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Caterpillar Engine Plant in China

Posted by nahetsblog on November 29, 2010

Caterpillar says the $300-million Tianjin, China, plant it is building to manufacture 3500 Series diesels for the Asia-Pacific market will not expected to affect workers at the company’s Lafayette, Ind., large-engine plant. Once operational in 2013, the Tianjin facility will be Cat’s third source for 3500 Series engines. It is Cat’s largest engine- facility investment in China to date.

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Can High Speed Trains Boost Economy?

Posted by nahetsblog on November 15, 2010

Will heavy equipment operators get a boost from a high speed train project? A new study from the Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group (MASSPIRG) shows that high-speed rail can boost our economy, save energy, curb pollution and provide a popular alternative to congested roads and airports. The report, A Track Record of Success: High-Speed Rail Around the World and Its Promise for America, details a number of examples that make a variety of cases for high-speed rail. Some benefits include: jobs: about 8,000 people were involved in construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link between the tunnel and London; development opportunities near stations: the amount of office space in the area around the rail station in city of Lyon, France has increased by 43%; reduced oil dependence: a typical trip between London and Paris via high-speed rail uses approximately a third less energy as a car or plane trip.

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Can You Get Genius Results With Just Hard Work? No | Sightings by Terry Teachout –

Posted by nahets on November 12, 2010

Can You Get Genius Results With Just Hard Work? No | Sightings by Terry Teachout –

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Solar Power adding Workers

Posted by nahetsblog on November 12, 2010

Solar Power

The solar power industry doubled the number of people that worked in the industry from 2009 to 2010, from approximately 50,000 in 2009 to 100,000 in 2010, according to the latest reports. In 2011, it is expected to grow the number of jobs in the industry by 26%. “You’d be hard pressed to find another industry with a 26 percent job growth rate for 2011,” said Rhone Resch, president of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA).

The Solar Foundation released its National Solar Jobs Census 2010 at Solar Power International in October, showing that the solar industry is creating jobs at a much faster rate than the overall U.S. economy, which is expected to grow at around 2%. The report documents, through 2500 interviews with employers throughout the country, that over the next 12 months, more than half of U.S. solar firms expect to add jobs, while only 2% expect to cut workers. Firms are adding employees in all 50 states and the fastest growing jobs are installers and electricians.

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JCB Replacing Skidsteers with New Models

Posted by nahetsblog on November 10, 2010

JCB is replacing 8 skidsteers and compact track loader models with eighteen "New Generation" skidsteers that are manufactured in the plant their Savannah, Ga., North American headquarters. Read more ….

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AGC Calls on Congress

Posted by nahetsblog on November 5, 2010

The AGC called Congress to act on issues to increase construction employment.

“Washington’s failure to pass long-delayed infrastructure bills, set annual tax rates or address costly red tape and regulations is undermining any benefits that came from the stimulus,” says Stephen Sandherr, the association’s CEO. “Our worry is that Washington’s failures will make a bad construction employment situation even worse.”

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Highways and Streets May Be Harming Economy

Posted by nahetsblog on November 4, 2010

The poor quality of the U.S. transportation roadway system may be harming U.S. business and having a bigger negative impact on the economy, highlighting the need according to new research, ….read more

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60,000 New Jobs Created in Florida

Posted by nahetsblog on November 2, 2010

According to a new report, the federal stimulus act of 2009 paid for 61,000 jobs in Florida in the third quarter of 2010, the most of any state in the country.

The federal report on stimulus spending says Florida now has spent $4.3 billion of the $11 billion in stimulus money awarded to it. In the three months that ended Sept. 30, that paid for the equivalent of 61,725 full-time jobs created or saved.

Most of the jobs went to educators — 47,005 teachers and schools support staff, supported by huge federal education grants that Florida received, including the nationally competitive “race to the top” $261 million award Florida grabbed in July. Many of those teachers would have been laid off by their districts had the stimulus money not been there.

Other jobs being credited to the stimulus include 2,825 people helping build highways; 2,627 people hired to expand Florida’s programs to retrain workers and provide other services to unemployed; and 1,176 people employed to build new water system projects around the state.

California was second in stimulus jobs during the quarter, with 50,071. Nationally, the stimulus money created or saved 671,607 full-time jobs, the report said.

Florida reported that it created or saved 40,603 full-time stimulus jobs in the previous quarter, which ended June 30.

Florida officials contend the actual job counts are higher, because of the way the federal rules tabulate jobs. According to the state’s unofficial count, about 120,000 people received paychecks funded by stimulus money in July, August and September, said Don Winstead, Florida economic stimulus special advisor.

“Clearly, still the area where you have the most employment impact is education. Obviously, there is a lot of the education budget that was related to the stimulus,” Winstead said. “All the highway money is committed. There is a lot of construction going on.”

Still, the stimulus has not turned around Florida’s unemployment trends. Florida’s jobless rate was 11.9 percent in September, and it was 9.4 percent when President Obama signed the bill in February 2009.

So far, Florida has spent about 38.9 percent of the stimulus jobs grants money it has been awarded. Nationally, about 44 percent of the jobs money has been spent.

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