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An American Industrial Renaissance?

Robert Kuttner | Posted 05.27.2011 | Business
Robert Kuttner

In the sorting out of the wreckage after Japan's earthquake and tsunami, many Americans have begun paying more attention to a phrase they had barely known -- "supply chains."

9 Companies That Can't Keep Their Products On The Shelves

24/7 Wall Street | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

By 24/7 Wall Street: It is not unusual for companies with highly successful products to run out of inventory. Oftentimes, companies scramble at the la...

Apple Shares Drop On Fears Of Japan Quake's Effects

The New York Times | MIGUEL HELFT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO -- Last week, shares of Apple did something they rarely do: they fell nearly 7 percent, in two days. The unusually sharp drop, which ...

Working, in Chicago: An Emotional Guide for New Graduates

David Murray | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
David Murray

"A first job may be similar to one's experience with grade school," Larry Ragan wrote in a private memoir. "It becomes engraved in the memory." And since Larry was my first boss, he is engraved in my memory.

We're Number Two: Why America Is Losing its Lead in Manufacturing and How We Can Get it Back

Scott Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Paul

When IHS Global Insight revealed this week that China has passed the United States to lead the world in manufacturing output, the response from some i...

China Edges Ahead Of U.S. In Manufacturing, Report Says

The Huffington Post | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

After over a century of dominance, U.S. manufacturing has dropped into second place behind China, according to estimates released Monday by IHS Global...

America: We Need a National Manufacturing Strategy

Rep. Bruce Braley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rep. Bruce Braley

While U.S. jobs are steadily shipped overseas, the tidal wave of foreign-made goods in our stores and in our homes has become as regular as the tide. And that's a big problem for our country.

Protectionism of the Past vs. Protectionism of the Future

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Most of the benefits of protectionism center on winning tomorrow's industries and keeping today's from falling into trouble, not on rescuing industries already dying.

If Gary Locke Goes To China...

Scott Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Paul

Secretary Locke -- our next ambassador to China if confirmed by the Senate -- will need to clean up a mess decades in the making.

Manufacturing Leads the Recovery

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Our government can support a manufacturing surge by reducing the excessive costs borne by U.S. manufacturers and paving the way for more exports.

U.S. Manufacturing 'Red Hot'? Dream On

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Forget raw-materials exports saving us. That idea drowns in the ocean of foreign crude oil we suck in every year--which causes us to run a deficit, not a surplus, in this sector.

William Alden

Manufacturing Strongest Since 2004, But Challenges Remain | William Alden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

In a sign that the economy continues to recover, albeit unevenly, manufacturing just finished up another strong month. New orders and production rose...

Will ABC News' Made in America Series Avoid Their Boss, Disney?

Jeff Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeff Cohen

It's too easy to blame U.S. consumers for buying cheap stuff from China or Bangladesh or Honduras. Will ABC News investigate the products sold by Disney?

Yepoka Yeebo

Willful Ignorance: How Apple And Other Electronics Giants Gain the Benefits of Chinese Labor | Yepoka Yeebo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Apple again finds itself under scrutiny about the treatment of workers in foreign factories, following disclosures that laborers at a Chinese plant pr...

The Cloud on the Horizon

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

There is a grave fiscal cloud gathering on the horizon. Like most economists who do not have their heads in the sand, I have for many years warned of a pending fiscal crisis driven by excessive debt and unrealistic government commitments.

American Manufacturing Slowly Rotting Away: How Industries Die

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Losing positions in key technologies means that whatever brilliant innovations Americans may dream up, large-scale commercialization of those innovations will increasingly take place abroad.

The Korea Trade Deal Is Lose-Lose

Lori Wallach | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lori Wallach

The bottom line for the U.S.-South Korea FTA is that some large U.S., Korean and Chinese multinational firms could gain at the expense of the majority of people in both countries.

The Myths of Offshoring - The Imperative of Manufacturing

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo Hindery, Jr.

No economy as large and complex as ours can prosper with less than 20-25% of its workers being in manufacturing and without the sector contributing a like percentage of GDP.

How The Decline Of Manufacturing Could Drain Innovation | LOUIS UCHITELLE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Losing an industry or ceasing to manufacture a particular product, in this case stainless steel flatware, has indeed become a fairly frequent event. J...

Yes, American Manufacturing Really Is in Trouble

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Critics ask how American manufacturing can possibly be in decline when US manufacturing output is at an all-time high. This sounds like a reasonable objection, but it's not.

Why The Midwest Is Becoming The Next Silicon Valley

Ray Leach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ray Leach

There are several states in the Midwest where successful entrepreneurial companies are charting the way for a new economy and demonstrating that high-growth entrepreneurship can happen anywhere when a region plays off its strengths.

Jobs Crisis in Real World... Just Not in D.C.

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

Anyone in the real world outside of Washington or Wall Street reading about "thousands" of job openings going unfilled knows something is fishy.

Lila Shapiro

U.S. Manufacturing Expands At Fastest Rate In 7 Years | Lila Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

American manufacturing continued its rapid growth last month, according to a new report released Tuesday, suggesting a broader economic recovery could...

Manufacturing in Decline; Establishment in Denial

Ian Fletcher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ian Fletcher

The use of bad arguments to defend a position is a fairly strong telltale that the position cannot be defended with good arguments. This seems to be the case with the Korea FTA. NAM must think the public is fairly dumb to fall for its claims.

Manufacturing Jobs Key to Winning the Future

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

Those of us in the freshman class elected to Congress in November arrived with a specific objective -- getting our economy moving again. Thankfully, we're not starting from scratch.