Companies from General Electric Co. to yogurt producer Chobaniare adding U.S. workers, accelerating a rebound in hiring, as chiefexecutive officers prepare for greater demand in a strengtheningeconomic recovery.

Boeing Co. is bringing in more than 100 union machinists a weekfor a 60 percent boost in output by 2014. Nissan Motor Co. willexpand in Tennessee with 1,000 people making lithium-ion batteries.And a GE executive was at a Kentucky appliance plant before dawnthis month to greet some of 500 new employees.

“The next few years are going to be a different picture thanwhat we saw in the last few,” said Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO and founderof South Edmeston, New York-based Chobani, which is building a300-worker plant in Twin Falls, Idaho. “To get ready for this, weneed to have our manufacturing capacity in place.”

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