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No More Detroits

Scott Paul | Posted 09.18.2013 | Business
Scott Paul

If our leaders take certain lessons to heart -- and voters demand this change -- we can adopt policies that will grow exports, rebuild the middle class and put us on a path to a better fiscal position.

The Sword of Damocles

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 09.14.2013 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

President Obama should have first taken on the admittedly tough challenge of reining in health care costs before he attempted to extend health insurance to everyone.

One Million New Factory Jobs?

Scott Paul | Posted 09.07.2013 | Politics
Scott Paul

In President Obama's nomination acceptance speech, he promised to create one million new domestic manufacturing jobs by the end of his second term. The president can fulfill his campaign pledge, if he meant it. We're willing to help.

Making Career Training Soup From Stones

Bradley W. Johnson | Posted 08.24.2013 | College
Bradley W. Johnson

It seems like every day there is a new story on how our higher education system is going to hell in the proverbial hand basket. While rising tuition c...

Small Steps to Revive Industry in the U.S.

Bobby Grajewski | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Bobby Grajewski

For American manufacturing to resurge in this competitive global market, handcrafted niche products are an essential pillar that needs to be developed. With cheaper foreign alternatives this will be no easy task, but it is not impossible.

A Life-Changing Technology Revolution

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 08.11.2013 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

You've probably heard about 3D printing, where an item is built, layer by layer, by a printer based on a digital model. Conceptually, these so-called printers work in a similar way to the sci-fi transporter in the Star Trek series, materializing things into matter one particle and layer at a time.

Dave Jamieson

The Obama Jobs Goal That's Quickly Imploding | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.07.2013 | Politics

On the campaign trail last year, President Barack Obama laid out a specific jobs goal that he said would help rebuild the country's struggling middle ...

Manufacturing Is Going (to New) Places: And What That Means About Jobs

Mark Tomlinson | Posted 07.13.2013 | Business
Mark Tomlinson

More than two thirds of manufacturers are having difficulty finding skilled employees. We cannot stand by hoping someone else will solve our skills gap crisis. Industry, government and educators need to work together to implement solutions that work.

Zero Manufacturing Jobs Added -- Zero

Dave Johnson | Posted 07.05.2013 | Business
Dave Johnson

President Obama set a goal of 1 million new manufacturing jobs in his second term. Last month we added zero. Not one. Nada. Zip. We did add low-wage jobs, though. Maybe we can talk about a national manufacturing strategy now?

A Real Manufacturing Resurgence

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 06.22.2013 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

The reality on the ground is that U.S. manufacturing is today giving a good account of itself, but with sensible incentives, it could do much more.

Innovation: Additive Manufacturing

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 06.16.2013 | Technology
Jerry Jasinowski

I am sometimes inclined to hyperbole when describing the creative genius of American manufacturers, but the reality on the shop floor outpaces my ability to capture in words what our factory wizards are actually achieving.

Workforce Training

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 06.08.2013 | Small Business
Jerry Jasinowski

An even greater problem is the widespread misperception among young people that manufacturing is grimy, tedious work that offers little upside potential. That may have been true a generation ago, but it is not true today.

We Know Where the Jobs Are

Mark Tomlinson | Posted 06.03.2013 | Business
Mark Tomlinson

The fact is there are hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs available right now, but they remain unfilled because employers can't find workers with the right skills. Those employers are America's manufacturers.

How A Flailing 108-Year-Old Business Made A Comeback

Forbes | Meghan Casserly | Posted 03.20.2013 | Small Business

This article originally appeared on Forbes. Like so many small business owners, 2008 was the hardest year of Jen Guarino’s life. After moving to ...

Tales of Leadership

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 04.20.2013 | Technology
Jerry Jasinowski

These are two fascinating life stories by two visionaries, and I found them especially interesting in terms of their unique approaches to leadership. I highly recommend them for anyone interested in the dynamics of organizational leadership, either in the private or the public sector.

Getting Serious About U.S. Manufacturing - Again

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 04.17.2013 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

As bad as the Great Recession might have been for manufacturing, it's had a fascinating silver lining for the image of manufacturing, which not too long ago felt like a lost cause.

The Audacity of Jobs

Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam | Posted 04.16.2013 | Politics
Ed Crego, George Muñoz and Frank Islam

Some pundits assert that in doing so he was taking his eye off the ball. We would argue quite the contrary. Putting jobs and wages in the direct line of sight is exactly what needs to be done to move the economy forward in a manner that benefits the middle class and average Americans.

Business Groups Gear Up For Fight Over Obama Agenda

Reuters | Posted 04.15.2013 | Business

* Small businesses push back on $9/hr minimum wage * Energy plan makes no mention of electric vehicles By Ben Berkowitz ...

Jobs Are Open Right Now

Easter Seals TriState | Posted 04.07.2013 | Impact
Easter Seals TriState

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifEaster Seals provides a transitional employment opportunity to participants to allow them to earn wages while in training, but to also learn/demonstrate the crucial employability skills that employers are seeking.

The Economic Oversight in Manufacturing Cotton (Part 2)

Jolie Bensen | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business
Jolie Bensen

If the U.S. is the second largest producer of cotton in the world, then why can't we buy U.S. grown, U.S. spun cotton fabric? Or any fabric grown and processed here in the U.S.?

Are You There, Washington? It's Me, the Shrinking Economy

Scott Paul | Posted 04.02.2013 | Politics
Scott Paul

It means a lot of transactions lost; a lot of contracts unsigned; a lot of economic activity that never took place. So what happened?

Manufacturing: How Women Can Help Spark a Troubled Industry

Karin Lindner | Posted 04.01.2013 | Business
Karin Lindner

How can we change the current misperception that manufacturing is not a career opportunity that women would want to pursue? How can we attract female leadership?

Modern Manufacturing

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 04.01.2013 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

I have never been as excited about the prospects for U.S. manufacturing as I am today. We are entering a new era -- a new golden age of amazing modern manufacturing.

Obama's Heaviest Lift

Robert Kuttner | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Have you ever wondered why it's become almost a hobby of billionaires to scapegoat our public schools for the widening inequality of our society? The answer is that if the problem is schools, then we don't have to think about all the other drivers of inequality. And if we can weaken a public institution along the way, so much the better. The fact is that in the late 1990s, when we had full employment, inequality narrowed and people at the bottom made the biggest gains. And we had the same schools; in fact, the test scores and graduation rates were worse back then than the ones we have today. In the 1950s and 1960s, when we had strong unions and near-full employment, the society became more equal. Face it, we could improve our test scores, and send everyone to college, but until we address the other sources of inequality, we will just have more frustrated graduates.

Why Onshoring High-tech Manufacturing Jobs Makes Economic Sense

Linda Mayer | Posted 03.26.2013 | Business
Linda Mayer

The shift toward electronics and other high-tech products requires different facilities and skill sets than the U.S. employed in its manufacturing heyday. And as a country we need to portray manufacturing as an attractive, stable career.