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Cities leading an American manufacturing revival
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In this still tepid recovery, the biggest feel-good story has been the resurgence of American manufacturing. As industrial production has fallen in Europe and growth has slowed in China, U.S. factories have continued an expansion that has stretched on for more than 33 months. In April, manufacturing growth was the strongest in 10 months. There are a number of reasons for this revival. Rising wages in China — up from roughly one-third U.S. levels to half that in a decade — and problems associated with protection of trademarks and other issues have led many U.S. executives to look back home. Some 22 percent of U.S. product manufacturers surveyed by MFGWatch reported moving some production back to America in the fourth quarter of 2011, and 1-in-3 surveyed said they were studying the proposition. More

Factory jobs moving overseas — from China to US
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Manufacturing jobs are on the move, and this time, they're headed to the U.S. More and more companies are "reshoring" parts of their operations, bringing a steady trickle of jobs from Chinese plants to American ones, The Wall Street Journal reports. With the dollar dropping, and Asian wages and shipping costs rising, producing goods overseas "is not as big of a no-brainer as it was 10 years ago," says the manager of a plant that recently won back Whirlpool's hand-mixer business. More

Registration open for 'Welding for Repair and Life Extension of Plants and Infrastructure' conference accompanying IIW Assembly
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The International Institute of Welding invites you to experience its 65th Annual Assembly and International Conference, being held July 8-13 in Denver. The American Council of IIW is pleased to host this extraordinary event at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. An international conference on "Welding for Repair and Life Extension of Plants and Infrastructure" will accompany the assembly July 12-13. More

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Study: Manufacturing jobs loss to stop
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The net loss of manufacturing jobs from the U.S. to China may have finally come to an end, according to a study by strategy and operations consultancy The Hackett Group. And because of changing conditions in the U.S. and Chinese labor markets, the net shift of jobs may move back to domestic facilities. However, there's bad news as well. The number of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. is unlikely to ever return to former levels, and service jobs will continue to move offshore for years to come until there are simply no more left to send. More

High-tech manufacturing plant to open in Long Island, NY
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The golden age of New York City manufacturing may long be over, but that isn't stopping one enterprising company from setting up shop in western Queens, N.Y. Shapeways, which uses a high-tech 3-D printing system to cheaply manufacture products, plans to open a factory in Long Island City this summer. The facility could eventually employ up to 80 workers, company officials said. "We're going to take an old manufacturing industry and turn it on its head," said Shapeways' Director of Industrial Engineering Kegan Fisher. "We're on the edge of technology." More

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Technical laborers needed in Georgia
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The jobs are available in Georgia, but skilled labor is lacking. Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said unemployment has even dropped below 9 percent this month, with work force and jobs being added in the state. "The No. 1 issue is the skill of the workforce," he said. "We are hiring, but we can't find people to fill the jobs." Not only does the skills gap hurt the needs of existing businesses in the state, but it detracts from bringing in new business, he said. Skilled trades in technical fields such as welding, manufacturing and aerospace engineering are in high demand right now. More

Still time to register for AWS Energy Conference in San Diego
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The demands for new and improved welding technology from the expanding energy markets are starting to pay off in the development of superior hybrid welding processes, new filler metals, and hosts of cladding procedures. Much of this new welding technology will be discussed at the AWS Energy II Welding Conference on June 12-13 in San Diego. More

Woman's welded sculpture 'Borrowed Light' installed at Oklahoma library    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Deedee Morrison, an economist by training, became fascinated with public art while living in London. Morrison soon began taking art classes at night, where she worked with the highly malleable medium of clay. But the pieces of art that really captured her attention were large, looming sculptures that spoke to her artistic sense in a way that small clay pots rarely did. The Alabama resident made a bold choice and decided to study welding. Morrison learned about the technology of fusing metal, welding as an industrial process and perhaps most importantly, the art of laser cutting metal. She recently installed a sculpture titled "Borrowed Light" on the grounds of the Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library. More

