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The Upside of Automation: New Jobs, Increased Productivity And Changing Roles For Workers

November 12th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Kweilin Ellingrud As manufacturers around the globe integrate automation and new technology into their operations, the results have been promising. The bottom line is improving for companies with higher efficiency and greater employee productivity. And for employees, the mix of their work is changing to be less repetitive and more judgment-intensive. Workforce changes are […]

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Fear on the Factory Floor Is Bad For Business

November 12th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Madeline Janis In the past 20 years, U.S. manufacturing jobs have become more insecure and precarious. The use of temporary workers has increased dramatically, with 47% of the U.S. temporary workforce consisting of manufacturing and industrial workers. While the economy improves, manufacturing wages have continued to decrease and over ⅓ of manufacturing workers are […]

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Where U.S. Manufacturing Is Thriving In 2018

November 12th, 2018

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By Joel Kotkin The ‘80s futurist John Naisbitt once called manufacturing a “a declining sport,” and to be sure the share of Americans working in factories has fallen far from the 1950 peak of 30% to roughly 8.5% last year. Yet, manufacturing’s contributions to the economy are far out of proportion to its shrinking share […]

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10 Million-Year-Old Whale Bone Found While Building New Subway Below Downtown LA

November 12th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Elljah Chlland Paleontologists working with construction crews on a new subway station in Downtown LA have unearthed a rare remnant of an era when the Los Angeles basin sat at the bottom of the ocean. A bone found in a wall of the future Broadway station, part of Metro’s ambitious Regional Connector project, has […]

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American Airlines Starts $1.6B Renovation Project at LAX

November 12th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Elljah Chlland American Airlines kicked off construction Wednesday on a major overhaul of two terminals that the airline operates out of at LAX. As part of a new lease agreement with Los Angeles World Airports, American plans to spend $1.6 billion over the next decade remodeling terminals 4 and 5. To start, the airline […]

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$100 Million G8 Project Breaks Ground in LA

November 12th, 2018

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By Mark Buckshon California Landmark Group says construction has started for the $100-million Los Angeles “G8” office and residential development in the Marina Arts District. The project is set on property fronting Beach, Glencoe and Del Rey Avenues. It includes 230 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments between 550 and 1,500 sq. ft. There is […]

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$450 Million Ritz Carleton Construction to Move Forward in San Diego After Lawsuit Dropped

November 12th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Mark Buckshon Construction will move forward for a new $450 million Ritz Carlton hotel in downtown San Diego, after a legal challenge about the project was dropped in late September. The developer, San Diego-based Cisterra Development, says it now plans to start construction by the middle of next year once financing is lined up, […]

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Lumber, Building Supply Dealers See Business Surge a Year After Northern California Wildfires

November 12th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Mark Buckshon – October 15, 2018 Northern California lumber and building supply dealers are seeing a surge in business a year after the devastating wildfire emergency. The North Bay Business Journal (NBBJ), serving communities near San Francisco, reports that there was a lull through the holidays and winter months and a six month period […]

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Rush to Beat Tariffs Fuels Record China Trade Surplus With US

October 15th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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China’s export trade growth accelerated in September, signaling that producers expedited sales abroad to avoid fresh tariffs imposed by the Trump administration. Economists said the surge, which contributed to a new record trade surplus with the U.S., can’t last. Exports in dollar terms rose 14.5% in September compared to the same period last year, the […]

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Rental Car Rundown

October 10th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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Each year we have hundreds of clients ask our opinion about “rental car insurance”. Many clients have heard their credit cards carry additional insurance or that their personal or business insurance extends to the rental car. When we discuss rental car coverage we are concerned about two components. One being liability (damages caused to a […]

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