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American Manufacturing

Is the Future of Manufacturing Local?

Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr. | Posted 07.22.2016 | Business
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr.

American manufacturing is seeing a growing resurgence. While some retail companies like American Apparel have long produced products on U.S. soil, a new breed of companies are seeking to take advantage of American ingenuity and manufacturing prowess to produce high quality products locally.

The Factory Vote in the Badger State

Scott Paul | Posted 04.05.2016 | Politics
Scott Paul

If you're not yet sold on a candidate, I don't blame you. We've heard the same in 2012, '08, and '04, but the trends have continued. Despite all of the campaign promises otherwise, factory jobs are still disappearing.

'Witch' Way to the Top -- An Interview With Kevin Jackowitz

Stacey Alcorn | Posted 02.19.2016 | Business
Stacey Alcorn

Hamamelis Virginia Linné also known as snapping hazel, winterbloom, or Witch Hazel, is indigenous to the forest areas of the Northeast, not too far from the Connecticut based American Distilling facility that the Jackowitz family has kept on the map for over a quarter of a century.

Junk Nation? Portland's Makers are Betting on a Handcrafted Future

Carrie Sturrock | Posted 12.23.2015 | Business
Carrie Sturrock

Saws screech as people bend over work benches in the bright, cavernous space of ADX Portland, making tap handles, furniture, razor handles, chandelier...

The Economic Weakness Right Under Our Nose

Scott Paul | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business
Scott Paul

More than two million net new jobs have been created this year in America, a not too shabby number. Not a single one of them, though, is in manufacturing. That's terrible news, not only for people who want to work in factories, but for the wider economy.

Helpful Public Policy Would Make It a Great Manufacturing Day

Scott Paul | Posted 10.02.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

I'm happy to be celebrating manufacturing and Made in America. Heck, I do it every day. But I must admit: I get a bit aggravated by politicians who readily treat factory workers and their hardhats as political props but fail to deliver on public policies.

Donald Trump: Can't Make It in America

Scott Paul | Posted 08.05.2015 | Entertainment
Scott Paul

Maybe, on second thought, Donald Trump isn't a gross hypocrite for buying all of that Trump stuff from China; just grossly cynical, and not a candidate who will lead by example. Still, it's not a good look, and it's one of the million reasons he doesn't look very presidential.

Lots of Fuzzy Numbers Behind Walmart's American Manufacturing Push

Scott Paul | Posted 07.08.2016 | Business
Scott Paul

Where Walmart goes, others follow. And that can have a profound effect on how and what our country purchases. Still, the company could do much better. And it could start by being honest about the numbers behind its purchasing pledge.

Inside the Top Secret Plan to Revive U.S. Manufacturing

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 06.05.2016 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

Did you know the U.S. government has rolled out a big new federal program to revive the U.S. manufacturing sector?

Smart Manufacturing: A Path to Profitable Growth

Brian Kennell | Posted 05.20.2016 | Business
Brian Kennell

A bullet train is leaving the station, and it promises to transform and propel U.S. manufacturers who climb on board--in a wave of information technology known as smart manufacturing.

Will the Obama Administration 'Passively' Let More Jobs Go Offshore?

Scott Paul | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Scott Paul

There's an international policy matter on which the administration has been far too passive, and its inaction may be dooming the productive sector of the economy -- not to mention the American middle class -- to a fate it doesn't deserve. I can sum it up in two words: currency manipulation.

Five Tests Walmart Must Pass to Show Its 'Made in America' Street Cred

Scott Paul | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business
Scott Paul

Let's look at the company's big, shiny $250 billion commitment to American-made products. Sound like a big number? It is. But just like the endless aisles at your local Supercenter, everything is big with Walmart.

Is What I Saw in Detroit America's Future?

Scott Paul | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Scott Paul

In Detroit, it's come down to matters of basic survival: keeping the water turned on, providing basic public services, determining which blocks to raze and which to save. These are decisions no one should have to make.

Rebuilding American Manufacturing Powerhouse

Sridhar Kota | Posted 09.10.2014 | Technology
Sridhar Kota

Over the past few decades, we've learned the hard way that once manufacturing is gone, engineering know-how quickly follows, and then later on innovation and our national security suffers the consequences. That's a place that America has never been before.

7 Things Attracting the Youth to American Manufacturing

Mike Roberts | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Mike Roberts

From procurement to design, building, delivery, and service, there's considerable opportunity -- not to mention massive room for growth -- at some of the world's largest companies.

What San Francisco Can Teach The World About Urban Manufacturing

Posted 03.27.2014 | Business

The U.S. has added more than 550,000 new manufacturing jobs since January 2010. After decades of outsourcing overseas, American manufacturing is exper...

Engineering 2.0: Rekindling American Ingenuity

Sridhar Kota | Posted 04.27.2014 | Education
Sridhar Kota

Technological innovation has long been key to American prosperity, especially when it is applied to cutting-edge manufacturing, and the centerpiece of such innovation is engineering.

Manufacturing Continues On a Roll

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 03.18.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

There is a growing movement in our country to buy American. Major retailers are making a big splash out of shifting to domestic suppliers. This movement was a long time in the making, but it is real.

The True Price of Great Holiday Deals

Robert Reich | Posted 02.01.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

Some manufacturing is coming back to America, to be sure, but not the assembly line jobs that used to be the core of manufacturing employment. Computerized machine tools and robots are doing an increasing portion of the work -- which is why many companies can afford to bring their factories back here. Get it? Technology and globalization are driving the good deals American consumers are getting this holiday season. But the same forces are keeping wages down, and are even on the verge of eliminating many of the low-wage retail and related service jobs many Americans now need to make ends meet. To put it another way, American consumers getting great shopping deals are also American workers on the losing end of those same deals.

Factory Slowdown: Private Manufacturers' Sales Slowing

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

U.S. manufacturers added more jobs last month than they had since February, but job gains in the sector continue to be below the expectations of some ...

Who's Minding the Store?

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

There seems to be a fundamental law of politics that every president who wins a second term soon runs into trouble and spends his final years in office limping along ineffectually or worse ricocheting from one disaster to another.

Reshoring Means More Jobs

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 12.25.2013 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

I have seen reports of major league reshoring by Apple, Motorola, General Electric, and others, and we all saw the announcement by Walmart that it will steer billions to U.S. manufacturers, but I have been waiting to see this movement reflected in the economic data.

For Victory: A WWII Pamphlet and a Modern-Day Program Encourage Women in American Manufacturing

Allison Grealis | Posted 12.17.2013 | Business
Allison Grealis

"Women," the pamphlet concludes, "can be trained to do almost any job you've got." On that point, I agree.

Manufacturing the Future: Driving Growth Through Advanced Manufacturing

Toni Verstandig | Posted 12.16.2013 | Business
Toni Verstandig

Manufacturing today is no longer the dirty, dark, and dangerous world it may have been during the early years of American industry.

60 Minutes Misses Point: Detroit Is Cautionary Tale for America

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 12.16.2013 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

Contrary to media report after media report, none of these things are unique to Detroit: Abandoned factories. Boarded-up houses. Burned up houses. Deteriorating houses. Drug houses. Graffiti. Crime. Large vacant lots filled with weeds and trash. Depopulation.