jay williams http://michiganradio.org en What do manufacturers want from factory workers? Problem-solving skills http://michiganradio.org/post/what-do-manufacturers-want-factory-workers-problem-solving-skills <p>It's been a long time since the days you could succeed on the factory floor with "a weak mind and a strong back," as the adage goes.</p><p>Modern manufacturers need people who use their minds more than their bodies.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Today, manufacturing workers need to be computer literate, solve problems when the robots on the&nbsp;line shut down, and work in teams.</p><p>The Obama administration says manufacturing companies added jobs for the first time since the 1990s - more than 500,000 jobs in the past 30 months.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 22:52:04 +0000 Tracy Samilton 9321 at http://michiganradio.org What do manufacturers want from factory workers? Problem-solving skills Youngstown mayor will lead President's office for auto communities http://michiganradio.org/post/youngstown-mayor-will-lead-presidents-office-auto-communities <p>The mayor of Youngstown, Ohio&nbsp; is the new head of a government office that&nbsp;helps communities hurt by cutbacks in the auto industry.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.cityofyoungstownoh.org/city_hall/departments/mayor/mayor.aspx">Mayor Jay Williams</a> starts as head the<a href="http://www.dol.gov/opa/media/press/opa/OPA20111025.htm"> Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers </a>in August.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Jul 2011 17:07:44 +0000 Steve Carmody 3168 at http://michiganradio.org Youngstown mayor will lead President's office for auto communities