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The Messy Technological Roots Of The U.S. Trade War With China - Iowa Public Radio
Intellectual property thefts that were once considered petty are a mounting cost for the U.S. economy — at least $225 billion and at most $600 billion annually, according to a National Bureau of Asian Research report — and China is one the biggest offenders.
china  government-policy  u.s.-manufacturing  tech-transfer  intellectual-property-theft  Around-the-web  this-week-448  trade-policy 
14 days ago by areadevelopment
Factory town no more -
It’s no surprise that the number of people working in manufacturing in Kenosha County has declined since the closing of the Chrysler Assembly Plant in 1988.

Nationally, the manufacturing workforce has declined over the last three decades as some factories moved to lower-cost countries while those production facilities that remained becoming increasingly automated, employing fewer workers.
factories  factory-towns  automotive-industry  u.s.-manufacturing  wisconsin  Around-the-web  this-week-445 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
U.S.–Norway Relationship: Strengthening it Yields Dividends for National Defense - National Review
In Executive Order 13806, issued July 2017, President Trump ordered a comprehensive analysis of the assessment and strengthening of the U.S. manufacturing and defense industrial base. The sobering result from the analysis is that the U.S. is struggling: increasingly dependent on foreign suppliers, losing its domestic manufacturing capabilities, and suffering from a decline in science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills among its citizens.
Around-the-web  defense-sector  industry-reports  tech-transfer  u.s.-manufacturing  government-policy  norway  trade-policy  trade-agreements 
8 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Trade war hangs over new MBTA subway cars - The Boston Globe
The Chinese company building subway cars for the MBTA hosted a ceremony Tuesday to celebrate the completion of the new Orange Line vehicles at its factory in Western Massachusetts, as it lobbies the Trump administration for a break from the tariffs in the two countries’ ongoing trade war.
china  u.s.-manufacturing  Massachusetts  transportation-industry  rail  tariffs  government-policy  trade-policy  business-globalization  Around-the-web  this-week-446 
9 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Apple Computers Used to Be Built in the U.S. It Was a Mess. - The New York Times
After Apple announced a large new campus in Austin, Tex. — creating as many as 15,000 jobs, none of them expected to be manufacturing — it’s worth looking at the company’s flirtation with advanced manufacturing in Silicon Valley in the 1980s.
u.s.-manufacturing  electronics-industry  apple  silicon-valley  california  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-445 
9 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Aluminum Tariff Is a Boon Even If Beer Costs More, Report Says - IndustryWeek
The research argues that tariffs imposed on aluminum and steel have led to increases in U.S. employment, production and investment...The Beer Institute, a trade association for the American brewing industry, called tariffs on aluminum a “tax on beer,” saying that cans make up more than 11% of the manufacturing cost in the U.S.
tariffs  u.s.-manufacturing  steel-industry  beverage-industry  trade-policy  government-policy  industry-organizations  economic-analysis  Around-the-web  this-week-444  insider-12-17-2018 
10 weeks ago by areadevelopment
Understanding the skills gap in the manufacturing industry - Deloitte Insights
Faced with continuing economic expansion and retirement of baby boomers, the US manufacturing industry is looking at a potential shortage of 2.4 million workers in the next decade. How can manufacturers address this expected skills gap?
skilled-labor  skills-gap  workforce-development  u.s.-manufacturing  STUDIES  Around-the-web  this-week-443-top  insider-12-6-2018 
12 weeks ago by areadevelopment
2018 Manufacturing Skills Gap Study - Deloitte US
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming the world of work through artificial intelligence, advanced robotics, automation, analytics, and the Internet of Things. Despite common fears, these technologies are likely to create more jobs than they replace—as illustrated by the tight labor conditions in the US and global manufacturing industry.
