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These Photos Show Santa's Workshop Is Actually A Sprawling Factory Town In China

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 12.22.2014 | World

You may not have heard of the Chinese town of Yiwu, but chances are some of your Christmas decorations were molded, glued, sewn and hand-painted there...

America's Dying Factories Are Widening Income Inequality

AP | By MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Posted 08.15.2014 | Business

READING, Pa. (AP) — In August 2008, factory workers David and Barbara Ludwig treated themselves to new cars — David a Dodge pickup, Barbara a spor...

Manufacturing Jobs Remain an Imperative -- And We Still Need Millions More

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Leo Hindery, Jr.

Right now, with the U.S. manufacturing sector employing less than 10 percent of the U.S. civilian labor force, the sector is not even half the size it needs to be for our nation to again have a balanced, high-growth economy.

These Mesmerizing GIFs Will Change The Way You Look At Everyday Stuff

The Huffington Post | Sara Boboltz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

We're lucky enough to live in a post-industrialized world, where we can pop down to the store to pick up a few groceries without thinking twice. All t...

Autumn Comes To The Rust Belt

Randy Fox | Posted 11.25.2012 | Travel
Randy Fox

As autumn sets in to the Rust Belt, I'm always reminded of the lines written by James Wright, a poet, who was raised around the factories in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Yes, many of the mills are long gone, but the ritual is largely the same.

Mark Gongloff

Worst Factory Reading In 3 Years Raises Recession Fear | Mark Gongloff | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business

That gasping sound you heard at about 10:00 a.m. EDT on Monday was Wall Street's reaction to a report on U.S. factory activity, which crashed to its l...

The Art Of Manufacturing At MOCAD

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 05.11.2012 | Detroit

Detroit might be the only place this summer where you can ruminate on factory design of the past and see a homemade maple syrup collection system -- a...

Economy Scores Passing Grade, Today Anyway

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 03.01.2012 | Business

President Obama has bet a second term on selling an economic comeback. A big truckload of economic data released today suggests he's not losing that b...

Mark Gongloff

Today's Economic Numbers Were Small But Tasty | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.15.2012 | Business

Wednesday morning's economic numbers may have been small potatoes, but they were fairly tasty nonetheless. The numbers from the manufacturing and h...

The U.S. Has Lost These Industries To China

24/7 Wall St. | Charles B. Stockdale, Douglas A. McIntyre | Posted 03.26.2012 | Business

From 24/7 Wall St.: Americans are used to the U.S. being the leader, or a top-ranked nation, in many areas. But in a number of industries and business...

Labor Market Shows Signs Of Improvement At Year's End

Posted 12.31.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (LUCIA MUTIKANI, Reuters) - New U.S. claims for jobless benefits rose last week but the underlying trend pointed to an improving labor ...

Someone's Finding A Use For This

AP | By JEFF KAROUB | Posted 02.07.2012 | Detroit

DETROIT -- About half of all U.S. automotive plants that have closed since 1979 are being reused, and much of that activity has come during the recent...

Federal Probe Finds Company Didn't Act Before Deadly Fires

AP | By TRAVIS LOLLER | Posted 11.17.2011 | Business

GALLATIN, Tenn. -- A federal investigation into flash fires that killed five people this year at a Gallatin metal powders plant found that multiple re...

Janell Ross

Corporate Silence: Brands Profess Ignorance Of Alleged Worker Abuses at Overseas Factories | Janell Ross | Posted 09.20.2011 | Business

A month after a prominent human rights group accused major American brands of purchasing clothing from a factory in Jordan that systematically abuses ...

Resistance to Factory Pig Farming Gathers Steam

Tracy Worcester | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tracy Worcester

Between 2005 and 2009, I made Pig Business by tracking US pork giant Smithfield Foods, Inc. as it swept into Poland and took advantage of cheap labor, poorly enforced environmental laws, and a government fragile in its post-communist years.

Factory Production Grows, Helping Boost Recovery

AP | DANIEL WAGNER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON — Factories produced more goods for the fifth straight month in January as strong auto sales spurred demand for new cars and trucks. ...

Decline of U.S. Manufacturing: Factory Body Count and Epitaphs

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

The ongoing decline of American manufacturing is not an abstraction. Over the past decade, the United States has lost 53,224 factories.

Warren Buffett's Company Fined, Factories Confiscated In Land Dispute

Bloomberg News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

BYD Co., the Chinese carmaker part- owned by billionaire Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc., was fined and ordered to surrender seven factories ...

University Of Wisconsin, Nike Cut Ties: Labor Concerns Spur Split

AP | RYAN J. FOLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | College

MADISON, Wis. — The University of Wisconsin canceled its licensing agreement with Nike Inc. on Friday, becoming the first university to take that st...

Economic Intelligence: 5 No-Brainer Risks

Michael Likosky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Michael Likosky

It's time to broaden our network of town hall meetings to turn national economic security problems into global sustainable solutions.