Monday, December 26, 2011

FMA: Economy Can Grow If Addressed 'Coherently'

If the U.S. addresses “in a coherent manner” four key issues that impact the economy — employment, consumer behavior, global economic strain, and the role of politicians — the country can expect growth of around 3 percent in 2012, forecasts an economist for a leading manufacturing industry trade group.
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Nordex Receives New Order!

The Sun reported on Tuesday, December 20, that Nordex USA Inc. received a new order for wind turbines that will be built in the Jonesboro plant.  Click here for entire article.

Monday, December 19, 2011

R&D a Positive Harbinger of Industry Growth

Global research and development (R&D) spending is expected to increase by 3.6 percent in 2011 to $1.2 trillion, according to a report from Battelle Memorial Institute.  Click here for article.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Manufacturers Are More Positive About Economy in Fourth Quarter

Manufacturing activity is picking up and all signs point to higher production this quarter and next year.  A recent survey of manufacturers indicates that 72% of respondents expect sales to increase in 2012.   Click here for article.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Phase-Out of Incandescent Light Bulbs Affects Both Manufacturers and Consumers

Thanks to the Energy Independence & Secuirty Act of 2007, manufacturers will need to move away from incandescent lamps, particularly if they make use of 100-watt bulbs.  Click here for article.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Older Workers Engaged, Committed and Satisfied with Their Jobs

A new research study by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College finds that employees 40 years old and older are the most engaged and demonstrate the highest level of organizational commitment, and that those 50 years old and older are the most satisfied with their jobs.  Click here for entire article.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Download State Wage Survey Info Here!

The State of Arkansas has published the results of its most recent wage survey.  The information for Jonesboro can be found starting on page 65 of the publication.  Link to 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Survey.