u.s.-manufacturing  skills-gap  workforce-development  robotics  internet-of-things  automation  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-442-top  insider-12-20-2018 
november 2018 by areadevelopment
Made in USA: Is the Pendulum Swinging to Reshoring? - Design News
Anecdotally, we are hearing from more and more clients asking us to help produce goods domestically. Without getting into politics, it is worth considering some of the basic issues (avoiding the issue of tariffs) that are driving the growth of manufacturing in the U.S
u.s.-manufacturing  backshoring  this-week-442  Around-the-web 
november 2018 by areadevelopment
Are you ready for the smart manufacturing revolution? - Industrial Insights - PwC
With digital technology reaching an inflection point, manufacturers have a critical choice to make. They can continue to digitize individual factory functions, making them more efficient, or begin to integrate digital capabilities across the factory. The digital factory, which integrates all functions, internal and external, is a horse of a different order. It will change the nature of manufacturing—from mass production to product customization—and allow companies to respond instantly to changes in customer demand or the inevitable production variation, such as supply disruption. It can lead to gains in productivity, performance, output, and market share as well as better control and visibility in the supply chain, and digital innovation can help manufacturers create capacity to enable more profitable growth.
digital-factories  digital-manufacturing  industry4.0  Around-the-web  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-441 
november 2018 by areadevelopment
The Trade War with China Could Accelerate 3-D Printing in the U.S. - HBR
As companies rethink their supply chains, they ought to seriously consider embracing a new manufacturing technology that’s now ready for prime time: 3-D printing.
china-trade-war  backshoring  3D-printing  additive-manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  global-supply-chain  Around-the-web  government-policy  this-week-439 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
An Introduction to Robotic Process Automation for Manufacturers - BDO
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is transforming the way organizations across different industries do business. It allows organizations to automate certain types of work processes to reduce the time spent on costly manual tasks and increase efforts to deliver mission critical work.
u.s.-manufacturing  industry4.0  process-automation  automation  Around-the-web  this-week-437 
october 2018 by areadevelopment
Meet the Woman in Charge of Building the Best-Selling Pickup Truck in America - The New York Times
Much has been made of corporate America’s glass ceiling, and the number of top female executives has slumped after climbing in recent years. In manufacturing, the gender gap is far more basic: Women are underrepresented at every level.
women-in-manufacturing  cf-women  u.s.-manufacturing  skilled-labor  workforce-development  Around-the-web  this-week-437 
september 2018 by areadevelopment
Factory Tour: Inside One of the Only Remaining U.S. Knitwear Factories - Fashionista
Los Angeles's PDR Knitting is a go-to for brands like Baja East and John Elliott, which are dedicated to producing things domestically, despite the high costs.
shop-floor  textiles-clothing-industries  u.s.-manufacturing  small-manufacturing  los-angeles  Around-the-web  this-week-435 
september 2018 by areadevelopment
China is the world leader in drones. US drone makers want to change that - CNN
Impossible Aerospace will engineer and assemble its drones in the country, breaking from the trend of US tech companies manufacturing overseas.

Gore, who previously worked as a battery engineer at Tesla, saw firsthand the benefits of a company manufacturing a product alongside its engineers. He said the proximity makes employees more accountable to each other and boosts innovation.
drones  uav-aerospace  Aerospace  u.s.-manufacturing  competitiveness  this-week-435 
september 2018 by areadevelopment
Fuel Economy Freeze Will Leave U.S. Auto Industry in the Dust - Detroit Free Press
The car as Americans have known it since the days of Henry Ford is about to be transformed. That is the consensus of industry leaders. Fiat-Chrysler CEO Sergio Marchionne predicts that “carmakers have less than a decade to reinvent themselves.”
automotive-industry  industry-reports  government-policy  green-economy  autonomous-vehicles  electric-vehicle  energy-efficiency  energy-costs  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-433  insider-10-5-2018 
august 2018 by areadevelopment
Manufacturers Increase Efforts to Woo Workers to Rural Areas - The New York Times
Shortages may seem counterintuitive, given the widespread fear that automation, robotics and offshoring have all reduced employment in manufacturing. While jobs in absolute numbers have declined from a decade ago, the sustained economic recovery, a lack of skilled workers and the retirement of many baby boomers have led to open positions. Even though the gyrating tariff environment is causing anxiety across industries, manufacturers are still hiring.
