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3 Ways to Attract Millennials to Manufacturing - Supply Chain Management Review
Across manufacturing, the debate on automation and robots replacing humans in the workforce continues – but what about the need to replace humans with humans?
Around-the-web  millennials  workforce-development  manufacturing  competitiveness  skilled-labor  skills-gap  this-week-405 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
Williamsburg’s Industrial Businesses Are Fleeing - Village Voice
While City Hall works on a plan to preserve manufacturing in East Williamsburg, the gentrification buzzsaw is already taking its toll
urban-planning  new-york-city  Metros  industrial-real-estate  food-processing  industrial-park  Around-the-web  this-week-405 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Broadband Boondoggles in Southwest Virginia - Bacon's Rebellion
Throughout the Central Appalachian region — Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky — community leaders have a keen understanding that they must find new industries to replace coal. And there is a near universal conviction that any hope to diversify local economies requires high-bandwidth connections to the outside world. This conviction has led to a series of initiatives, some misguided and some on target, to bring broadband to this isolated region.
regional-reports  kentucky  west-virginia  virginia  broadband  economic-development-news  ICT  rural-economic-development  economic-development  this-week-405 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Revamping the suburban office park - JLL Real Views
Suburban office parks know they have to up their game to entice companies and workers away from the bright lights of downtown areas that many now call home.
this-week-405  Around-the-web  Matt  suburbs  office  real-estate  corporate-real-estate  office-parks  business-parks 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
What Cities Should Actually Do To Support Local Startups - CityLab
Cities are right to pour their energy into home-grown businesses. But they should think twice before becoming those businesses’ first customers or investors.
this-week-405  Around-the-web  Matt  startup  entrepreneurship  tech  high-tech  technology  amazon  cities  economic-development  urban-planning  tech-forum 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
DeVos says U.S. has emphasized four-year degrees at the expense of work-force training - Inside Higher Ed
Education secretary calls for more emphasis on work-force training. Many experts -- including those focused on careers -- say general education matters more than she suggests.
this-week-405  jobs  workforce  Around-the-web  skilled-labor  skills-gap  workforce-development  workforce-training  apprenticeships  economic-development  manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
A Fast-Growing New Jersey College Builds A Town To Go With It - Philadelphia Magazine
Rowan University's explosive growth had Glassboro officials worried that students would overrun the center of town. So Rowan and Glassboro went in on an all-new one to take care of that problem.
this-week-405  Around-the-web  Matt  new-jersey  mid-atlantic  education  university-economic-development 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
7 ways to grow manufacturing in Michigan - and 5 challenges - MLive.com
There's a 40 percent productivity gap between large and small firms, requiring small firm investment that will give the entire industry a boost, according to the report.

Nationally, action is possible through the America's Small Manufacturers Act, proposed in February. It's still in committee, but shows that some legislators are looking at what small manufacturers need from the Small Business Administration.
this-week-405  Michigan  u.s.-manufacturing  small-manufacturing  Around-the-web 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Preserving History Boosts Local Economies - US News
Across the U.S., designated historic districts attract more business, jobs and tourists than nearby neighborhoods.
this-week-405  Around-the-web  Matt  economic-development  historic-districts  cities 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Clothing giant Stitch Fix buys Mohnton Knitting Mills - Reading Eagle
An up-and-coming San Francisco-based apparel company that uses fashion consultants, data analysts and complicated mathematical algorithms to dress its clients, and that had sales of nearly $1 billion last year doing so, now has a foothold in Berks County.
textiles-clothing-industries  Pennsylvania  regional-reports  small-manufacturing  e-commmerce  Around-the-web  this-week-405 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Trade Worries Led Wisconsin Mill Town to Trump. It’s Still Uneasy. - The New York Times
NEENAH, Wis. — In Winnebago County, they’ve seen the paper mills close, one by one.

While Kimberly-Clark, founded here in 1872, still employs several thousand people locally, abandoned mills dot smaller towns in the region. Paper production has moved to cheaper locales overseas with less stringent pollution rules. That has left a pall — and a sense of fear and insecurity — hanging over places like Neenah, even as factories in other industries are still humming.

For many, the villain is trade.
free-trade-agreements  business-globalization  NAFTA  this-week-405  Around-the-web 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Trump is right to protect U.S. manufacturers. Here’s how he could help us. - The Washington Post
The U.S. solar industry needs help fighting unfair competition from China.
Matt Card is executive vice president at Suniva, a Georgia-based solar cell and module manufacturing company.
u.s.-manufacturing  energy  green-economy  solar  Around-the-web  this-week-405 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Q&A: Victaulic CEO John Malloy talks about returning manufacturing to the U.S., labor challenges and more - Lehigh Valley Business Cycle
On Monday, Victaulic president and CEO John Malloy announced that the company would invest “tens of millions of dollars” over the next two years building a light assembly operations facility in Lower Nazareth that features cutting-edge technology. It also will upgrade plants in Forks and Lower Macungie and add up to 50 jobs in Forks.

