2014 Trends from Autos to Farms

January 9, 2014 Updated Jan 9, 2014 at 9:35 PM EDT

By WKBW Admin

January 9, 2014 Updated Jan 9, 2014 at 9:35 PM EDT

It's a new year with new jobs for area automakers. That's the focus of a report in this week's Business First. It shows how automakers have made major investments in new machinery at area manufacturing plants with General Motors and Ford well on their way to adding 1,000 jobs. GM has two new engine lines and has added 700 jobs. In Hamburg, about 600 work at Ford's Woodlawn Stamping Plant. Ford says it will $150 million and hire an additional 350. Officials at both plants say they're training workers on new skill sets. For more information, check out the article in this week's Business First.

Also in 2014, expect to see more of the farm to table trend, with more consumers demanding to know the source of their food. Co-ops like Farm this Way deliver farm fresh food to customers homes while stores like Farmers & Artisans, on Main Street in Snyder, offer farm items in a grocery setting. Farm tours from Feed Your Soul were designed to introduce local chefs to area farmers, but now the tours are popular with the public. Some area restaurants like August Bistro in Hamburg are committed to farm to table. The owner and chef visit area farms and create menus based on farm fresh offerings. Supporters say this is creating a new appreciation for farmers and a new connection between them and consumers.

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