Industry Market Trends

Friday Focus: 3 Types of Welding Programs on the Rise

August 23, 2013

Job prospects for welders trained in the latest technologies are bright, as businesses continue to report a shortage of these skilled workers across the country. A new crop of welding technical programs can arm prospects with the skills needed to be competitive for open positions and in tune with market demands. Read More

Industry Market Trends

Paper Mill Efficiency Measures Could Save Many Jobs

August 23, 2013

paperrollPulp and paper production has long been a major business in the Midwest, anchoring rural communities with jobs and revenue. But given that many of the mills are as old as a hundred years and handcuffed with antiquated technology, the industry has been vulnerable to competition. In the 1980s, a combination of natural-gas price spikes and low-cost foreign production led to the closing of several mills and the downsizing of others, resulting in the loss of some 100,000 jobs. Until 2008, the U.S. was the world’s largest manufacturer of paper. That year China became number one. Domestic production today is still below 2000 levels. However, now there is an opportunity to recoup some of those lost jobs. Read More