baby-boomers  workforce-aging  workforce-development  skilled-labor  skills-gap  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-432-top  insider-9-10-2018 
august 2018 by areadevelopment
American Firms are Offshoring Innovation. Here’s How to Reverse the Trend. - Alliance for American Manufacturing
The world’s leading manufacturing nations spend far larger proportions of their national R&D budgets on bringing good ideas to market. South Korea, for example, spends 30 percent of its R&D budget on industrial production and technology R&D, and Germany spends 12 percent. The US spends just 0.5 percent. 
u.s.-manufacturing  research&development  research-commercialization  basic-research  industry-organizations  industry-reports  Around-the-web  this-week-432 
august 2018 by areadevelopment
For Manufacturers, a Complex Mix Can Determine Location - The New York Times
Bob Hess, a vice chairman of Newmark Knight Frank, the global real estate company, explained that labor costs were no longer significantly lower in rural parts of the country.

The change is most often the result of a need to hire workers with higher skills than in the past or to entice them to commute longer distances or even relocate.
small-manufacturing  cost-of-doing-business  labor-costs  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-431-top 
july 2018 by areadevelopment
Reshoring in Reverse Again - US Reshoring Index - A.T. Kearney
US manufacturers are not exactly coming back in droves. In fact, the 2018 Reshoring Index shows that imports from traditional offshoring countries are at a record high.
STUDIES  backshoring  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-431 
july 2018 by areadevelopment
Opinion: Contrary to popular wisdom, automation is not a job killer in U.S. manufacturing - The Washington Post
I’ve explained why I don’t think the tariffs will help, but I also reject the pervasive argument that automation is just too powerful a job-killing force such that there’s no point in trying to help our factory sector. In fact, according to an important new paper by economist Susan N. Houseman, the argument that “labor-displacing technology,” i.e., robots/AI/etc., has killed factory employment is not supported by the data.
tariffs  trade-agreements  government-policy  automation  advanced-manufacturing  jobs  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-431  insider-12-17-2018 
july 2018 by areadevelopment
Joseph Abboud Growth Has Doubled Its US Manufacturing Workforce - Bloomberg
Joseph Abboud, designer and Chief Creative Director of Men’s Wearhouse, on growth, manufacturing in the U.S., and how tariffs could impact the apparel industry.
u.s.-manufacturing  tariffs  trade-agreements  textiles-clothing-industries  this-week-431  Around-the-web  insider-12-17-2018 
july 2018 by areadevelopment
Why is 2018 the year of the robot? - Industrial Insights - PwC
Robots – and automation in general – have been riding a steep maturity curve in the last several years. Adoption rates are up. They’re getting smarter, doing more, and becoming more affordable. The “factory of the future” has become an established buzzword, and the rise of the robots is now conventional wisdom.
u.s.-manufacturing  automation  robotics  advanced-manufacturing  industry4.0  shop-floor 
july 2018 by areadevelopment
Which US States are Best for Manufacturing 2018? - Supply Chain Digest
The Hoosier state has made itself very manufacturing friendly in recent years, such as approving right to work legislation and reducing taxes, and indeed has one of the top percent of manufactucturing jobs relative to total jobs of any state in the nation.
u.s.-manufacturing  state-rankings  indiana  Around-the-web  this-week-429 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
Op-Ed: Ten New Ways to View A Career in Manufacturing - NJ Spotlight
The fact is that the United States and New Jersey in particular remain technical engines for our respective economies. That allows business owners to create and retain businesses and high-quality employees, which help support our positive education system, maintain our standard of living, and provide an above-average per capita income.

