Laura Putre

Staff Writer

Focus: Workforce issues, automotive

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​Staff Writer Laura Putre covers the automotive industry, as well as workforce legislation as it applies to manufacturing, labor issues, HR policy and trends in workforce development, recruiting and retention and employee engagement. 


Reining in Healthcare Costs: One Company’s Success Story
Healthcare costs at manufacturer Maclean-Fogg have risen 7.5% total since 2009—when, for most companies of that size, 7.5% per year is closer to the norm.
Auto Supplier Accuride to Acquire German Steel Wheel Manufacturer
Mefro Wheels has approximately 3,000 employees in Europe and Asia.
Is the Manufacturing Recovery Real?
With the Great Recession in the rearview mirror, analysts and executives gut check U.S. industry.
Toyota Kentucky Tackles a Tool-and-Die Worker Shortage 7
Wally Palen saw a spate of retirements coming, and knew he had to plan ahead or end up in hot water.
After a Foray at Uber, Ford Vet Returns in New Autonomous Vehicle Post
Having named a new CEO earlier this week, Ford announced spate of leadership changes, which also include Raj Nair as head of North American operations.
Trump Budget Proposal Would Defund Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEPs) 7
Manufacturing USA and its innovation institutes and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act would also see major cuts.
Ford CEO Fields to Step Down, Replaced with Former Steelcase CEO
The change comes after an eventful two weeks where Ford’s stock price took a dive and the company announced a 10% job cut of its salaried workers in the United States and Asia Pacific.
Ford Confirms 10% Salaried Job Cuts
The automaker plans to make the cuts in North America and Asia Pacific by the end of September.
GM Rising, Nissan Falling in New Supplier Relations Survey
Toyota and Honda held steady in the survey over last year, ranking first and second respectively, while GM edged out Ford.
Rocketing Ford into the Future
The automaker’s vp of research talks about priorities in vehicle autonomy, artificial intelligence, talent and more.
Founders’ Day in Flint: GM Shows Off the Factory That Started It All 1
William Durant and Josiah Dort rented the former cotton mill for $25 a month in 1886. There, they built carriages and sharpened their business acumen before acquiring Buick Motor Co. The rest is history.
Brewing Better Supplier Relationships at Keurig 3
The coffee maker’s director of procurement talks about making volunteerism mean more than a hill of beans.
Tool and Dying: Auto Leaders, From Ford to FCA, Brainstorm on Saving the Shops that Sustain Them 29
Long anemic, the U.S. tool and die industry needs a serious injection of cash, workers and commitment.
Employees' Choice: The 10 Best Manufacturers to Work For
The best manufacturing companies to work for, using employee rankings from the job site Glassdoor.
Gassed up and Ready to Go: The Workforce Training Mobile
What's 53 feet long and takes up 10 parking spaces? Cuyahoga Community College's roving instructional space, pulling up to the IndustryWeek Manufacturing & Technology Show in May.
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