Manufacturing

Changing Face of Manufacturing Leads to Skills Gap, Job Opportunities
Walter Burgess

Changing Face of Manufacturing Leads to Skills Gap, Job Opportunities

For those half-empty-glass people, the increasing use of advanced technology — think robotics, lasers and computers — in manufacturing has led to a "skills gap" that makes finding capable employees challenging. For you half-full-glass folks, the increasing use of advanced technology in manufacturing means that job opportunities exist for those with the right abilities.
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AERT to Pay $44K Fine In Fatal Fire

Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies of Springdale agreed to pay fines of $44,000 for violations related to a fatal fire in July.
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Unemployment rates dropped year over year in all seven Arkansas metropolitan areas surveyed by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, according to data released Wednesday.
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Rockline Industries Announces Plans for Russellville Plant

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