However, there are issues to be addressed, as the hold on this critical industry is tenuous. Here are 10 new ways to view a career in manufacturing
new-jersey  opinion  Around-the-web  this-week-429  u.s.-manufacturing  workforce-development 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
America’s New Factory Building Frenzy - IndustryWeek
A flurry of new manufacturing facilities has begun popping up across the U.S. In this environment of low unemployment, skills deficits and shifting corporate paradigms, this abundance is rife with challenge and potential. We spoke with several manufacturers in the thick of this building boom, both to learn of progress with their plans and to share best practices.
u.s.-manufacturing  facility-planning  Around-the-web  this-week-429-top 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
What are the top issues manufacturing companies need to know about tax reform? BDO
The $1.5 trillion tax reform legislation known as the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” (TCJA) represents the biggest change to the tax code since 1986. While the implications for businesses are broad and complex, we’ve summarized some of the most common tax reform questions for manufacturers:
Around-the-web  TCJA  corporate-tax-reform  government-policy  u.s.-manufacturing  this-week-429-top  insider-12-17-2018 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
This Ohio factory thought it could bring U.S. jobs back from China. Then Trump got involved. - The Washington Post
Stripmatic’s plight is an example of the hidden costs of Trump’s “America First” protectionism. During decades of increasing globalization, leaders of both political parties reassured critics that the gains from trade were dispersed across myriad less-expensive products — and thus often difficult to identify — while the costs were obvious every time a factory closed.
u.s.-manufacturing  tariffs  government-policy  global-supply-chain  steel-industry  Around-the-web  this-week-428 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
This Factory Was Ready to Expand. Then Came the Trump Trade Wars. - The New York Times
Prices are rising for imported goods, other nations are erecting retaliatory trade barriers, and companies like Plug Power, the manufacturing business that Mr. Marsh runs outside Albany, are facing crippling uncertainty from Mr. Trump’s fickle approach.
Around-the-web  this-week-427  free-trade-agreements  government-policy  new-york  small-manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
Decoding the fall in manufacturing capacity utilization - Deloitte Insights
MANY of us know that fewer and fewer people work in manufacturing in the United States these days. But not many people know that US manufacturers aren’t using their factories and machines as intensively as they used to. Over the past 40 years, actual manufacturing output as a percentage of maximum manufacturing capacity—what economists call “capacity utilization”—has fallen almost 10 percentage points.
economic-analysis  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-427 
june 2018 by areadevelopment
Can A Small Giants Philosophy Help Revitalize American Manufacturing?
Their approach was risky yet strategic: P1 would take the long-view by investing in millennials and new technologies, like thermal and hydro-generation manufacturing. David started small and focused on finding the right people, achieving world-class production, and delivering excellent service. As they grew, he repeatedly turned down offers from private equity investors. David was singularly focused on doing whatever it would take to realize his vision.
small-manufacturing  small-business  u.s.-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  capital-access  new-york  Around-the-web  this-week-426 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
The Future of American Manufacturing - Popular Mechanics
For this special report, we surveyed 26 of the largest manufacturers in the country—and a few smaller ones, because their perspective is important—for their thoughts, concerns, and predictions. Their answers to 11 big questions tell us a lot about what lies ahead.
Around-the-web  this-week-426  automotive-industry  u.s.-manufacturing  executive-surveys 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
Helping U.S. Manufacturers: What works? - Agracel, Inc.
One of the chasms in today’s political economy relates to manufacturing. Broadly speaking, many elites believe that the one-two punch of globalization (trade) and technology (robotics) has effectively knocked out the sector. But many people disagree. Or, more precisely, they believe that with the right policies, we could support more factory jobs in more places than we do now.
government-policy  u.s.-manufacturing  taxes-incentives  Around-the-web  this-week-426  infrastructure  workforce-development  public-private-partnerships  industry-clusters  workforce-training  university-economic-development 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
Machining Demand Surges With Boom in U.S. Manufacturing - Thomasnet
This trend correlates with a booming resurgence in U.S. manufacturing, which added 24,000 jobs in April alone according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). However, these strong employment numbers somewhat mask a significant challenge for the precision machining industry – that challenge being the shortage of skilled workers in the trade. In fact, the Bureau predicts that there will be a need for an additional 29,000 new machinists by 2024.
