Laura Putre

Staff Writer

Focus: Workforce issues, automotive

Call: 216/931-9238

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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. 



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.
Food Manufacturing in Chicago Gets a Boost
Specialized workforce training and access to capital for small manufacturers are part of a new plan to give the legacy industry a lift.
GM Announces Plan to Add 1,100 Autonomous Tech Jobs in California
The job growth and expansion of Cruise Automation will occur over five years, with the help of $8 million in tax credits.
Closing the Skills Gap with Plant Tours, Pep Talks and Child Care 1
Women fill only 10% of advanced manufacturing jobs. How one Ohio-Kentucky group is trying to change that.
Working with High School Students, and Other Wisdom from a Super-Trainer
Starting a high school internship program in manufacturing is not for the faint of heart, Kyocera SGS Precision Tools’ Gary Miller knows. How to do it, and do it well.
Senate Knocks Down OSHA Record-Keeping Rule 1
The Senate voted 50-48, along party lines, to eliminate the OSHA rule, which requires employers with more than 10 workers to keep ongoing records of safety incidents for five years after they occur.
With a Little Fanfare, FCA Opens Worker Academy in Indiana
The Tipton, Indiana, training center will focus on continuous improvement.
Building Technology—and a Workforce—for the Long-Term at Schaeffler
The German precision parts supplier's president of automotive Americas talks about the company's electrification research and overcoming skills gap challenges with apprenticeships and co-ops.
2016 IW Best Plants Winner: From Zero to Lean in Record Time at Metform Group
In 8 years, the Illinois automotive components maker has tripled its business and transformed its operations.
Hold Those Layoffs: GM Reassigns Lansing Workers as Trump Arrives 4
In a surprise reshuffling, about 180 auto workers will be reassigned to the Flint Assembly Plant, while another 500 will stay in Lansing.
Readers Respond: What Is Manufacturing's Biggest Challenge?
We asked this question of respondents in the 2017 IndustryWeek Salary Survey. Here is a cross-section of answers, arranged by age.
Curious About Bonus Pay? Here’s What the Top Manufacturing Jobs Offer 1
Check out the latest data on manufacturing performance pay, fresh from the 2017 IndustryWeek Salary Survey.
Ford Takes the Long View with Large-Scale 3D Printing
Since last fall, engineers have been testing a 3D printer that builds horizontally, allowing for larger objects.
2017 IndustryWeek Salary Survey -- By the Numbers
Are you making as much as your peers in manufacturing? Check out our slideshow to see what the trends are in pay in the industry.