because of their manufacture in some steamy third world sweatshop. This is ending. It is time to invest in the future of the USA and there are a multitude of opportunities. Here, Bob Johnson follows the flow of investment opportunities from the natural gas wellhead to the manufactured products. More


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5 ways the industrial Internet will change manufacturing
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For manufacturers, a global economy means tougher competition, more demanding customer needs and fast-paced change. In order to win in a volatile environment, companies must produce the best products, faster and at the lowest cost. Creating more efficiency is the only way to accomplish this, and manufacturers increasingly are turning to technology to get them there. The industrial Internet is enabling this change to be more productive by making the physical world of industry more intelligent. By connecting machines to the Internet via software, data is produced and insight into the manufacturing process is gained, writes Jody Markopolous. More

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Welding boot camp preps new workers in Wisconsin
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If you're looking for work or a career change, Moraine Park Technical College in Fond du Lac, Wis., might have the job for you. That is, if you're willing to go through boot camp. The college is offering an intense, 10-week training program for already available manufacturing jobs. Students will learn the basics of welding and other machine work businesses say could lead to one of those jobs. It starts with welding 101 and then some at Moraine Park Technical College. More

CTC welding lab, program getting national attention
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With more and more welders needed nationwide, the Columbiana County Career and Technical Center in Lisbon, Ohio, has been leading the way in teaching people to fill those needs. One of the instructors, Huck Hughes, recently attended the FABTECH international show in Las Vegas. He was asked to speak in front of a committee of education professionals about the CTC's new lab and program. This fall the program doubled in size and began teaching classes in a new welding and material joining lab. More


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TriMet begins welding 1st segments of rail on Portland-Milwaukie light-rail line in Oregon
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Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon crews have begun welding the first portion of rail for the Portland-Milwaukie light-rail project, agency officials announced. Crews were scheduled to begin welding two, 80-foot lengths of rail in downtown Portland using a thermite welding process that superheats aluminum, iron oxide and alloy elements to produce molten steel that permanently joins the rails, TriMet officials said in a prepared statement. The overall project is now about 30 percent completed, they said. More

New welding company to create 50 new jobs in Hammond, La.
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A new business at the Hammond Industrial Park promises to bring 50 new jobs with good pay to the parish. Stacey Neal, executive director of the Tangipahoa Economic Development Foundation, said the business will be Innerfuse ID Welding LLC. The business will do welding work for offshore industries. In all, 50 jobs will be coming to the area through Innerfuse, including welding jobs that pay between $50,000 and $70,000 a year. In addition to providing jobs, Neal said the business will fill up the industrial park and is a good sign for the area. More



Opinion: Millions of young Americans aren't prepared for 21st-century jobs
The Charleston Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Here's a puzzle: Question: Why does America have 3 million empty jobs that employers are struggling to fill — while millions remain unemployed in the wake of the Great Recession? Answer: Mostly because jobless people lack special skills needed for the vacant positions. Columnist Thomas Friedman described a Minnesota welding shop that sought to hire 10 high-quality, nationally certified welders for a government contract to affix armor onto military Humvees. Plenty of applicants wanted the $20-an-hour work — but they had learned to weld in neighborhood garages or high school training classes and lacked top-grade expertise. Shop owner Traci Tapani explained that it's because they don't understand the science behind welding. More


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Alabama technology center looks to give students real-world experience before graduation
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Gary Dan Williams admired the craftsmanship in display as carpentry students cut precise angles and made perfect plans while building a small room. Williams, career and technical director at the Muscle Shoals Center for Technology, later marveled at the delicate welds students provided in a welding class at the center. "These kids, they need to be working," Williams said. "They are really learning their trades well. We hope to get some partners who will work with us on this program." The program is Pathfinders, which is a new venture that attempts to connect students at the Muscle Shoals, Ala., center with local businesses. More
 


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