Battery in Michigan -- and it's a good thing
Manufacturer's decision to locate new plant in state hailed as 'exactly what we need'
The state of Michigan hasn't had the best of years, but an announcement from a Massachusetts battery manufacturer that it will lcoate a new plant in southeast Michigan was hailed by politicians and labor unions as a major step forward.
A123 Systems' new plant will build batteries for hybrid cars and other alternative energy uses, which drew wide praise from state officials. The Detroit Free-Press quoted U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow as saying the announcement "is exactly where we need to be in terms of advanced manufacturing. Battery development and battery manufacturing is critical to the auto industry and critical to the next generation of hybrids and plu-in hybrids.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.