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. 



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.
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.