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Homegrown manufacturing saves lives

Homegrown manufacturing saves lives

A few years ago, a woman was facing the news she would need a double amputation below her knees because the arteries in her legs were diseased and blocked. A snowstorm delayed the surgery, and the woman went on the Internet to explore options for her condition. She found Spectranetics and a few phone calls… Continue Reading Homegrown manufacturing saves lives

Building a manufacturing pipeline

Companies and educators are working to connect people with manufacturing jobs As 2013 kicks off, so has an initiative by El Paso and Teller county teachers, employers and workforce specialists to ensure that when manufacturers put out a “Now Hiring” call, there will be skilled workers ready to answer. Those working in the manufacturing sector… Continue Reading Building a manufacturing pipeline

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Udall backs PPCC’s workforce plans

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Sen. Mark Udall examined small bearings, looked into a welding simulator and watched a 3D printer make a small intricate part in the technical classrooms during a visit this week at Pikes Peak Community College. Udall was there to speak to students, instructors and PPCC president Lance Bolton. In his week off from Senate activities… Continue Reading Udall backs PPCC’s workforce plans

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Colorado had 10 mass layoffs in November, down from the 16 last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. A mass layoff involves at least 50 workers from a single employer. Colorado employers laid off 992 workers  in November compared to 1,358 in November 2011. Nationally, the manufacturing sector accounted for 25 percent… Continue Reading Colo. mass layoffs drop from 16 to 10, manufacturing sees most

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Let’s not give up on manufacturing in America

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Whenever I meet someone for the first time and they ask what I do for a living, and I tell them I am in manufacturing, the typical response is, “I thought we didn’t make anything here anymore.” I am quick to point out that we still make a lot of “stuff” in the United States.… Continue Reading Let’s not give up on manufacturing in America

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Pikes Peak Community College has created a new position to oversee its manufacturing and technical programs. The position aims to connect local manufacturing workforce needs with the college’s growing manufacturing programs. The associate dean for manufacturing, industry and technical studies is a position that has been tops on PPCC President Lance Bolton’s list since he… Continue Reading PPCC creates dean of manufacturing position

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US factory orders fell .5 percent in June

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Companies placed fewer orders with U.S. factories in June from May, signaling further weakness with manufacturing.   The Commerce Department said Thursday that factory orders fell 0.5 percent in June, the third decline in four months.   Orders for core capital goods, considered a good proxy for business investment, dropped 1.7 percent. Demand fell for… Continue Reading US factory orders fell .5 percent in June

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Voters say that creating jobs and strengthening manufacturing are top U.S. priorities, according to a poll of focus groups conducted by a bipartisan team of prominent Republican and Democratic pollsters. By a sizeable margin, voters rated manufacturing as the industry “most important to the overall strength of the American economy,” and support a national strategy… Continue Reading Voters: Jobs and manufacturing are top priorities

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Retired manufacturer Barry Baum could find himself up to his eyeballs in tax receipts this summer. This month, he plans to ask city officials if he can pore over a year’s worth of equipment tax bills from businesses across the city. There could be thousands. Baum is on a mission to find out just how… Continue Reading Waiving use tax will mean diving into city’s receipts

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The federal government is launching a $26 million challenge to manufacturers to foster innovation and job creation through public-private partnerships. The hope is the challenge will help entice private capital to projects that oculd promote cluster-based development in regions across the United States. The government wants to build on the momentum within the manufacturing sector,… Continue Reading Government launches $26 million innovation challenge

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