economic-indicator-reports  economic-indicator-reports-analysis  u.s.-manufacturing  machining  Around-the-web  this-week-425 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
Minnesota Manufacturers Face Potential Labor Shortage - US News
An annual manufacturing survey by a Minnesota industry organization shows the sector may face labor shortages.
regional-reports  midwest  minnesota  u.s.-manufacturing  labor  labor-shortages  skilled-labor  skills-gap  Around-the-web  this-week-425 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
Colleges are Adding Programs in a Once-Decimated Industry - Assembly Magazine
As robots take over much of the manual labor in factories, the new jobs being created tend to require computer and engineering skills and advanced training. That’s helped to fuel a boomlet of college investment in manufacturing programs.
u.s.-manufacturing  workforce-training  skills-gap  automation  advanced-manufacturing  this-week-424-top  Around-the-web 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
Manufacturers and tax reform: Seize the opportunities - Industrial Insights - PwC
The new tax bill is a game changer for manufacturers. For years, they have focused on cost containment to maintain profitability. But with lower tax rates, easier access to foreign cash, and favorable expensing provisions for buyers, manufacturers can think more about how to grow their business and prepare for the future.
u.s.-manufacturing  corporate-tax-reform  Around-the-web  economic-analysis  this-week-424  sfp-insider-5-18-2018  insider-12-17-2018 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
Who's Pushing U.S. Manufacturing Forward? - Chief Executive
The future of American manufacturing isn’t only “Made in America.” Accelerating the rebound in U.S. factories depends on what they make and how they make it, not just where. And so Chief Executive is initiating our list of 20 Makers for American Manufacturing.

We wanted to identify a core group of leaders making a significant difference to American manufacturing on their own or that represent dynamics providing vigor to this crucial sector of the economy.
u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-423 
may 2018 by areadevelopment
Renewing America’s economic promise through older industrial cities - Brookings
The middling performance of communities with historically strong manufacturing cores is a key feature of America’s uneven economic growth. These so-called older industrial cities, predominantly located in the Midwest and Northeast, have struggled over time to grow jobs in new sectors and to boost employment and income, particularly for their communities of color. They range from very large cities like Baltimore and Detroit, to smaller communities like Schenectady, New York, and Terre Haute, Indiana.
rust-belt  factory-towns  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  regional-reports  midwest  mid-atlantic  new-england  this-week-420 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
What Manufacturing Looked Like a Century Ago - The Agurban
What was “State of the Art” manufacturing a century ago? A friend of Agracel’s, Tom Ryan, who used to work in the Administration Building for Ford Motor Company, passed along the following information and pictures to us. These images are from 1917-1918. Amazing how things have changed! Enjoy!
u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-420  Ford 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
Connecting Public Transit to Great Manufacturing Jobs
By alternately pressuring and working with transportation authorities in Los Angeles, New York, and other cities, Jobs to Move America has gotten foreign manufacturers to create more than 2,500 direct factory jobs in the United States—and several thousand more indirect jobs. Jobs to Move America played a pivotal role in getting Chinese rail and bus companies to build factories in California, Illinois, and Massachusetts. It has also gotten a Japanese company to build a light-rail factory in California, and a French company to add 500 jobs in upstate New York.
organized-labor  u.s.-manufacturing  transportation-industry  industry-organizations  los-angeles  california  Massachusetts  new-york 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
Tax Reform Unleashed: What It Means for Industrial Corporations - Gray Construction
Like all legislation, the new tax law is not perfect. However, it is clear that comprehensive tax reform is good for skills, wages and jobs, all of which feed into a strong economy. 
