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Factory Floors -- Don't Fear The Robots

Mona Bijoor | Posted 10.21.2016 | Technology
Mona Bijoor

"Made in the USA" is a label I haven't seen on clothes since the early 90s. With the exception of brands who enthusiastically advertise their domestic...

Rebuilding American Manufacturing: Memos to the Next President

Sridhar Kota | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Sridhar Kota

On January 20, 2017--after the speeches, parades, and parties end--the next president will sit down, start sifting through a seemingly endless trove of briefing binders, and begin making difficult decisions that will shape the future of the world.  

U.S. Manufacturing, Alexander Hamilton, and the Presidential Election

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 09.29.2016 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

In addition to giving rise to a great Broadway hip-hop play, Alexander Hamilton was the founding father of the U.S. pro-manufacturing movement. In 1791, he wrote a report to the Congress extolling the virtues of U.S. manufacturing.

Trump, Yesterday and Buggy Whips

Edward Goldberg | Posted 09.30.2016 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

It was quite obvious at Monday night's debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump that globalization -- an issue too hard to explain in a sound bite -- is The Issue of the election.

In Response To The First Presidential Debate: The Silicon Valley Buzz On Manufacturing

Michael Mamas | Posted 09.27.2016 | Politics
Michael Mamas

Both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spent time discussing the loss of American manufacturing jobs in last night's presidential debate. In a recent trip to the San Francisco Bay area, I met with some Silicon Valley professionals.

This Is China, Not Italy

Simone Cipriani | Posted 09.06.2016 | World
Simone Cipriani

"All we get is inspections. We are assaulted and robbed. The inspectors only want to get paid, but nobody protects us."

Could This Be The Future Engine Of Development In Africa?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 09.05.2016 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The conventional map of Africa's development path went more or less like this: transfers of capital and technology would ease people out of farming and into factory jobs around cities, while income from the extraction of oil, gas, and minerals would help governments pay for education, health, and infrastructure.

This Day, Some Well-Earned Respect For Factory Workers

Scott Paul | Posted 09.04.2016 | Politics
Scott Paul

Workers deserve more than lip service. They deserve economic opportunity, and they deserve respect. What should that mean for politicians? Practice what you preach.

California : Call the Question

Carl Pope | Posted 08.10.2016 | Green
Carl Pope

The eyes, and the hopes, of climate advocates everywhere should be focused for the next two weeks on California.   Our prospects for breakthrough cli...

Free Trade Bromides Wrecking America

Kevin L. Kearns | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Kevin L. Kearns

Free trade not only cures cancer but also prevents aging! That should have been the lede of Douglas E. Schoen's Fox News recent op-ed this explaining his boundless, fact-challenged enthusiasm for free trade.

Sustainability, Meet Digital Manufacturing

Vicki Holt | Posted 08.04.2016 | Technology
Vicki Holt

For more than a decade, manufacturing companies have inched toward sustainability through improved business practices. They've cut emissions, implemented predictive machine maintenance and moved toward environmentally friendly chemicals and packaging.

Hillary Clinton's Evasive, New Non-Policy On Trade.

Kevin L. Kearns | Posted 08.01.2016 | Politics
Kevin L. Kearns

We have Trump offering quite specific policies, and taking extreme heat for them. Hillary Clinton's strategy is, apparently, not to be pinned down. In other words, she has adopted a political strategy, not a substantive one.

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.

Live From A Contentious Convention, It's The Alliance For American Manufacturing

Scott Paul | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics
Scott Paul

Our logic for participating is simple: If there were ever a presidential contest where the issues demanded our presence at a political convention, this is the one.

Manufacturing's Next Act

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 06.28.2016 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

The global manufacturing industry is always changing, and today, that very simple truth has given the United States an unprecedented opportunity to reclaim global leadership in manufacturing for the remainder of the 21st century.

How One Company is Disrupting the $600 Billion Dollar Manufacturing Industry

Nathan Resnick | Posted 06.20.2016 | Business
Nathan Resnick

For every entrepreneur and business, finding a manufacturer is one of the most challenging aspects of getting your idea off the ground. Manufacturing products is a hurdle that nearly every entrepreneur faces, regardless of if their business is hardware or fashion focused.

U.S. Manufacturing: It's a brand new (sustainable) day

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 06.15.2016 | Business
Rick Fedrizzi

Years ago I was sitting in high school trigonometry class when one day our teacher, a stern, humorless and buttoned-down left-brainer named Dr. Uva, w...

6 Technologies Transforming the Manufacturing Industry in 2016

William Morrow | Posted 06.10.2016 | Technology
William Morrow

Image Source Once perceived as strictly a blue-collar industry, the manufacturing industry today is now a hub for exciting new technology and innovati...

Women in Business Q&A: Heather Onstott, CFO, Freight Farms

Laura Dunn | Posted 06.03.2016 | Business
Laura Dunn

Heather Onstott is the CFO at Freight Farms, Inc., a startup focused on creating a more connected and sustainable food supply. Freight Farms manufact...

What the 2016 U.S. Election Is Really About

Edward Goldberg | Posted 06.02.2016 | World
Edward Goldberg

Who would have thought that an issue too hard to explain in a sound bite would become the main axis along which the American presidential election is fought? Donald Trump's railings against China or Mexico shrewdly put a political face on that issue: globalization.

The Traditional (and Flawed) Concept of the Circular Economy

Tom Szaky | Posted 05.26.2016 | Green
Tom Szaky

The most common 'solutions' for waste today are linear in nature, treating waste materials as useless outputs to burn in an incinerator or be buried i...

The Story of Shinola

Andrew_Yang | Posted 05.23.2016 | Business

After founding and working at FOSSIL for 26 years, Tom Kartsotis was looking for the next chapter in his career. He decided to visit Detroit in 2011 t...

It May Surprise You Which Countries Are Replacing Workers With Robots the Fastest

Hal Sirkin | Posted 05.21.2016 | World
Hal Sirkin

"Industry 4.0," a global economy transformed by automation, is revolutionizing work in some countries more than others. Here's why.

Imagine A World In Which Nothing Gets Thrown Away

The Huffington Post | Shane Ferro | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business

There’s an idea for a world without trash. Items are not just recycled, but created with the intention of making new things out of them after they a...

The Digital Manufacturing Cheat Sheet for Entrepreneurs

Vicki Holt | Posted 05.05.2016 | Technology
Vicki Holt

From ultraportable drones to solar-powered water heaters to smart earplugs, today's coolest technologies start with amazing parts.