- SPECIAL REPORTS
When President Barack Obama joined Silicon Valley’s top luminaries for dinner in California last February, each guest was asked to come with a question for the president. But as Steve Jobs spoke, Obama interrupted with an inquiry of his own: What would it take to make iPhones in the United States?
INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana legislature is set to vote on a right-to-work bill that would make it illegal for businesses and unions to negotiate contracts that require all employees—even those who do not wish to be union members—to pay union fees as a condition of their employment.
WASHINGTON—President Obama will emphasize the importance of U.S. manufacturing in his State of the Union address tonight.
AURORA, IL—Intellectual property theft has forced a manufacturer of audiovisual mounts here to reshore production just two years after moving it to China.
CLAREMORE, OK—Baker Hughes, a manufacturer of pumps for oil and gas drilling sites, is investing $80 million to build a new manufacturing and R&D center here. The company is adding 600 to 700 jobs.
GALAX, VA—Vaughan-Bassett Furniture will open a new assembly plant here in March, creating 50 new jobs.
CINCINATTI—Local manufacturers are revving up efforts to attract the region’s youngest workers to high-tech factory jobs of the future: Increasingly, they’re offering high-school kids job-shadowing opportunities, scholarships and apprenticeships where students split time between work and school.
PORTSMOUTH, NH—Westinghouse’s nuclear components manufacturing facility in Newington, NH, is expanding and is hosting a job fair Tuesday, Jan. 31, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Holiday Inn on the Portsmouth traffic circle. Westinghouse is seeking qualified candidates for positions in the following areas: Quality inspection and engineering, fabrication, industrial hygiene, maintenance scheduling and production planning.
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