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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.

Investing in the American Workforce

Tom Snyder | Posted 09.29.2015 | College
Tom Snyder

A recent poll conducted by the Gallup-Lumina Foundation found that while Americans may be politically polarized, they all agree that the United States needs to invest in the talent of its workforce. Talent is defined as "the knowledge or skills people develop or obtain through education, work or other life experiences."

Monday Manufacturing Malaise -- China Down 8.8 Percent

Phil Davis | Posted 09.28.2015 | Business
Phil Davis

I know the conventional wisdom is that, if we pretend China is not having a crisis for long enough, the crisis will go away but this is rapidly spilling over to other Asian economies and is now affecting Europe too.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution -- It's Here

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 09.25.2015 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

October 2 is Manufacturing Day, and the upcoming event is not merely some quaint memorable nod to the past.

On Etsy, 'Handmade' Is Not What It Used To Be

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 09.14.2015 | Business

It turns out that when handmade goods get popular, it can be difficult to keep them strictly handmade. So the artisanal goods marketplace Etsy finds ...

Brooklyn and the Future of Manufacturing

Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown | Posted 09.14.2015 | New York
Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown

The "Brooklyn brand," synonymous with artisanal goods, handicrafts, and design boutiques is entering a new phase. Brooklyn is scaling up.

Indiana Supports College Promise

Tom Snyder | Posted 09.11.2015 | College
Tom Snyder

In June I led a delegation of Indiana educators, business leaders, and philanthropists to Washington, D.C. to learn about College Promise, the Obama administration's non-partisan grassroots effort to build widespread support for a free community college education for responsible students throughout the nation.

Video Marketing Is King: Oops, I Meant Content!

Diane Primo | Posted 09.09.2015 | Business
Diane Primo

With 85 percent of Americans online, content is king today for marketers -- to build brands, demonstrate expertise and sell product. And no strategy may be more effective -- or "kingly" -- than video content and video marketing

China's Stock Market Mess Belies Bigger Problems for the United States

Scott Paul | Posted 09.01.2015 | Politics
Scott Paul

The recent cratering of the Chinese stock market left some scars on our 401(k) plans and dominated recent headlines. Some called it a correction. I tend to think of it as another glimpse into the crazy house-of-cards economy in China.

China Protects its Workers; America Doesn't Bother

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

Currency manipulation violates free market principals, but for China, doing it makes sense. This potent action by a major economic competitor raises the question of when the United States government is going to stop pretending currency manipulation doesn't exit.

Wearables in the Workplace: 3 Reasons to Test in Manufacturing

Heather Franzese | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Heather Franzese

Similarly, we need to know more than what workers say they need. There's an opportunity to add depth to worker data by plugging them into the 'internet of everything' and finding out what is the physical behavior of a worker who self-reports as satisfied, compared with one who reports otherwise.

Lots of Fuzzy Numbers Behind Walmart's American Manufacturing Push

Scott Paul | Posted 07.08.2015 | 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.

California: Blue State, Boom State

Bob Burnett | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Bob Burnett

California's economy hasn't thrived because it's run by Democrats, but rather because of liberal culture. Not liberal values in the classic sense -- equality, peace, and justice -- but rather the liberal mindset that's open and flexible.

Daniel Marans

Trade Deal Will Hurt Urban Black Communities, Labor Ad Warns | Daniel Marans | Posted 06.12.2015 | Politics

In a new line of attack against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, the AFL-CIO and the United Steelworkers union released an online video ad on...

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

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 06.05.2015 | 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?

May Jobs Report, First Impressions: Another Solid Report, Outside of Manufacturing

Jared Bernstein | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Jared Bernstein

Payrolls were up 280,000 last month in a better-than-expected jobs report, with employers adding jobs across almost all of the service industries and government. Positive revisions for April and May added another 32,000 to the payroll count. Analysts had been expecting around 225K jobs, so put May's initial print in the "upside surprise" column. The jobless rate ticked up slightly from 5.4 to 5.5 percent but for the right reason: more people joining the labor force. Average hourly wages were up 2.3 percent over the past year, a touch faster than in past months. All told, what I see in these numbers is a job market maybe, sorta, kinda starting to reach working people... six years into the recovery! So my message to the Fed: love it and leave it alone!

Educators Unite to Build Vietnam's Tech Talent

Techonomy | Posted 06.04.2015 | Technology

Vietnam's tech industry is booming. Software and electronics exports soared in recent years, and a domestic market for tech products and services is steadily gaining strength.

The Robots Are Coming! The Robots Are Coming!

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.25.2015 | Politics
Robert Kuttner

Robots have indeed eliminated a great deal of factory work and are rapidly moving on to product design, medical diagnostics, research, teaching, accounting, translating, copy editing, and a great deal more. Once-secure professions are no longer safe. From that, many economists conclude that we may just have to adjust to a high plateau of unemployment. That assumption is malarkey.

Smart Manufacturing: A Path to Profitable Growth

Brian Kennell | Posted 05.21.2015 | 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.

Plastics On a Roll

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 05.13.2015 | Technology
Jerry Jasinowski

Today plastics comprise about 50 percent of the volume of a new passenger vehicle, but only 10 percent of the weight. That of course is a major reason for the shift to plastics -- reducing weight and hence increasing mileage.

5 Interesting Things Manufactured in Illinois

Reboot Illinois | Posted 05.08.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Quaker Oats was founded in 1850 as a part of German Mills American Cereal Company. The company changed its name to the Quaker Oats company in 1901. It was the first company ever to register a trademark for breakfast cereal.

The Quest for Asia's Next Manufacturing Miracle

Sabina Dewan | Posted 05.03.2015 | World
Sabina Dewan

Countries should encourage the development of large, legitimate trade unions that truly represent workers' interests and engage productively with employers, rather than stamping out strikes in the fear that they will drive away business.

Manufacturing and Infrastructure: Now Is the Time to Act

Christian Caballero | Posted 06.30.2015 | Business
Christian Caballero

News that the U.S. economy grew at an anemic 0.2 percent (GDP) during the first quarter of 2015 should trigger a reaction by policymakers in Washington.

After the Biofuel Fail, Does Synthetic Biology Have a Future?

Bryan Johnson | Posted 06.28.2015 | Technology
Bryan Johnson

Synthetic biology will be the future of manufacturing, engineering and medicine. But for now, there's nothing wrong with focusing on start-ups that will generate revenue while moving up the complexity curve faster and more predictably than anyone else.

Latest Trade Push Is A War On Workers

James P. Hoffa | Posted 06.28.2015 | Business
James P. Hoffa

President Obama recently downplayed the impact of unfair trade on the U.S. workforce, arguing that many manufacturing jobs are low-paying. But I disagree. This nation's manufacturing base provides a pathway to prosperity for many Americans -- and this administration cannot shut the door on their future.