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Companies consider demand versus costs of hiring
Worcester Telegram & Gazette    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
FIBA Technologies Inc., a gas containment supplier based in Millbury, Mass., has created 21 jobs in the past year, with growth of about 10 percent for the company. Like many companies, FIBA makes the decision to add a job cautiously, and only after it is confident there is long-term demand for its products or services. FIBA and other businesses worry, as they consider adding jobs, whether growing demand may be temporary and evaporate, leaving them with added expense. In this time of sluggish job growth, the FIBA experience opens a window on the reasons private companies create jobs. In Massachusetts, there are signs of a slow but steady economic recovery. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the New England unemployment rate has decreased by nearly 1 percent over the last year, a full percentage point below the national average, with strength in the manufacturing sector. More

Huntington Ingalls awarded $2.38 billion contract to build amphibious assault ship for US Navy
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The U.S. Navy has awarded a $2.38 billion contract to Newport News, Va.-based Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc. for the detail design and construction of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship Tripoli (LHA 7). The company will build the ship at its Ingalls Shipbuilding division in Pascagoula, Miss. "We have an excellent build plan in place for LHA 7, and we will continue to develop fresh ideas through the knowledge and experience our shipbuilders have in large-deck construction," said Brian Cuccias, Ingalls Shipbuilding's vice president, large-deck amphibious ships. "The multimission capability of these ships has been proven in the fleet, and LHA 7 will further the technological advancements set forth by previous ships." More

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New welding partnership to benefit Iowa college, employer
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Jobs are the biggest issue in Siouxland and in the country. Now, a local college and a local business are teaming up to create hundreds of new jobs in Sioux City, Iowa. A few weeks ago, Tony Sierra didn't have a career plan when he ran into a company called Sabre at a job fair. "I was interested because I was unemployed at the time. So, I wanted to kind of get into a different field of work," said Sierra. Now, he has a job waiting for him. Just two weeks into Western Iowa Tech's month-long program, Sierra's getting some of the hands-on training that'll get him ready for a career with Sabre Industries. More

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Texas' Big Country companies hiring, paying healthy wages for welders
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These days it might be easy to confuse the noxious odor of a welder's fume plume — that pungent smell of smoke from molten metal — with the crisp, clean scent of new dollar bills. Welding jobs in the 19-county area surrounding Abilene, Texas, known as the Big Country, are in high demand and demanding high wages, fueled by increased oil field activity over the last few months. Area businesses are hiring, and schools are educating welders as quickly as a 2,800-degree Fahrenheit welding heat torch melts steel. Recently, 12 new welders graduated from the Fast-Track Welding program at Cisco College's Abilene campus, a seven-week course that teaches the uninitiated the basics of joining metal together with metal via burning gas. More

Japanese automotive supplier opens new plant in Kentucky
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Kentucky, which ranks third-highest in auto industry-related employment as a percent of total state employment among the top motor vehicle producing states in the U.S., just added more jobs. Investing $20.3 million and creating 50 jobs, Asahi Bluegrass Forge recently opened a new plant in Richmond, Ky. Kentucky currently is home to more than 440 automotive-related industries that employ more than 68,000 people. "We are honored that Asahi Forge made the decision to build a second manufacturing plant in Richmond," said Richmond Mayor Jim Barnes. "Asahi has been a valuable member of our industrial community since 2003." More

Technical training ramps up in Alabama's education systems
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Mike Rowe of the "Dirty Jobs" television show said it best in his promotion of "Go Build Alabama:" "A third of Alabama's skilled tradesmen are over 50, and they are retiring fast," Rowe said. "Yet, who's replacing them? No one." Awareness of a pending shortage of skilled workers began to grow about three years ago and led to the creation of private and public efforts to promote skilled trades and highly technical training as early as middle school. More

Artist creates whimsy out of scrap metal
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Amy Hart, an artist who lives in southeast Charlotte, N.C., is a certified welder who scours junkyards while her children are in school and then welds the metals into whimsical animals and characters in her yard. In 2011, she won the Jurors' Choice award at ArtFest in Matthews, N.C., and has recently sold out of her hand-made merchandise at several art shows. More

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Unemployed today, welders may be hired tomorrow
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Unemployed today and hired tomorrow — opportunity showers on those who need it the most as the unemployed get a shot at a new career. "It's been two and a half years for me since I've been able to find work," said Paul Harris. Now, Harris has employers lining up to talk to him about welding jobs, a career he hadn't even considered until a month ago. "Actually, I'm a carpenter by trade," he said. A church social worker told him to sign up for a four-week course at Nebraska's Central Community College. The $1,600-per-student cost was covered by a grant to help the unemployed. More

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Nebraska welding class helps unemployed people start careers
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A Workforce Development grant is helping unemployed people find work in a skilled labor sector that's in need of workers. Central Community College Welding Coordinator/Trainer Russ Moore says companies across the country are short on welders. "Everybody that can weld is welding and they're having to take people and train them with no experience at all," he said. Moore said a Nebraska Workforce Development Synergy grant pays for unemployed and underemployed people to take a four-week basic welding class. He says the result hopefully will be a skilled worker in a good paying job. More

Welder's helper training sessions planned in Pennsylvania
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Information sessions on a free welder's helper job training program will be this month at two locations by Westmoreland County Community College in Youngwood, Pa. The information sessions are designed for those interested in applying for entry-level training for welder's helper jobs in the natural gas drilling industry. The first session will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25 in Commissioners Hall at the WCCC Youngwood campus. The second session will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 27 at the WCCC Fayette County Education Center, 140 N. Beeson Blvd., Uniontown. The sessions are informal to allow interested applicants to ask questions about the training and the career. Welder's helpers prepare drilling sites and complete pipelines with certified welders. More

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AWS seeks nominations for Image of Welding Awards
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The Image of Welding Awards recognize individuals and organizations that have shown exemplary dedication to promoting the image of welding in their communities. The awards are issued in eight categories. Nominations will be judged by WEMCO — An Association of Welding Manufacturers, which is composed of executives of welding industry suppliers to promote the welding equipment market. Enhancing the image of welding as a critical industry is among their priority programs. The winners will be announced at the Image of Welding Awards Ceremony to be held during FABTECH 2012, Nov. 12-14, at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas. More

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Welding students get job interviews after 4 weeks of training
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"Graduates" of a four-week training program in welding did not have a commencement ceremony. Instead, they got something better: Interviews with firms that might be interested in hiring them. Russell Moore, welding coordinator and trainer for Central Community College-Grand Island, Neb., said 14 people started with the program, which began May 14 and ended June 7, and 13 people completed the full course. The training program is funded by a U.S. Department of Labor syNErgy grant, which is coordinated through the Nebraska Department of Labor. Moore said the target audience comprises people who have been unemployed or who are seeking a career change. More

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