Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I heard about this possibility about a week ago but waited until it was confirmed. Sustainable Textile Group LLC will run in the old HaynesBrand mill that will create 223 in two years and pay an average salary of over $29,000, benefits not included. Right now, any job is a good job and can help the local economy grow and that's 223 people who will be better off for having a job. No word yet on when you can apply or how to contact them but I would contact ESC if your interested and ask questions, networking is always a great idea.
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Charlotte Diversity & Professional Career Fair-Thursday, April 16
The Park(formerly known as Charlotte Merchandise Mart)
2500 E. Independence Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28205
10am-2:30pm in Freedom Hall
http://www.diversityhiringexpos.com/ for more details or call 704-333-7709 for directions
Putting America Back To Work-Tuesday, April 30
Holiday Inn-Charlotte-University Place
8520 University Exec Park, Charlotte, NC 28262
http://charlotte.employmentguide.com and click on Job Fairs for more details
Monday, March 16, 2009
But hey, let's blame the workers right for wanting to make a decent wage and have a few nice things. It's obviously the unions getting health care and pay raises and not corporate greed that put us in this bind. I have never been one to complain when someone makes a profit but I will when that company is claiming losses and getting major government aid that will make my grand kids broke and living in poverty before they are born. Last time I checked, I never got rides in private jets and a share of millions in bonuses. Sorry, I will stop asking for help with doctor's bills that were mostly created by my work environment so I don't interfere with your bonuses.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
Manufacturing Operator III - 2nd shift (Charlotte)
Thirsty for a career?
Our company may not be the same as when J.B. Harrison first began delivering Coca-Cola back in 1902, but its dynamic, innovative culture lives on and keeps Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated a consistently dominating competitive force in the soft drink industry. Similar to the secret formula of the signature beverage we make, sell and deliver, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated provides several key ingredients that can allow you to enjoy a level of “career refreshment” and value unequaled in the industry.
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated offers careers with unlimited possibilities, tailored benefits, enriching relationships, and career advancement.
Company: Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated
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Employee Type: N/A
Manages Others: Not Specified
Job Type: Manufacturing
Req'd Education: None
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Ref ID: 7621
Operate, maintain and troubleshoot multiple pieces of production equipment in execution of daily production schedule according to the SOP for the Filler, Labeler and other “complex” production equipment.
Schedule: 2pm - 10:30pm. Overtime required based on production schedule. Holidays, weekends and overtime as needed.
Perform necessary pre-operation activities to ensure proper equipment start up and operation on multiple pieces of equipment.
Operate/Monitor multiple pieces of equipment during operation to ensure quality product and minimal unplanned stops.
Accurately and efficiently perform steps necessary to conduct flavor/package changes and proper shut-downs to minimize down-time wasted resources.
Communicate with team members and support teams to ensure continuous production of the correct product at high quality levels with minimal wasted time and materials.
Housekeeping and Sanitation.
Experience and proficiency as a Machine Operator preferred.
Previous experience in a high speed manufacturing environment is required.
Must have Intermediate mechanical skills.
Familiarity/Experience with up-stream and down-stream processes is preferred.
Competency in the operation/monitoring of two or more related and/or interdependent processes
Competency in monitoring and adjusting equipment speeds, pressures, & temperatures using simple tools as needed
Ability and experience in starting/stopping equipment
Ability and experience in Identifying and clear material jams
Ability and experience in Identifying and address (troubleshoot) complex process issues that can be resolved by adjusting speeds, pressures,& temperatures.
Ability and experience in operating equipment in “auto” and “manual/jog”
Ability and experience in making mechanical/pneumatic/hydraulic adjustments to “fine-tune” processes based on observations of equipment operation
Complex process understanding
Simple tool usage
Experience in reading and following written SOP’s (Standard operating Procedures) or instructions
Must be able to complete work requests and forms (handwritten and/or computer-based) to accurately document production/downtime.Follow verbal instructions
Should have Forklift Experience and skills
Strong math skills
Ability to lift 50 pounds
Ability to stand, walk, climb, bend and stoop throughout shift.
Ability to work in extreme temperatures and work in noisy conditions
Must be able to work weekends.
Great Company. Great Jobs. Opportunity to Earn Great Rewards.