Around-the-web  this-week-419  corporate-tax-reform  government-policy  u.s.-manufacturing  economic-analysis 
april 2018 by areadevelopment
Smuggling of U.S. Technology Is Outpacing Cold War Levels, Experts Say - The New York Times
Since 2013, nearly 3,000 people have been swept up by Homeland Security Investigations alone for trying to smuggle weapons and sensitive technologies — including circuits or other products that can be used in ballistic missiles, drones or explosive devices.
tech-transfer  defense-sector  Around-the-web  this-week-417  u.s.-manufacturing 
march 2018 by areadevelopment
Yes, manufacturing still provides a pay advantage, but staffing firm outsourcing is eroding it - Economic Policy Institute
These reports raise the question of whether there is a pay premium for manufacturing work and whether this pay premium has eroded, especially recently and for particular types of workers. We review these studies and conduct new analysis of manufacturing wage and benefit premiums and conclude that although the increase in outsourcing manufacturing work to staffing agencies has helped erode pay and job quality, there is still a substantial manufacturing pay premium.
labor-costs  workforce-development  u.s.-manufacturing  jobs  economic-indicator-reports-analysis  Around-the-web  this-week-417 
march 2018 by areadevelopment
U.S. Manufacturing Isn't Beating China But It's Not Doomed - Bloomberg
China has become the world's 800-pound gorilla. But America is holding its own against other rivals.
u.s.-manufacturing  competitiveness  economic-analysis  Around-the-web  this-week-415 
march 2018 by areadevelopment
American Giant’s Hoodie Can’t Save US Manufacturing By Itself - Racked
So you might see a story like this and click it but realize you also need to get started on making dinner or finish those other tabs you have open, and also there are a lot of other really important concerns in the world, and how about that stuff, huh? And anyway, good luck with that American manufacturing thing, you’re really rooting for them, you’ll definitely try to read it later, but you know what they say: Business is business. Business, like the heart, wants what it wants.

Bayard Winthrop, CEO of American Giant, wants you to know that it is not that simple.
u.s.-manufacturing  textiles-clothing-industries  backshoring  Around-the-web  this-week-413 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
SyncFab to Create Manufacturing Jobs Through Blockchain -
The hope is to reduce pollution and the use of resourcing by manufacturing locally. To build parts in America rather than across the ocean, which reduces the need for ships that burn fossil fuels.

To this end, SyncFab is working with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Initiative and the cities of San Leandro and San Francisco. A long-term goal at SyncFab is to encourage work from home, startup entrepreneurship, and small businesses.
internet-of-things  industry4.0  small-manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  reshoring  parts-suppliers  machine-shops  Around-the-web  this-week-413 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
Heroes MAKE America: New Program to Train Veterans for Manufacturing - IndustryWeek
Manufacturers such as Caterpillar, Koch Industries, Arconic, Parker Hannifin Corp. and many others have committed to contributing to the success of the program, as well as hiring veterans upon completion of the 10-week training.
veterans  workforce-training  workforce-development  industry-organizations  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-411 
february 2018 by areadevelopment
Economic optimism in manufacturing driven by strong new orders and production numbers - Industrial insights - PwC
Driven by strong new orders and production numbers, the ISM manufacturing index rose to 59.7 in December, reflecting economic optimism across the manufacturing sector
economic-indicator-reports-analysis  Around-the-web  this-week-409  u.s.-manufacturing 
january 2018 by areadevelopment
How Germany Wins At Manufacturing — For Now : NPR
America needs to create more manufacturing jobs: That's been a constant refrain of President Trump and was one of the goals of the corporate tax cut recently passed by Congress and signed into law. The loss of manufacturing jobs has been a problem for many countries, especially the U.S. It played a big role in Trump's election.
this-week-309  Around-the-web  Matt  germany  globalization  manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  competitiveness 
january 2018 by areadevelopment
More evidence that technology and increased worker productivity, not trade, were behind US factory job losses - AEI
This paper challenges two widely held views: first that trade performance has been the primary reason for the declining share of manufacturing employment in the United States and other industrial economies, and second that recent productivity growth in manufacturing has actually been quite rapid but is not accurately measured.
u.s.-manufacturing  STUDIES  economic-analysis  Around-the-web  productivity  advanced-manufacturing  industry4.0  this-week-409  industry-organizations 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
Tech-savvy Millennials Primed to Change Manufacturing - IndustryWeek
The largest generation in the U.S. is taking its place in manufacturing -- and the experts are betting this tech-savvy cohort is ready to stir things up.
millennials  skilled-labor  workforce-aging  workforce-development  u.s.-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-409 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
Alabama's Sock Queen opens new shop as small-town manufacturing changes with the times -
Inside a squat metal building on the outskirts of Fort Payne, Ala., huge spools of cheerfully colored thread hang like nursery mobiles above rows of blue knitting machines the size of office copiers.

