This Week in Welding
Oct. 9, 2012

Will 'reshoring' trend bring manufacturing jobs back to Michigan?
Manufacturing jobs may be headed back to Michigan as more companies consider moving their foreign operations stateside. American manufacturers have sent countless jobs overseas or cross-border in the past several years, setting up plants in China, Mexico and other countries where labor is less expensive. But that trend of offshoring may be slowing or even reversing, according to research from Tobias Schoenherr, an assistant professor of supply chain management at Michigan State University.More

Manufacturing Day raises career awareness nationwide, in Ohio
Dayton Daily News
Six Dayton-area manufacturers and Ohio's Miami University joined a national effort to address a skills gap that has resulted in 600,000 unfilled manufacturing jobs nationwide. The companies and school held open houses and public tours as part of the inaugural Manufacturing Day. The industry-sponsored event highlighted the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy and showcased skilled jobs available in manufacturing fields. Dayton Progress Corp., a manufacturer of precision tooling for metal stamping and forming, hosted 10 groups of area students for presentations and tours in Dayton. The company has 10 factories and 1,000 employees worldwide, including 500 local workers.More

Teaching for the future: Closing the jobs skills gap
USA Today
For decades, Mike Hummon, an unemployed substitute music teacher, was frustrated in his quest to become a school band director. Now, he good-naturedly endures frustrations of a different sort as a 53-year-old student in an accelerated manufacturing class in Minneapolis. He isn't just seeking a new career as an operator of computer-controlled factory machines. Hummon, a dishwasher, two social service workers and several laid-off manufacturing and construction workers are on the front line of a campaign to close a puzzling gap in the labor market that has many U.S. employers struggling to find skilled workers despite the 7.8 percent jobless rate.More

US jobless rate declines to 7.8 percent; 114,000 jobs added
The unemployment rate in the U.S. unexpectedly fell to 7.8 percent in September. The economy added 114,000 workers last month after a revised 142,000 gain in August that was more than initially estimated, Labor Department figures showed in Washington. The jobless rate dropped from 8.1 percent to the lowest level since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, and hourly earnings climbed more than forecast. More

Welding basics course will again be held in Gregory
Ainsworth Star-Journal
The success of a May-June welding basics course has led organizers to schedule another course in Gregory, S.D., this year. The second course offered in Gregory will begin Nov. 2. Ranchers Livestock Equipment on Highway 18 will provide the training site. Instructors from the Regional Technical Education Center in Yankton, S.D., will again conduct the training.More

Lenovo opens US manufacturing line in North Carolina
Lenovo believes in the "long-term strength of the American PC market" explained Yuanqing Yang, CEO of Lenovo, as the company announced it was setting up shop in Whitsett, N.C. The plant, which will employ 115, will build Think-branded notebook and desktop PCs, tablets, engineering workstations and servers for sale to domestic businesses, government and education customers, as well as consumers.More

Linde Canada acquires London, Ontario, gases and welding distributor
In a move to strengthen its presence in southwestern Ontario, Linde Canada has acquired Contact Welding Supplies, an independent industrial gases and welding equipment distributor headquartered in London, Ontario. Linde Canada is an affiliate of Linde North America, and a member of The Linde Group, a world-leading gases and engineering company. Contact Welding, a distributor of industrial, medical and specialty gases, as well as welding gases and equipment, has been operating in the London and the Sarnia, Ontario, markets for 17 years.More

Wisconsin companies' new task: Manufacturing skilled workers
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
High school teacher Scott Bruening encourages his students to pursue blue-collar jobs in manufacturing, something that's much less common now than it was 30 years ago. One reason is that, nationwide, more than 600,000 skilled-trades jobs remain open because of a shortage of qualified applicants, according to Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Ltd., which provides audit, tax, consulting and financial services to companies in more than 150 countries. It's one of the top-five issues for manufacturers, according to Deloitte, especially as 10,000 Americans a day turn 65 and companies haven't attracted enough young talent to replace their retirees.More

Ohio job seekers look to drilling in oil, gas industry
Tribune Chronicle
It's been several months since Jim Rios has been out of work, but he said he's not losing hope. Rios recently spent time gathering information for possible leads on jobs in the welding field, especially related to the oil and gas industry in Ohio. The Cortland man, who had worked as a subcontractor inside Warren's RG Steel plant, found himself unemployed when the mill closed following its bankruptcy filing in May. "I have a little bit of welding background, but I have got to work on my skills," Rios said after sitting in on a recent seminar presented by the Ohio Oil & Gas Energy Education Program, or OOGEEP, at Kent State Trumbull Campus.More

'Manufacturing Mania' creates student enthusiasm in Hartford, Conn.
Hartford Courant
The assembly group from Henry James Middle School was having trouble figuring out how to attach the top module of a K'Nex engineering kit. A boy in a Fenway Park T-shirt, who had helped assemble one of the modules, couldn't contain his anxiety. "Please! Please! They are so close!" he cried. The students were competing with six other teams from schools around central Connecticut at the Manufacturing Mania event at the State Armory. The race was on to get the swing-set-topped doohickey done. When completed, a hand crank would make the top module rotate. But on their model, the top module was a bit askew, and the gears were definitely not catching.More

Taylor-Winfield to supply Chinese company
The Vindicator
Taylor-Winfield Technologies Inc. of Youngstown, Ohio, has been awarded a contract for more than $7.5 million by Taigang Group International Trade Co. Ltd., located in Taiyuan, China, to supply the Chinese company with welding equipment. The company is selling four of its patented TwinLap Narrow Lap Seam Welders for a silicon line project. Taylor-Winfield has supplied these seam welders for silicon, full-hard and other "automotive grade" advance high-strength steel lines worldwide. More

Economist puts Eagle Ford lifespan at 16-plus years
San Antonio Express-News
The Eagle Ford Shale should have a 16-year productive lifespan that could grow as drilling capabilities improve, a Texas A&M University economist recently told San Antonio business leaders. Harold Hunt, a research economist with the university's Real Estate Center, was one of two economists speaking at the 2013 Executive Economic Outlook breakfast sponsored by Frost Bank and Ernst & Young. He said the excitement created by oil and gas opportunities in the 400-mile-long South Texas shale formation has grown in the past year. Investors and drilling companies have been uncertain, however, how long drilling will continue in the area.More

Deere-Hitachi plant could add 340 jobs
The Associated Press via
North Carolina manufacturing workers are looking for good news from an excavating equipment maker considering expansion. Gov. Beverly Perdue was expected to be on hand recently for what her office calls a jobs announcement at the Deere-Hitachi Construction Machinery Corp. plant in Forsyth County. The plant is a partnership between Japan's Hitachi Construction Machinery and U.S.-based Deere & Co. The Kernersville, N.C., plant employs about 700. Deere-Hitachi has been shopping for tax breaks and other incentives from government officials as it weighs expanding in North Carolina or moving the work to Japan.More