These words summarize our Employee Value Proposition (EVP). Our EVP is the embodiment of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated's dedication to its employees. It represents a compelling and differentiating promise designed to define the work experience at CCBCC and to communicate a comprehensive partnership between CCBCC and you. If you're interested in joining a company that takes this promise seriously, then you should consider joining our team!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Tuesday- Greensboro Job Fair 9am-1pm Quality Inn Suites 7067 Albert Pick Road
Saturday- Kannapolis Intimidators 10am-noon Fieldcrest Cannon Stadium conference room on 2nd level, Kannapolis Exit 63 Interstate 85
March 6- CPCC Career Fair (the one I have listed below as well) 10am-2:30pm Grady Cole Center 310 N. Kings Drive, Charlotte
March 10- Catawba Valley Community College Job Fair 1pm-6pm Multipurpose Complex 2550 US 70 SE, Hickory.
March 26- Veteran's Job Fair 11am-3pm The Speedway Club at Lowe's Motor Speedway; preregistration through the website is required
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
I found the above article and thought some of you may like to read this. It does not offer possible solutions as yet but that he intends to discuss possible ways to restructure the American automotive industry. He believes major changes need to be made and I would have to agree.
I am not an economist nor do I play one on TV but here are some areas I would explore.
The most often discussed issue, tax breaks on those who purchase American made vehicles which I think also needs to be the first place to start. Maybe higher taxes on vehicles manufactured outside of it as well. I am not saying to make foreign vehicles unaffordable but most people buy Kia or Hyundai because they are so much cheaper then other cars and get as much if not more gas mileage then them as well. We need a more fair playing field if we are to survive.
Wages and benefits must be fair but the days of $30 an hour plus fully paid insurance are more then likely history. Unions and company executives must find a medium so that both sides can continue to profit and not suffer. Whether it is creativity such as bonus incentives either cash or otherwise (maybe a paid day off a month if you reach a certain target or paid dinner/gift certificates through a company who you can reach a fair deal with, etc), maybe topping pay lower then the average income but continue paid benefits, higher wages but pay a share of the benefits, etc. Both sides will have to work together to make the companies profitable as well as helping the employees earn enough to live a decent lifestyle. The problem is, for years there has been reason to have lack of trust on both sides and we must overcome that. You can't lay off workers and collect a $10 million bonus just because it is in your contract or you still reached some milestone. Many executives make a fair wage and I am not blaming them one bit for wanting to make as much as they can but you can't exploit the people who provide your product just so you can be richer and not care about the worker. How about everyone gets a bonus or nobody at all? Profit sharing also encourages employees to show up for work, put quality into the job they are doing and make them feel more like part of the company. I just find it so hard to believe that both white and blue collar workers can't function together for the good of the company's future and both sides be content.
We also must start recruiting the brilliant engineering minds of our future to help make these cars more fuel efficient and top of the line quality for lower prices. I know we have the talent pool in our high schools and colleges to explore alternatives fuels, aerodynamics, and other mechanical technologies to assist in this venture. Bill Gates made billions because he recruited using this model and the auto industry can as well. I know we have some great minds already working on this and we need to keep using the best to add variety to our thinking. For instance, I was told once that the WWE who uses writers to help with their shows, doesn't always look to hire the best minds for the business, sometimes they want a mix of people with different ideas to help come from different angles. American automakers need to be the best at what we do again and hire and recruit the best.
These are just some of my thoughts on what I think needs to be looked at to help rejuvenate the industry, so what do you think? If President Obama called you right now and asked what to do, what would you tell him? Let the automakers fail on their own as competition weeds out the weak? Have the government subsidize the whole industry to prevent the eventual disappearance of American automobiles? Place tariffs on more foreign made products and tax breaks on those made in this country along with other incentives to build here to counteract lower wages in other countries who do not have the human rights that we have and can use things we consider to be violations? Isn't the anger China might feel better then the impact the American people will feel when they are unable to work and living off government programs so that 50% of this country is basically sponsoring the other 50%? Time will tell but let's hope soon we get some answers American workers can handle and get this country back on it's feet.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Found this item today in the Job Finder free paper, a job fair in Charlotte at the Grady Cole Center on Friday March 6, 2009 from 10am-2:30pm. You can click the link to find out more and here to find out who will be there http://www.cpcc.edu/career/studentsgrads/events/career/scheduled .