It's loud in this part of the mill, and Gina Locklear has to shout to be heard. Her eyes light up as she talks about her newest set of machines, installed last January, that can knit a sock with a seamless toe. It's a  It's a capability the mill's older machines don't have. Those were originally built to manufacture white athletic socks, a business that has largely left the country.
this-week-409  Around-the-web  textiles-clothing-industries  alabama  regional-reports  industry-reports  small-manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
Was the Industrial Revolution Really Worth it? -
One might reasonably expect a kind of remediating effect as technological advancement makes industrial workers’ lives better: the choice between working in a factory now or a hundred years ago is a no-brainer. Unlike the first industrial revolution, perhaps the upcoming Industry 4.0 will alleviate—rather than exacerbate—the economic and psychological consequences of unemployment in the manufacturing sector today.
industry4.0  u.s.-manufacturing  jobs  skills-gap  workforce-development  Around-the-web  this-week-407 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
Apple invests $390 million in US-made iPhone lasers - The Verge
Apple is naming another recipient of funds from its $1 billion US Advanced Manufacturing Fund that it announced earlier this year. Finisar, a company that manufactures vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers (VCSELs), is receiving $390 million as part of Apple’s new program to fuel job creation among American manufacturers.
advanced-manufacturing  venturecapital  apple  glass-optical-manufacturing  industry-reports  electronics-industry  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-407  parts-suppliers  supply-chain  capital-access 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
Moderate Manufacturing Outlook Amidst an Improving Global Picture - MAPI Foundation
In spite of two devastating hurricanes, U.S. economic growth has accelerated in recent months. U.S. GDP growth has averaged 3.1% in the second and third quarters of 2017, up from a 2% average over the prior four quarters. There has been a significant acceleration in the pace of business equipment spending growth since the early months of 2017, a potential sign of an increase in business confidence.
economic-analysis  economic-indicator-reports  economic-forecast  u.s.-manufacturing  manufacturing  industry-organizations 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
Mid-Market Manufacturer Finds New Opportunities to Reshore Parts - Chief Executive
Mitchell supplies parts and wreath rings to companies throughout North America and Europe, and is a preferred parts supplier to furniture, window and computer manufacturers. Mitchell CEO Tim Zimmerman said recently that the company was able to reshore a handle sub-assembly product back to the U.S. last year, offering both increased production and significant cost savings to the client.
case-studies  Around-the-web  this-week-406  cost-of-doing-business  wisconsin  parts-suppliers  global-supply-chain  business-globalization  u.s.-manufacturing  small-manufacturing 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
Gray President & CEO Shares Perspective on Tax Reform with CNBC - Gray Construction
“The U.S. is seen throughout the world as a great place for manufacturing," said Stephen Gray. "We have incredible competitive advantages, and I think the tax reform package will actually help us."
u.s.-manufacturing  taxes-incentives  corporate-tax-reform  government-policy  Around-the-web  this-week-406 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
The Best Places to Work in Manufacturing 2017 –
Smaller metro areas dominated this list. The average population across our top 10 is about 300,000. But if you discount Greenville, North Carolina and Ogden-Clearfield, Utah that figure drops in half to 150,000. The largest metro area in our top 25 is Louisville-Jefferson, Kentucky-Indiana, which has 1.2 million residents.
