Archive for the 'Manufacturing' Category
Sunday, February 19th, 2012
GE, which specializes in solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance, announced this week a big push to hire for manufacturing jobs in Rhode Island, among other locations around the U.S.
The company unveiled a program aimed at strengthening America’s global competitiveness by building a more highly skilled workforce, lowering healthcare costs and supporting the integration of the nation’s veterans into the workforce.
As part of its focus on what works, GE will launch several new programs throughout the year, including:
· New pilot programs with partners to improve healthcare delivery in Louisville, KY, and Erie, PA, to achieve better health at lower costs in each community. This follows a successful program in Cincinnati that has resulted in significantly lower costs for both local employers and providers while improving access and maintaining quality care.
· Hiring 5,000 U.S. veterans over the next five years and sponsoring a “Hire our Heroes” partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to help veterans integrate into the civilian workforce and match them to jobs.
· Opening several manufacturing skill-building centers called “GE Garages” to spark interest in skills for jobs and partnering with GOOD/Corps on the What Works Project, a new interactive platform to highlight what works by inviting the public to submit stories, images or video depictions of what is currently driving American competitiveness. The project will award up to $10,000 each week through November to selected non-profit organizations that support American jobs and skills training.
· Doubling the number of GE engineering interns to more than 5,000 as part of an initiative proposed by the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness to add 10,000 more engineering graduates a year in the U.S.
Sunday, July 24th, 2011
Electric Boat announced last week it is laying off 104 workers in Connecticut, but those numbers did not include Rhode Island manufacturing jobs.
The layoffs will occur at the Groton shipyard.
A spokesperson for the company said the layoffs were because of a decline in work for carpenters, machinists and pipefitter at the shipyard. (more…)
Sunday, July 10th, 2011
Electric Boat said this week it will be hiring for hundreds of manufacturing jobs in Rhode Island.
General Dynamics Electric Boat has been awarded a $12.5 million contract modification by the U.S. Navy to develop advanced submarine technologies for current and future undersea platforms. Electric Boat is a wholly owned subsidiary of General Dynamics.
Under the terms of the modification, General Dynamics Electric Boat will perform advanced submarine research and development studies in support of a wide range of technology areas including manufacturability, maintainability, survivability, hydrodynamics, acoustics and materials. General Dynamics will conduct research and development work in additional areas including hull integrity, performance, ship control, logistics, weapons handling and safety. The contract also supports near-term Virginia-class technology insertion, identification of Ohio-class replacement technology options, future submarine concepts and core technologies. (more…)
Saturday, May 21st, 2011
Alexion Pharmaceuticals has announced a big expansion in Providence and will be hiring for biotechnology jobs in Rhode Island.
The drug maker is creating office space and additional laboratories that will house research and other jobs in Smithfield.
The company is creating the kinds of jobs the state is trying to attract as leaders seek ways to pull Rhode Island out of its economic doldrums. Alexion, which now employs about 125 in Smithfield, expects to increase its work force there by about 35 percent by the end of next year, said Irving Adler, senior director of corporate communications.
Expected jobs will be in the manufacturing, science, and biotechnology fields.
Salary ranges weren’t pegged, but Adler said the jobs will come with high wages.
Alexion produces the drug Soliris, the only approved therapy for patients with a rare blood disorder known as paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria.
According to Projo, Alexion bought the Smithfield facility in 2006, opened it in 2007 and won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for it to be the second facility where the company produces the drug.
Employees will come from Rhode Island and other outlying communities.
Along with the new biotech jobs, other companies are recruiting for manufacturing jobs in Rhode Island.
Saturday, May 14th, 2011
Yardney Technical Products, maker of batteries, announced recently it will be creating a slew of manufacturing jobs in Rhode Island.
The Connecticut-based company makes batteries that have been used on the Mars rover, mini-subs, and torpedoes.
Yardney will be coming to Rhode Island and creating 165 jobs, a big boost to the state’s economy.
Since the recession, many states have seen manufacturing jobs decline. The news is great for local officials and workers.
According to GoLocalProv.com, the move comes as a big economic development win for Chafee at a time when he is facing stiff opposition from business groups over his proposed budget. GoLocalProv also reported last week that Chafee had failed to bring corporate giant GE Capital to Rhode Island.
