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How Caterpillar, Deere Kept Equipment Making Plants Open During Coronavirus Outbreak

While Detroit automakers’ unionized auto factories have been idled by the coronavirus pandemic, farm and construction equipment makers Deere and Caterpillar have won the support of the United Auto Workers and other unions to run their facilities during the pandemic. …

Midwest Business Conditions Index Rose in February: Report

A business conditions index for nine Midwestern and Plains states rose over the past month, pointing to continued improvement in regional economic conditions, according to a report issued Thursday. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index hit 59.7 in February, compared with …

Manufacturing Boosting Midwest Economy, Survey Finds

Results from a monthly survey of business supply managers suggest that manufacturing is boosting economic conditions in nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a report issued on March 1. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index report said the overall economic …

AHT Insurance Expands Manufacturing Practice in Chicago

Virginia-based independent insurance brokerage, AHT Insurance, has expanded its Chicago operations with the addition of Adam Billmeyer as a risk consultant in the manufacturing practice. Opened in 2014, AHT’s Chicago office has focused on the growth of AHT’s manufacturing, technology …

Minnesota Manufacturers Relying on Robots Amid Worker Shortage

A growing number of Minnesota manufacturers are turning to robots amid a shortage of skilled workers. Minnesota Public Radio News reports small companies are following the lead of larger manufacturers. Bob Kill, president and CEO of consulting firm Enterprise Minnesota, …

Integro, One Source Launch Global Credit Insurance Offering

International insurance broker Integro, based in New York, has expanded into credit insurance to assist clients in managing global receivables and political risks. Integro is partnering with One Source Risk Management and Funding Inc., a specialist broker for credit mitigation …

Though Productive and More Educated, Ohio Workers Earning Less

Ohio workers are more productive and better educated these days, yet they aren’t necessarily making more money as a result, according to a new report. Ohio productivity grew by nearly 67 percent between 1979 and 2013, while median hourly wages …

Lack of Skilled Workers a Challenge for Kansas City Area Manufacturers

Manufacturing companies in Kansas and Missouri say there are plenty of high-paying jobs available for people qualified to run sophisticated factory equipment, but there doesn’t seem to be enough local talent to fill them. Industry leaders in both states say …

Report: Midwest Economy Still Strong, Growth to Continue

The economy remained strong in nine Midwest and Plains states in August, and a monthly survey of business leaders released Sept. 2 suggests growth will continue in the months ahead. The region’s overall economic index inched up to 57.2 last …

Houston-Based Manufacturer Fined Nearly $200K for Safety Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Piping Technology and Products Inc. in Houston for four repeat and three serious violations after a worker was injured in June from being struck by a broken die …