Toyota Bodine helps create new technician degree program

Missouri students seeking opportunities to land a job requiring highly advanced skills will be able to get training and a degree through a new program that will be offered through the State Technical College of Missouri (STC) in partnership with Toyota Bodine. Both STC and Toyota Bodine are members of Associated Industries of Missouri. The Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program has been launched by Toyota in several other states where the company has manufacturing facilities. Toyota works with a local technical college to prepare students in multiple skills that are in demand by manufacturers throughout the country. Wednesday, October 1, Toyota Bodine announced that STC would be its partner in Missouri to teach students in multiple skill areas such as robotics, fluid power, maintenance reliability and lean manufacturing. STC will operate the program on the campus of Lewis and Clark Career Center in St. Charles. “We are pleased to  have been chosen by Toyota Bodine to offer the Advanced Manufacturing

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Ford announces 1200 new jobs at Claycomo – more good news from Manufacturing Jobs Act promoted by AIM

Building on its earlier commitments to retain jobs, and earlier announcements to add 2,800 more jobs in 2012 and 2013, Ford Motor Company today announced it is adding 1,200 additional jobs at the Claycomo, Mo, plant to support growing demand for the Ford Transit line of commercial vehicles. “The job growth we have created in U.S. manufacturing is a testament to our strong partnership with the UAW, the union’s competitiveness, and the growing demand for Ford’s portfolio of cars, utilities and trucks,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford president, The Americas. “Adding a second shift to Kansas City Assembly Plant adds more jobs to this community, and it also helps deliver more Transit vehicles to more customers throughout North America.” “This newest expansion of production, providing so many family-supporting jobs in the Kansas City area and across the state, is another example of how smart incentive plans like the Missouri Manufacturing Jobs Act that was promoted heavily by Associated Industries of Missouri,

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NAM: Business community takes stock of inversion rules

The Wall Street Journal (9/24, Mckinnon, Subscription Publication) reports that tax lawyers and similar experts said on Tuesday that the Obama Administration’s actions on Monday to make corporate inversions less attractive should discourage such moves, at least for the time being. However, they also believe that the White House maneuvers could reduce the pressure to reform the US corporate tax code, reducing the competitiveness of domestic companies. Reuters (9/24, Drawbaugh, Kim) reports that the new rules had an immediate impact on the share prices of almost a dozen companies in the US and Europe. Reuters says that corporate executives were taken aback by the strength of new rules laid out by the Treasury Department. The New York Times (9/24, Subscription Publication) calls the Treasury move “smart and narrowly tailored” and adds that the “new rules would take away some — but not all — of the reasons that a company might want to give up United States citizenship.” However, “most

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AIM and Clay County EDC host discussion: how to promote entrepreneurism in Missouri with Rep. T.J. Berry, former Rep. Jerry Nolte

Friday, September 19, the Clay County EDC and the Associated Industries of Missouri, along with Grow Missouri jointly hosted a discussion with business leaders about entrepreneurship and ideas to “Create a Great State.”  The discussion was led by Rep. T. J. Berry and former Rep. Jerry Nolte, and included observations and ideas from several area entrepreneurs. The group included participation from several area economic developers, including Blue Springs EDC leader Brien Starner and Ed Holicky, economic developer for the City of Smithville, as well as a representative of one of the KC area’s largest employers, Melissa Freeman from Cerner Corporation, and agencies that exist to help entrepreneurs connect with the resources they need, including the Digital Sandbox – KC.  Aaron Willard from Grow Missouri talked about the history of the group and the effort to collect ideas for advancing Missouri as a location for job creators, large and small, and the best ways to foster innovation and job creation in

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NAM: New report shows status quo on infrastructure hampers competitiveness

U.S. Manufacturers Won’t Reach Economic Potential Without Public–Private Partnership and Commitment to Infrastructure Investment A new study commissioned by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and conducted by Inforum at the University of Maryland offers a view into the economic benefits the U.S. economy would reap with a more concerted effort to address the nation’s infrastructure needs. In total, the study finds that a targeted and long-term increase in public infrastructure investments from all public and private sources over the next 15 years will: • Increase jobs by almost 1.3 million at the onset of an initial boost; • Grow real GDP 1.3 percent by 2020 and 2.9 percent by 2030; • Create a progressively more productive economy, which, due to cumulative effects through time, will benefit from a $3 return on investment for every $1 invested in infrastructure by 2030; and household by 2020 and $4,400 per household by 2030 (measured in 2009 dollars). • Provide Americans an increase