FW Webb Co. gives students in the trades a taste of the real world
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No matter which way the economy goes, skilled trade workers are always in need. According to U.S. News, repair and maintenance workers have the 11th "best job" in 2012. And companies like Woburn, Mass.-based F.W. Webb are trying to help teenagers get on that "best job" career path with events like a recent career day. Groups of students — and some of their instructors — from vocational schools around the state streamed into the F.W. Webb Co. on Everberg Road for its second career day. They toured the cavernous warehouse, met with manufacturers' representatives, like Kealty, New England district sales manager for American Standard brands, and listened to Christopher DiPirro, Webb's general manager. More

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US defense cuts hit home at Ohio tank plant
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Jeff Bingman began studying psychology in college, but soon ran out of money. He was tending bar when a welding job came open at the plant in Lima, Ohio, a city of about 38,000 where his father, uncle and brother-in-law all worked building Abrams M1A2 tanks. Seven years later, Bingman, 33, has worked his way up to a coveted job running the 70-ton General Dynamics tanks through 100 hours of testing before they are loaded on rail cars and begin their journey to U.S. soldiers on the frontlines. He loves his job and it pays well, with a base salary of around $63,000 a year. But it is one of hundreds of jobs that likely would disappear at the plant if the U.S. Army follows through on its plans to halt work on tanks from 2014 to 2017. More

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Portland, Ore., welder commutes via bike
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In other cities, welders pull up to a job in oversize pickups rattling with tools and pressurized tanks of gas. In Portland, Ore., at least one arrives by bicycle, towing his gear in a two-wheeled trailer. Mike Cobb pedals around town fixing iron handrailings and welding kettle stands for coffee-roasting companies. He built the frame on one of his six bikes himself and souped up his trailer with racing wheels and high-pressure wheelchair tires. "I do a pretty good job of avoiding cars," Cobb, 42, said one morning outside his garage. Portland is No. 1 for bike commuting in the United States, according to 2010 Census figures for cities with more than 250,000 workers. More

Workers lacking skills hinder more factory gains
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Paul Bonin has no problem getting enough orders to keep his factory busy. What he can't find are enough qualified employees to work on the assembly lines. "The biggest challenge we face is a skilled labor force," said Bonin, president of Bertrand Products in South Bend, Ind., which makes transmission parts for helicopters. He sees opportunities to fill more orders, "but I can't take the work because I can't find the work force." The inability to locate employees with the right abilities is holding back manufacturing, the industry that led the United States out of the worst recession since the 1930s, just as the economy shows signs of cooling. The number of factory jobs waiting to be filled climbed to 326,000 in March, the most since November 2007, according to data from the Labor Department. More

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Vallejo, Calif., women among newly minted ironworkers
Vallejo Times-Herald via San Jose Mercury News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
When Vallejo, Calif., resident Althea Gonzalez went to prison for drug-related offenses six years ago, she realized she needed to change direction and begin learning the construction trades while still behind bars. Soon, the 32-year-old mother of two will graduate from a union-sponsored, all-female welding course in Benicia, Calif., where she's been preparing for a career as an ironworker. Taught by volunteers, the free course prepares participants to work as boilermakers, pipe fitters and with sheet metal, organizers said. More

Playground project teaches key job skills at Vo-Tech
The News Leader    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It was their big project, but many of the Valley Vocational-Technical Center students who built the new jungle gym at Guy K. Stump Elementary School in Stuart's Draft, Va., weren't there to inaugurate it. They were too busy on the job. The paying job, that is. "We've got several already out working," Gary Cline, Vo-Tech machining instructor said, as kids from Stump got set to swarm over the new playground equipment. The two dozen students from Valley Vo-Tech's precision machining and welding programs who designed and built the project are hot properties in the Valley job market. More

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Where they stand: Obama, Romney on manufacturing
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U.S. manufacturers, including hundreds of thousands of small businesses, have been suffering for decades because of competition from factories overseas and from technology that increasingly has made some manufactured goods obsolete. The Brookings Institution estimates that the U.S. lost 41 percent of its manufacturing jobs between June 1979, when employment at U.S. factories peaked, and December 2009, the recent low point for the industry. The Associated Press is looking at the positions that President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney have taken on small business issues and have asked them to list three specific things they would do to help U.S. manufacturers compete with companies overseas. More

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