Malloy, who has led the company for more than 15 years, spoke with The Morning Call about Victaulic’s business as well as the present and future state of American manufacturing. Here are excerpts from the interview
backshoring  Pennsylvania  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-405 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Amazon, in Hunt for Lower Prices, Recruits Indian Merchants - The New York Times
Thousands of Indian sellers have shipped bedding, jewelry, kitchenware
and clothing to Amazon warehouses to serve bargain-hunting Americans.
this-week-405  Around-the-web  Matt  amazon  ecommerce  retail  warehouse-facility  warehousing  tech  india 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
A growing number of young Americans are leaving desk jobs to farm - The Washington Post
For only the second time in the last century, the number of farmers under 35 years old is increasing, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s latest Census of Agriculture.
this-week-405  Around-the-web  Matt  agribusiness  agriculture  food-processing  millennials  workforce  jobs  farms  office 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Ala., N.C. present stark differences in bid for $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda factory - Automotive News
Alabama and North Carolina are the last remaining candidates in the running to land a prized $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda plant, presenting stark differences spanning from production costs to talent availability.
toyota  mazda  alabama  site-selection-factors  north-carolina  automotive-industry  fdi-USA  Around-the-web  this-week-405 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Amazon's Landlord: How The E-Commerce Boom Is Propelling Warehouse King Prologis To New Heights - Forbes
Today, pure e-commerce customers make up about 10% of Prologis' portfolio. But it's where the growth is. Roughly 20% of new sales can be traced to these companies and to e-commerce-related demand from DHL, UPS and FedEx.
e-commmerce  warehousing  logistics  supply-chain  Around-the-web  this-week-405  asset-management  commercial-real-estate 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
The MIT Developer Revolutionizing U.S. Factory Jobs - Somerville, MA Patch
As many Americans despair over disappearing factory jobs and fear being replaced by a machine, Natan Linder has set out to arm assembly-line workers with cutting-edge technology and help preserve the U.S. manufacturing market. He's launched Tulip, an app that connects every element of a production line to a data collection program where it can be analyzed so crews can smarten and streamline their operation. New Balance and Merck have signed on. A byproduct, Linder hopes, is attracting a qualified younger generation to help fill 3.5 million jobs the Manufacturing Institute, a Washington-based think tank, has predicted will become available over the next decade. Linder, who arrived at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab from Israel in 2008, cofounded 3D printing company Formlabs in Somerville before launching Tulip, the result of almost a decade of research.
shop-floor  automation  industry4.0  big-data  internet-of-things  Around-the-web  this-week-405  insider-10-17-2018 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Nissan Hints at Building New U.S. Auto Plant Within Five Years - Bloomberg
“At some point, we may need it,” Jose Munoz, the chairman of Nissan North America, said Friday in reference to more U.S. production capacity. The addition would have to be a standalone new factory because the company’s existing plants in Tennessee and Mississippi are “maxed out,” Munoz said during an interview in Detroit.
fdi-USA  industry-reports  nissan  tennessee  mississippi  automotive-industry  site-selection  Around-the-web  this-week-405 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Made in Milwaukee: Master Lock - OnMilwaukee
Master Lock employs about 450 people – most are members of UAW Local 469 – at its Center Street factory, which I visited recently. Another 400 or so employees work at the company's new headquarters and research and development center in Oak Creek. About 1,200 work in an assembly plant in Nogales, Mexico, and a warehouse across the border in Arizona. Some jobs that had moved to China in the early 1990s were moved back to Milwaukee in 2011.
u.s.-manufacturing  regional-reports  wisconsin  milwaukee  Around-the-web  this-week-405 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
As Silicon Valley Gets ‘Crazy,’ Midwest Beckons Tech Investors - The New York Times
But some investors, led by people like Mr. Kvamme and his firm, Drive Capital, see plenty of potential in the center of the country. Focusing on the Midwest is no longer considered a nutty idea, as it was by skeptical West Coast venture capitalists when Mr. Kvamme and Chris Olsen, another Silicon Valley transplant from Sequoia Capital and co-founder of Drive Capital, made the move in 2013.

Every major Midwestern city now has clusters of start-up accelerators and incubators, typically housed in renovated red-brick industrial buildings.
Around-the-web  this-week-405  silicon-valley  high-tech  innovation-hubs  midwest  venturecapital  technology-based-economic-development  capital-access  regional-reports  tech-forum 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
MMD CEO Greg Heinemann Says Manufacturing is Adventure Worth Pursuing - IndustryWeek
Metro Mold CEO Greg Heinemann took a turn from finance to manufacturing. Now he hopes to attract many more young people to an industry he believes offers a "choose your own adventure."
this-week-405  Around-the-web  Matt  manufacturing  workforce  economic-development  jobs  advanced-manufacturing  millennials 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Despite Amazon, brick stores are not dead yet - Reuters
Just in time for the Black Friday kick-off to holiday season shopping, stock market investors have been handed tools to bet on the decline of brick-and-mortar retail.
this-week-405  Around-the-web  Matt  retail  ecommerce  amazon  tech  high-tech  technology 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
Can Veterans Help Solve the Skilled Worker Shortage? - IndustryWeek
Rockwell Automation sure thinks so. The automation leader just wrapped up a pilot program that prepared 14 military veterans for the industrial workforce and exceeded expectations. Now it’s time for rapid expansion.
this-week-405  Around-the-web  Matt  manufacturing  veterans  workforce  jobs  skilled-labor  skills-gap  economic-development 
november 2017 by areadevelopment

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