Yardney has distinguished itself since 1944 in the design, development, and manufacture of advanced battery technologies for Aerospace, the Department of Defense, and industrial/commercial applications. In addition to the Lithion product line, Yardney also produces silver-zinc and metal-air cells and batteries.
Yardney will be moving to 2000 South County Trail in East Greenwich.
Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
Taco, which manufactures heating, ventilation and air-conditioning components, is planning an expansion at its Cranston plant and may soon be hiring for manufacturing jobs in Rhode Island.
President John Hazen White Jr said he does not anticipate significant hiring at this time, but a few here and there may be needed.
They are planning a major renovation and expansion for their plant on Cranston St. in RI.
White said project will allow the company to remain in its present facility, originally a trolley depot and maintenance center that dates to around 1900.
The company has close to 400 employees currently.
About 47,000 sq feet of new space will be erected for classrooms, laboratories, conference rooms, and computer labs. Training and education is a key component of Taco’s mission.
White said they had run out of usable space and needed to expand.
The project will take about 18 months and will begin at the end of the year. The company is committed to staying in Rhode Island, and this expansion boosts that commitment.
An additional 4,600 sq feet in the factory will be created for manufacturing purposes.
Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010
Capco Steel is hiring for manufacturing jobs in Rhode Island under the new Jobs Now Rhode Island program.
The company has already hired 14 workers and plans on adding 20 to 30 more. The mayor of Providence met with the new workers to congratulate them.
Jobs Now Rhode Island is a $46 million state program that reimburses companies who hire local workers. Capco Steel is taking advantage of the incentives.
The program expires in September.
According to ProJo.com, so far, 156 job seekers and 86 businesses have signed up for Jobs Now Rhode Island, which uses federal dollars allocated to the state under the economic stimulus plan to pay for new hires.
The mayor is optimistic that about 500 more employees will be hired under the program before the expiration date.
For employers to qualify, they must agree to pay new hires the same wages and benefits as employees working similar jobs and pay applicable payroll taxes. They cannot use the federal subsidy to fill recently laid-off positions.
For job seekers to qualify, they have to be Rhode Island residents, have at least one child under the age of 18, and a family income equal to or less than 225 percent of the federal poverty level for the 30 days preceding enrollment in the program.
Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
One company is helping to create more manufacturing jobs in Rhode Island.
CrimzonRose, a jewelry manufacturing company based in North Providence, recently announced that it plans to hire 60 workers for jobs in the state. The creation of the additional jobs are possible because CrimzonRose recently acquired Erica Lyons Inc., a company based in Florida.
According to an article by The Providence Journal, Susan Lyons, the creative force behind Erica Lyons Inc., and a staff of about 30 workers will remain in Florida, while the distribution and warehouse operation in the state will close down and those functions will be transferred to Rhode Island. Despite the added jobs in Rhode Island, the company’s purchase of Erica Lyons resulted in about 75 Florida employees losing their jobs.
Monday, March 23rd, 2009
One company’s plan to relocate will result in the loss of several Rhode Island manufacturing jobs.
American Power Conversion recently announced that it plans to move its manufacturing and distribution operations from West Warick, RI, to Middletown, Pa. That move will eliminate 75 Rhode Island jobs. While the company’s manufacturing plant will close by July, its corporate headquarters will stay in West Kingston, RI.
It is thought that 100 jobs in all will be impacted, including 75 positions eliminated and the remainder moved. Employees who are laid off will be offered a severance package, outplacement assistance and transition support. The company’s non-manufacturing employees will be transfered to the West Kingston facility, according to an article by The Providence Journal.
Friday, November 7th, 2008
The State of Rhode Island currently has the highest unemployment rate in the country, and the loss of Rhode Island manufacturing jobs is only adding to what some are calling a “blue-collar” recession.
During September 2008, according to the United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state had an unemployment rate of 8.8 percent. Total non-farm employment came in at 478,200 workers, down from 479,500 during August and a decrease of 2.6 percent from last year. The manufacturing industry employed 47,400 workers, down from 47,600 during August and a decrease of 6.5 percent from last year.
Job losses in other blue-collar industries, such as office and construction jobs, also are adding to the problem. During September, Rhode Island’s construction industry employed 20,800 workers, down from 21,000 during August and a decrease of 3.3 percent from last year. The state’s professional and business services industry employed 53,800 during September, down from 53,900 during August and a decrease of 2.2 percent from last year.