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    The 3 jobs manufacturers are struggling to fill in 2023

    Labor shortages are expected to persist across the industry as companies strain to find talent. Here's who manufacturers are looking to hire.

    By Jan. 27, 2023
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    How increased funding and regulatory changes in 2023 will affect manufacturers

    From more funding for public-private partnerships to a law addressing infant formula shortages, here are some notable changes affecting manufacturers.

    By Jan. 25, 2023
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    3M to lay off 2,500 manufacturing workers

    The company blamed the workforce reduction on rising costs and declining demand. 

    By Jan. 24, 2023
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    Ryder to cut 800 jobs in Texas as manufacturing client shifts work to other providers

    The layoffs involve a site for Applied Materials, which has pursued broad supply chain changes to meet customer demand.

    By David Taube • Jan. 19, 2023
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    Tyson adds 150 more jobs to Illinois plant expansion

    The company broke ground on the $180 million addition to its plant — which will now add 400 new positions — in August.

    By Chris Casey • Jan. 18, 2023
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    US, Mexico, Canada outline 5 initiatives to strengthen key manufacturing industries

    The countries plan to collaborate on projects such as mapping critical minerals and assessing future manufacturing labor needs.

    By Jan. 10, 2023
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    Manufacturing conferences to watch in 2023

    Industry events this year are largely focused on emerging technologies and transforming workplace culture.

    By A.B. Brown • Jan. 6, 2023
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    US manufacturing ended 2022 in contraction

    Firms dealt with falling demand and a slowing economy in the final month of the year.

    By Jan. 4, 2023
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    Women in manufacturing: What companies are doing to recruit, retain half the population

    Childcare services, flexible schedules and mentorship programs are helping keep more women in an industry historically dominated by men.

    By Jan. 3, 2023
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    Here are the top issues manufacturers tackled in 2022

    Amid a tight labor market and shifting global supply chains, manufacturers embarked on strategies to take on long-term challenges.

    By Dec. 29, 2022
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    Micron to reduce workforce, suspend executive salaries

    Despite expanding its operations in Idaho and New York, the chipmaker is cutting costs due to a drop in demand.

    By Dec. 22, 2022
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    Energy Dept. to invest up to $72M to expand clean energy workforce efforts

    The government will create new Industrial Assessment Centers, which train future engineers and help small manufacturers reduce their energy use.

    By Dec. 21, 2022
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    Manufacturing execs expect growth in 2023 after a slow start

    While production will remain soft at the beginning of next year, the industry is preparing for expansion in the second half.

    By Dec. 19, 2022
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    Abbott to build $536M facility in Northwest Ohio

    The new facility, which will produce nutritional powder products, is slated to break ground next year.

    By Dec. 16, 2022
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    Retailers grapple with fallout from illegal manufacturing practices at suppliers

    When it comes to supply chain ethics, retailers may no longer be able to cede responsibility to the brands they sell.

    By Daphne Howland • Dec. 15, 2022
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    Los Angeles garment supplier cited for failure to pay workers

    The U.S. Department of Labor said the violation was the latest in a string of abuses at clothing manufacturers in the city.

    By Daphne Howland • Dec. 15, 2022
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    Hershey’s bilingual facility sees improved retention in Pennsylvania

    The company's "Say Hola" initiative also reduced recruitment costs and increased the number of applicants with manufacturing experience.

    By Dec. 14, 2022
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    Lovesac makes strides in sourcing outside of China

    Companies are reevaluating their businesses amid the country's stringent pandemic control measures. 

    By Dec. 14, 2022
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    Stellantis will halt operations at Illinois assembly plant

    The automaker blamed rising EV production costs for its plan to idle the facility come February.

    By Dec. 12, 2022
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    A look at Arizona State University’s new manufacturing school

    The new program will focus on showing students potential career paths in the industry and growing their digital skills.

    By Dec. 12, 2022
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    OSHA steps up enforcement to reduce workplace hazards in Ohio, Illinois

    The agency found higher injury rates among food production workers in the two states, compared to other manufacturing jobs.

    By Dec. 9, 2022
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    Ultium workers at Ohio plant vote to unionize

    The battery maker had refused to recognize union efforts, despite a majority of the employees pushing for the labor union.

    By Dec. 9, 2022
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    What Enel has planned for its US solar manufacturing

    The company is currently considering sites in the Midwest for its international expansion.

    By Dec. 7, 2022
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    Meat companies conspired to set wages low, lawsuit claims

    Workers allege industry giants including Tyson and Cargill used unique tactics to keep employee pay and benefits the same.

    By Megan Poinski • Dec. 7, 2022
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    Automation has tanked wages in manufacturing: MIT

    The findings come as organizations continue to build in pay increases for 2023.

    By Ryan Golden • Dec. 6, 2022