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Report: Job Stats Should Include Broader View Of Manufacturing
U.S. job training efforts and economic statistics should include a broader look at manufacturing processes, according to a recent report by the Brookings Institution. In the report, authors Kate Whitefoot and Walter Valdivia note current manufacturing statistics don't account for services before or after production, from initial research and development to follow-up service and maintenance. Manufacturing.net
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Enviro Tech Chemical Services Dedicates Chemical Services Plant In Helena-West Helena, Arkansas
Enviro Tech Chemical Services, a chemical company focused on food safety and water treatment, dedicated the Enviro Tech Chemical Services plant at the Helena Harbor in Helena-West Helena, Arkansas. Area Development
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Trade-Related Job Loss by State
How many manufacturing jobs have been lost in your state? If you click on your state, you'll find information about total manufacturing job losses and more. We include data from the U.S. government's Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) about the overall loss of manufacturing jobs by state – due to both trade and other causes. Moreover, we include estimates from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), a D.C. research group, on the number of additional jobs that could have been supported with balanced trade with China and the NAFTA countries. The three separate measures – from the TAA program, BLS and EPI – help provide a fuller picture of the impact of U.S. trade policy on jobs in your community. Citizen.org
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Santa Rosa Industrial Park brings business, new jobs
With several companies already settling in at the Santa Rosa Industrial Park in East Milton and another three expected in the coming months, the county-owned complex is slated to be near capacity for the first time ever by the end of this year. Pnj.com
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Do The Math: Fracking By The Numbers
Recent analysis by the Environmental Protection Agency provides new estimates about the number of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Here’s a rundown of the report’s key findings: Manufacturing.net
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International Paper Invests $135 Million To Expand Production At Its Mill In Riegelwood, North Carolina
International Paper plans to invest $135 million to expand fluff pulp production at its mill in Riegelwood, North Carolina. The investment will convert the mill to 100 percent fluff and softwood pulp production, adding an incremental 400,000 tons of capacity, with ongoing flexibility to shift between the two products. Area Development
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Hicks Plastics Invests $10.4 Million To Open Manufacturing Plant In Knoxville, Tennessee
In order to increase supplier efficiency, advanced plastics manufacturer Hicks Plastics will open a new production facility in Knoxville, Tennessee. Hicks Plastics plans to invest $10.4 million to begin operations in an existing building located at 1821 Mid Park Drive, creating 202 new jobs in Knox County. Area Development
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Ceva Animal Health Plans Warehousing And Distribution Center In Kansas City, Missouri
veterinary pharmaceutical company, Ceva Animal Health signed a five-year lease to occupy 72,000 square feet of warehousing and distribution space in Hunt Midwest SubTropolis, the world’s largest underground business complex in Kansas City, Missouri. Area Development
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This Southern State Has the Highest Use of Mood-Altering Drugs
Everyone needs to unwind, but we don't all do it in the same way. Among the 50 states, it is people in West Virginia who most commonly report taking mood-altering drugs to help them relax, whereas Alaskans are the least likely to say the same, a new poll finds. Yahoo.com
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Manufacturing on the Rise in Florida
When one thinks of business in Florida, most think of tourism—amusement parks, fishing, golf, and beaches—or Florida’s world-famous citrus agriculture—oranges, grapefruits, and strawberries. Perhaps Florida’s best kept secret: Florida’s manufacturing sector is surging forward. Natlawreview.com
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Features & Opinion

 Randle Report - Business News in the South

For those who still languish over "losing to China" or believe that the economy is still in recession, wake up and smell the data. Economic development in the South was about as good as it gets in calendar year 2015 according to the data. And as for China, borrowing a quote from the late football coach Bear Bryant that he made in the half-time locker room down 15-0 to Georgia Tech in 1960, "We got 'em right where we want 'em." For those of you who don't know the rich history of Alabama Crimson Tide football, Bama scored all of its 16 points in the fourth quarter, kicking a field goal on the last play of the game to beat Tech 16-15.
 

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By Mike Randle
Today, factories in the U.S. make twice as much product as they did in 1984. And they are doing it with one-third of the manufacturing workforce. In fact, the output of durable goods in 2015 was the highest in the nation's history. So, we do have a strong manufacturing base, at least in the South, much of the Midwest and parts of the West, and it is getting stronger because on a cost-basis, we can compete with any major manufacturing nation in the world.  
 

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The argument for or against a minimum wage hike continues between the reds and the blues, as well as within the economic development community in the South. Should we stay the course with a minimum wage under $8 an hour to better compete with Mexico, the South's biggest competitor for jobs, or set a minimum wage just over $10 an hour, a wage floor most centrists support? That $10 per hour is, according to the MIT Living Wage Calculator, about right in most states in the South for one adult to be able to cover basic expenses plus all relevant taxes.
 
 Randle Report - Business News in the South
Recent data from the Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA) showed that the technology industry is one of the fastest growing job generators in the South and the nation. The report also indicated that technology job compensation is growing faster than any other sector.
 


 

 

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