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Halliburton hiring in West Texas

An oil and gas drilling rig operating in the Permian Basin near Farmington, New Mexico. (Image courtesy of Encana Corp)

According to FuelFix, Halliburton is set to hire 200 workers in the Permian Basin in West Texas and New Mexico. The Current-Argus reported that Halliburton spokeswoman Emily Mir said in late December there will be job opportunities throughout the Permian, including in Artesia. As the oil industry begins to see a small upswing, local businesses are crossing their fingers that ...

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Activity up, hiring increases in the Bakken

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Oil companies are hiring in the Bakken, and more jobs are expected to open up next year, according to the Bismarck Tribune today. Job Service North Dakota announced six oil companies are looking for workers to man fracking crews in the new year, said Cindy Sanford, customer service office manager of Job Service’s Williston branch. She said she couldn’t reveal ...

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Dominion subsidiaries end weeklong union lockout in 6 states

Dominion Power, union lockout

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — An agreement has been reached to end a weeklong lockout at Dominion’s natural gas and interstate transmission subsidiaries. Dominion Hope and Dominion Transmission agreed to end the lockout involving 915 workers in six states, while the United Gas Workers Union Local 69 vowed not to strike. The agreement, announced in a joint news release Wednesday, runs ...

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Alpha Natural Resources to close last Kentucky mine

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — An Alpha Natural Resources spokesman says the company plans to lay off 117 people when it shuts down a Kentucky coal mine in November. Spokesman Steve Hawkins tells the Lexington Herald-Leader (http://bit.ly/2c3rNQj ) that the company has issued a required 60-day layoff notice at the Process Energy Mine in Pike County, which is set to be ...

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Clinton backs bill to protect benefits for ex-coal miners

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Clinton is supporting a bill that would protect health-care and pension benefits for about 120,000 former coal miners and their families, an issue that has divided Senate Republicans. “I firmly believe that if you spent your life keeping the lights on for our country, we can’t leave you in the dark,” the Democratic presidential candidate said ...

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Multiagency grants to help communities hit by coal layoffs

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Communities in states hard-hit by coal layoffs are about to receive nearly $39 million in federal grants aimed at helping people get back to work. The Appalachian Regional Commission, the Economic Development Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor announced the following grants on Wednesday: ALABAMA Shoals Entrepreneurial Center in Florence: $1 million for an entrepreneurship ...

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Tired of the Ups and Downs of the Contracting Business? Spray Foam May Be the Boost your Bottom Line Needs

Owning a contracting business has its ups and downs.  And when the “downs” outnumber the “ups,” it can be a little frightening. Keeping your cash flow steady and your employees busy is what makes a business successful, but when economic conditions, weather, or simply a slowdown in new business all hit at the same time, it can present a challenge. ...

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Manufacturing in New York region weakens in August

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Factory activity in New York slowed in early August for the second straight month, and manufacturers in the state cut jobs. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said Monday that its Empire State manufacturing index dropped to a reading of minus 4.2, from 0.6 in July. Any reading above zero points to expansion. Even so, new ...

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Pittsburgh’s Kennametal cutting 1,000 in drilling slowdown

Oil below $40 forces Texas driller into bankruptcy

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh-based Kennametal Inc. says it’s cutting 1,000 jobs over the next 15 months, citing weak demand for the coal-mining and gas-drilling cutting tools it makes. The company announced the cuts to its 12,000-strong workforce on Monday, but didn’t say what facilities will be affected. Kennametal had more than 14,000 employees, including 5,000 in the United States, just ...

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