manufacturing

9:33am

Mon July 16, 2012

8:27am

Mon July 9, 2012
Business

Local labor unions rally to bring jobs back home

Richard Knowles of the United Steel Workers talks to a rally of local labor supporters.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Local labor unions are calling for politicians to do more to stop jobs from going overseas and encourage companies to bring jobs home.

Local chapters of the United Steelworkers (USW) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) organized a rally Friday afternoon outside the shuttered M&K Candle factory on Syracuse's Northside.

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5:25pm

Thu May 24, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Syracuse candle maker rekindles old flame

Light 4 Life devotional candles roll through the company's new assembly line.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Candles are again being made at a Syracuse factory that had made them for almost 100 years.

Three years after Will & Baumer closed up shop and moved its candle-making operation to Tennessee, a new manufacturer of devotional candles has taken over the old plant.

The new company - Light 4 Life Candles - is headed up by former Will & Baumer president Marshall Ciccone.

Ciccone and other company officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday.

"It's just very, very heartening to see kind of a new start," Ciccone said after the ceremony. "A new company, but doing the same kind of thing."

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7:27pm

Mon April 16, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Manufacturing growth slows, but factory hiring continues

Growth in New York's manufacturing sector has slowed, according to a new survey from the New York Fed. Above, a technician at Rochester's Certified Grinding and Machine.
Zack Seward WXXI

The recent growth in New York's manufacturing sector has slowed, but economists say it's not all bad news.

"I wouldn't make too much out of just one month. It still is indicating growth," says Richard Deitz, senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

On Monday, the New York Fed released the April edition of its Empire State Manufacturing Survey [PDF].

After four months of steady growth, the Fed's "business conditions index" saw a 14-point drop. Still, the overall outlook remains positive. 

Deitz says manufacturing employment continued to increase, though unevenly in different parts of the state.

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10:58am

Tue March 6, 2012
The Upstate Economy

Gillibrand rallies against "unfair" Chinese trade practices

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand stopped by a United Auto Workers union hall in Syracuse Monday to trumpet support for new tariffs.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

Standing in a Syracuse union hall that will close later this year, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand announced support Monday for a bill that would allow the U.S. government to slap tariffs on foreign-made auto parts.

United Auto Workers Local 624 and 2149 once supported about 4,000 workers at nearby New Process Gear. The factory, which makes parts for SUVs, is also slated to shut down later this year.

Union leaders say Gillibrand's efforts may be too late for New Process Gear, but they could help other plants in upstate New York.

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