Professional dress is required, remember to bring many resumes if you attend any job fair and also be prepared to have a quick pitch to sell yourself to them. Judging by what I have seen recently, I would go early and be prepared for long lines because any job fair of late is drawing thousands due to the current economy. I am unsure yet if I will attend because of the turnouts lately and I have to be to work later that day but there is a very good possibility of it.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Then I see this article http://money.aol.com/news/articles/jobs/_a/bbdp/smithfield-foods-cuts-jobs-closes-plants/345943 which talks about Smithfield Foods closing it's 6 factories down and cutting out 1,800 jobs. This will effect jobs in North Carolina, Florida, Kansas, Ohio, Nebraska and it's home area in Virginia. I truly hate posting items like this and can't wait until the day that I can post someone is hiring thousands on a regular basis. Of course, in order for that to happen, someone will have to either find a way to counteract NAFTA programs or incentive programs to encourage new businesses or businesses to return. Sorry but this battle is far from over and we are losing the war on the average household being able to work for a living. Please write your local representatives and papers to tell them how much we are suffering everyday that more people lose jobs. I have added job resources to this website as well as have listed the website to contact your politicians, even the White House and I can tell you from first hand experience, those letters are read and often times they will also respond. They are voted there by us and we need to ensure they are looking out for us or else we will find someone else who will.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
This week Piedmont Aviation Component Services LLC, a provider of aircraft maintenance services and sales, announced plans to expand its operations in Kernersville. The company plans to invest $5.8 million and create 120 jobs this year by relocating sister company Limco from Oklahoma to North Carolina. The announcement was made possible in part by a $44,000 grant from the One North Carolina Fund.
Piedmont Aviation Component Servicesâ€™ roots stem from the 1940 creation of Piedmont Aviation in Winston-Salem, from which emerged Piedmont Airlines. North Carolina has a growing aerospace sector, and Governor Perdue is excited to work with a homegrown company like Piedmont.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
I found the two articles above to compare how the new stimulus package will impact Syracuse, NY and Charlotte, NC, both areas hit hard by severe job losses in recent years as manufacturing jobs leave our country for cheaper, unregulated labor. Unfortunately for those looking for work, this will not help you much and will not provide nearly enough jobs to help stimulate the economy. So we have a few more construction jobs, highway crews and maybe some who want jobs researching alternate energies but what about for those of us who college is little or no option and simply just want a job to pay our bills?
How could you pass $787 billion dollars that will have to be paid back when you provided few jobs to help generate taxable income needed to pay it back? Yes, I think our schools need help and teachers should be millionaires before athletes are (and this from a huge sport fan) and we need more schools/programs to help prepare our kids for the future. I also think for those who are unemployed and faced with paying for Cobra insurance, that was a no brainer to assist with that because how do you ask an unemployed family to pay $1500 a month for insurance when many will barely make that in unemployment? If you bring jobs that have left the US such as the manufacturing industry back to the US and use the money to entice them through tax breaks/bonuses based on the amount of jobs they produce, maybe we would be in better shape. I also think killing the "Buy American" incentives was wrong in so many ways and those like Sen. McCain who likened this to protectionist trade policy and saying we will make enemies of other countries need a reality check into the everyday people and their lives surrounding them who live in poverty and those who are headed there in the near future.
I remember hearing President Obama urging for this to pass quickly as many Americans are suffering but tax breaks are not much help when people have no jobs to pay taxes, $25 extra in unemployment and a check for $250 to social security recipients will help little long term and NOT create new jobs, only help get a few more people a little bit more at the grocery store. Please someone explain to me why I will now have bill collectors calling my house for their money I owe them that I rightfully just want to work to earn as opposed to cheering because there were so many more jobs stimulated due to this bill.
Oh and for the record, college is little to no option to me. The simple solution of "everyone just go to college" does not work for everyone of us because it is not as simple as it sounds. That will help some and I gladly applaud those who it will help but there are provisions and many factors that blanket statements do not identify. And have some considered the possibility that just maybe some of us tried college and were not suited for it? That does not mean everyone who is not a good student should work 2-3 jobs earning minimum wage should have to accept that as a viable option to feed their families. For the record, my IQ level is not that low but I am a horrible student (and those who read the book I had published can tell you how much I learned after all those years of grammar and English classes). Uncle Sam paid me good money through the GI Bill after my 4 years in the Army (which was started after I tried a couple semesters of college by the way and failed miserably) and it turned out to be a waste of good money and every one's time as no matter how hard I tried, I was unable to succeed. Besides, many of the programs I would have interest in, generate little income and are not endorsed by the TAA program.