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Proposed EPA regulations will harm Missouri industries

by Ray McCarty, President/CEO, Associated Industries of Missouri Energy consumers throughout the State of Missouri will soon feel the impact of recently issued regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency that seek to limit carbon emissions from the U.S. power fleet.  The EPA is requiring existing power plants to cut their emissions by 30 percent by 2030 – an incredibly difficult bar to clear. Since our state gets more than 80 percent of electricity from coal-powered plants, this mandate is detrimental to how we produce and use energy in Missouri. And since the nation as a whole gets nearly 70 percent of its power through fossil energy sources like coal and natural gas, the impacts would be felt far beyond Missouri, as well. Policy and business leaders have been bracing for this type of rule for a while. The Obama Administration tried to implement its climate agenda through Congress in 2010, but a bill never made it to the president’s desk

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Boeing wins contract for new “space taxi”

The U.S. is going back to space and just as in the heyday of the “space race”, Boeing will be providing the vehicles. On Wednesday, NASA announced it was awarding part of a new contract to build a new space vehicle to Associated Industries of Missouri Circle of Elite Organizations member Boeing. Boeing Aerospace, to be more precise, will design and build a new “space taxi” to fly back and forth and dock with the international space station. This will allow U.S. astronauts to fly to the station on their own schedule and save NASA the $71 million per seat fee it now pays Russia for flights on Soyuz rockets. The contract between NASA and Boeing is said to amount to $4.2 billion with flights to the space station to commence as early as 2017. Boeing is developing a space vehicle especially designed for carrying crew and supplies to the space station. The CST-100 capsule looks similar to Boeing-designed capsules

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Manufacturers: Congress must focus on long-term reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank

Businesses Need Certainty from Congress Washington, D.C., 09/17/14 –  Following House passage of a continuing resolution that temporarily reauthorizes the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey issued this statement: “The House acted today to keep the Ex-Im Bank open past September 30. The bad news is that this extension does nothing to provide manufacturers and small businesses with the certainty they need to compete in a global economy. Simply put, Congress’s work is far from over. Until a long-term reauthorization is enacted, U.S. exporters will be forced to operate under a haze of uncertainty that hurts job growth and only bolsters our foreign competitors. Countries around the world are not debating whether to provide export financing—they know, as we do, that exports are a critical driver of manufacturing growth. According to a recent NAM study, the world’s nine-largest foreign export credit agencies support their exporters with nearly half a trillion

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EPA extends comment period on carbon emission standards 45 days

A small glimmer of hope for those fighting against the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Tuesday, Janet McCabe, the Acting Assistant Administrator for the EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation announced a 45-day extension of the comment period for the proposal. The period now closes on December 1, 2014. The extension comes after heavy pressure from politicians on Capitol Hill, to association executives across the country, as utility companies struggle to come up with plans to cut power plant emissions by 30 percent by 2030. “An extension of the comment period for the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas emissions regulations is a step in the right direction, but the cost and the impacts of the proposal itself are still a major concern for our over 160 members,” said Lisa Camooso Miller, a spokesperson for the Partnership for a Better Energy Future of which Associated Industries of Missouri is a member. “EPA should use these 45 days to listen seriously to the concerns

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Wentzville GM plant adds third shift, 750 jobs

The automotive sector of Missouri’s economy continues to with the announcement by General Motors that it is adding a third shift at its Wentzville Assembly Plant. The move is expected to create 750 additional jobs at the plant by 2015. The new shift will help the auto giant keep up with demand for its new Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon midsize pickup trucks, as well as the Chevrolet Express and GMC Savanna full-size vans. According to a news release from General Motors, the Colorado has received nearly 30,000 dealer orders, a high take rate for a new product. The Colorado and Canyon both go on sale this fall. The 750 third shift jobs will bring a record employment of 3,350 workers at the plant in the St. Louis suburbs. It’s the first time in the plant’s 30-year history that it has run a full three shifts. In the last three years, GM has invested more than $500 million into the

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