u.s.-manufacturing  Metros  ranking  economic-indicator-reports-analysis  Around-the-web  this-week-406 
december 2017 by areadevelopment
7 ways to grow manufacturing in Michigan - and 5 challenges -
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
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
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
Why Skilled Labor is the No. 1 Location Driver for Manufacturers Today - Quality Magazine
Automated production does not equate to zero jobs; instead it means that operations need more skilled labor in order to operate, maintain and retool technologically advanced equipment. 
skilled-labor  automation  backshoring  u.s.-manufacturing  workforce-development  Around-the-web  location-analysis  this-week-402-top 
november 2017 by areadevelopment
A plan for defending US manufacturers from cyberattacks - TheHill
As the manufacturing sector gets increasingly interwoven with information technology and the Internet of Things, industrial firms are increasingly at risk.
internet-of-things  disaster-planning  risk-management  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  ICT  this-week-400 
october 2017 by areadevelopment
DowDuPont’s Andrew Liveris: How America Can Bring Back Manufacturing - Knowledge@Wharton
Liveris is the executive chairman of DowDuPont, a $73 billion holding company (the two giant chemical companies merged in September), and Chairman and CEO of The Dow Chemical Company. He has advised both the Obama and Trump administrations on manufacturing issues. (Liveris was head of Trump’s now-defunct American Manufacturing Council.)
this-week-399-top  Around-the-web  u.s.-manufacturing  advanced-manufacturing 
october 2017 by areadevelopment
The Automation & Specialization of Manufacturing Jobs in America - CTE Publications
The American manufacturing industry is charging ahead. Despite losing five million jobs over the past decade due to automation and offshoring, the American manufacturing industry is now producing up to 12% of the country's gross domestic product. That's the same percentage of product produced in 1960, but with three times the growth in productivity experienced in 1978.
automation  Around-the-web  this-week-397  u.s.-manufacturing  workforce-development  skilled-labor  advanced-manufacturing 
september 2017 by areadevelopment
Shinola looks to bring manufacturing back to the U.S., and stakes a claim in Chicago - Chicago Tribune
Shinola also has strong Chicago ties. A local tannery supplies the leather Shinola uses in its watch straps. Three Shinola stores have opened or are opening in the Chicago area by this fall. The company wants to set up a manufacturing plant on the city's South Side, though Shinola President Jacques Panis has declined to say what it may make and when it may open.
shinola  detroit  chicago  regional-reports  midwest  small-manufacturing  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-397 
september 2017 by areadevelopment
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Gets a Public Reminder to Save the Garment Center From Designers and Supporters – WWD
Manufacturing accounts for roughly 1 million square feet in the Garment District, and as indicated in the letter sent to de Blasio Saturday, the proposed industrial space in Sunset Park only represents a fraction of that.
textiles-clothing-industries  fashion-district  new-york-city  urban-planning  Metros  u.s.-manufacturing  small-manufacturing  Around-the-web  this-week-397 
september 2017 by areadevelopment
Why the US Solar Industry Doesn't Want Government Protection - WIRED
Suniva and SolarWorld have petitioned the US International Trade Commission calling for strong tariffs against foreign manufacturers claiming that foreign governments, like China, have subsidized competing solar cell manufacturers abroad, undercutting the US solar industry. But much of the rest of the US solar industry finds those figures far-fetched, and calls the tariff a terrible idea.
solar  energy  green-economy  trade-agreements  business-globalization  china  u.s.-manufacturing  free-trade-agreements  Around-the-web  tariffs  industry-reports  this-week-395 
august 2017 by areadevelopment
Aerospace manufacturing attractiveness rankings - PwC
An Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness Index compiled by global professional services network PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) ranked Michigan second nationwide behind Georgia based on a weighted score of category and subcategory rankings including labor, infrastructure, industry, economy, cost, tax policy, and geopolitical risk. Rising six rankings after falling to eighth place last year, Michigan’s improvement was attributed to the state’s strong performance in the economy, infrastructure, and cost categories.
Aerospace  ranking  u.s.-manufacturing  Around-the-web  industry-clusters  innovation-hubs  this-week-395 
august 2017 by areadevelopment
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