I am not out to bash President Obama as many are or were when President Bush was in office with him, I simply don't see any incentive for me to be excited by a bill that my kid's kids will be forced to pay back while their father works multiple jobs to try and stay alive. Heck, my most promising option seems to be to return to the military and for the record, I was not very good at that either. Please, bring back my job and those jobs of my family, my friend, my neighbors and my fellow citizens so we can go back to working hard and generate the taxes we need to survive as well as pay our mortgages. Keep your handouts to yourselves as it's very well documented many in Washington love to do, I want to work for my weekends (and if I have to, occasionally on them). We all complain about working for a living sometimes but that is nothing compared to the magnitude of the impact we will feel when the jobs are gone and nothing is done to help them stay here. I am sorry if Canada and China will be upset and I know free trade brings cheaper goods but bringing back jobs, tax breaks for those who buy American goods and tax breaks to companies who employ workers by the hundreds or thousands will do more then improving infrastructure. After all, who will visit these new buildings, drive these new streets, and ride the rail systems when people can't afford to travel such roads? And who will pay for it all when there are not enough jobs to stimulate taxes and crime rates accelerate as poverty tempts those with good intentions to find short cuts to survive? I pray we will soon find real answers but from what I have seen, this package will help too little and too late. Repeal NAFTA and programs similar to it and lets start giving incentives for businesses to produce jobs in our great country once again.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
|Progress 2009: Revonate Manufacturing of Liverpool|
Thursday, February 5, 2009
|New Process Gear shutdown|
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I want to do positive stuff on this site too so I hope to feature an American made product every week. So for my first choice, I picked City Boxers because this is a site that offers variety and an American made product. I could explain why I chose them but why not let their own words speak for themselves. Here is a quote directly from their website:
At City Boxers you are in charge. You choose how you want your boxers made. With tens of thousands of possible choice combinations, I sure hope you like choice as much as I do.
Choice is great, but, this is not what we are known for. Our boxers shorts are extraordinarily well made and more comfortable than anything you will ever wear. If you are a confirmed boxer short wearer, don't miss out on this opportunity to try the best! If, on the other hand, you are contemplating a switch to boxer shorts, our boxers will give you the best possible impression of boxer shorts.
So I hope you take the time and check them out here http://cityboxers.com/ and other American products to help promote jobs in our country.
PHILADELPHIA Time Warner Cable Inc. says it is laying off 1,250 people over the next few weeks in the face of slowing growth at the nation's second largest cable operator.
The New York-based company expects to save $90 million a year from the job cuts.
The layoffs are in addition to the 500 jobs lost last year as the company restructured into six regions from about 24.
Earlier Wednesday, Time Warner Cable reported a net loss of $8.16 billion, or $8.36 cents per share, in the fourth quarter including a $14.82 billion charge to write-down the value of cable franchise rights and a loss of $13 million on the sale of cable systems.
It earned $327 million, or 33 cents per share, a year earlier.
Revenue rose 8 percent to $4.4 billion.
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
This one is a discussion about the recession and some more jobs that will be effected by it.
This article talks about Corning Cable Systems closing a Hickory plant. There is no estimate as to how many jobs will be lost but any job lost in this economy is not a good thing.
by The Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House says its economic stimulus plan would create more than 800,000 new jobs in 10 Eastern states.
The new estimates were released Tuesday by the Obama administration as talks continue in Congress over the recovery plan.
New York leads the way with 228,000 projected jobs, followed by Pennsylvania with 152,000 and Ohio with 142,000.
The administration says 106,000 jobs would be created in New Jersey, followed by Massachusetts with 83,000 and Connecticut with 44,000. New Hampshire would see 17,000, Maine would see 16,000 and Rhode Island would get 13,000. Finally, 8,000 new jobs are projected for Vermont.
Republicans are resisting the bill. They say it includes wasteful spending and won't do enough to spur job creation.
Monday, February 2, 2009
|New contract details revealed to New Process Gear employees|
Before you blame me saying it's my fault because I am uneducated or excuse it because other people in other countries need jobs too, realize many of the unemployed do include people with college degrees and my job helps the local economy in many ways. For instance, I can't spend money in local businesses if I am not making money which means when many like me are without jobs, that business will be forced to close as well. Make no mistake about it, this impacts everyone whether you have felt yet or not.
I don't have a degree but I spent four years in the Army before leaving with an honorable discharge and finding work. I like being able to work and earn a living for my family even if it means long hours and leaving sore because I have pride in my work. I don't need to be rich but I like being able to pay for my daughter to go to college, my son to have school clothes and all of us to have a roof over our heads, food and some nice things occasionally. Together whether it's writing our politicians and newspapers or whatever it takes, I think we can make a difference for our futures.