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Offshore Outsourcing Has Crippled America's Innovation Engine

Curtis Ellis | Posted 12.19.2013 | Business
Curtis Ellis

A generation of efficiency experts have been telling us the U.S. doesn't need to manufacture things. We will lead the world at innovating -- coming up with new products and technologies, they say.

For Victory: A WWII Pamphlet and a Modern-Day Program Encourage Women in American Manufacturing

Allison Grealis | Posted 12.17.2013 | Business
Allison Grealis

"Women," the pamphlet concludes, "can be trained to do almost any job you've got." On that point, I agree.

Manufacturing the Future: Driving Growth Through Advanced Manufacturing

Toni Verstandig | Posted 12.16.2013 | Business
Toni Verstandig

Manufacturing today is no longer the dirty, dark, and dangerous world it may have been during the early years of American industry.

60 Minutes Misses Point: Detroit Is Cautionary Tale for America

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 12.16.2013 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

Contrary to media report after media report, none of these things are unique to Detroit: Abandoned factories. Boarded-up houses. Burned up houses. Deteriorating houses. Drug houses. Graffiti. Crime. Large vacant lots filled with weeds and trash. Depopulation.

Connecting the Youth With the Next Generation of Manufacturing

Mike Roberts | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Mike Roberts

What if you told your kids there was a place where they could hold ideas in the palms of their hands?

TPP Is a Race to The Bottom -- We Need a Race to the Top

Larry Cohen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

For 130 million working Americans, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is, as Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (D) described so well, the "largest corporate power grab you never heard of."

Changing Perceptions, Celebrating Skills on Manufacturing Day

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Close your eyes and picture a manufacturing workplace. What do you see? You might have some obsolete ideas that come to mind. Today, advanced manufact...

U.S. Shutdown: An International Problem

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 12.04.2013 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

As I drove from my home in Detroit to the event the day before it started, and listened to the radio along the 401, the Canadian news was laser-focused on what a shutdown would mean for the Canadian economy, and in particular, Canadian manufacturing.

It's MFG Day: A Celebration of Manufacturing

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 12.04.2013 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

Without events such as Manufacturing Day, factories are just huge buildings surrounded by tall fences and expansive parking lots to outsiders. It's good to let people inside, to see the intense, high-tech competition in which U.S. manufacturers are engaged -- if only once a year.

Manufacturing a Recovery: U.S. Gains From Advanced Manufacturing Firms

Barbara Dyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Barbara Dyer

Co-authored by Mark Popovich Manufacturing is back -- or so it seems. The stats released this week on trends in durable goods shipments reinforce tha...

The Robots Are Coming - Now What?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 11.26.2013 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

It's probably true: Automation will almost certainly transform the American workforce. The robots are coming - but they're not here yet.

The ‘Clean' Truth About Manufacturing in the U.S.

Ryan Costella | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Ryan Costella

Through proactive engagement with our community and by opening the doors of our factories to students, teachers, parents and the broader community, we are dispelling antiquated stereotypes and, once again, getting people excited about "Made in the USA".

Kate Sheppard

Senate Takes Up Bipartisan Energy Efficiency Legislation | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

The Senate is debating a bipartisan energy bill this week that if passed would become the first substantial energy legislation in six years. The En...

This Labor Day in America

Scott Paul | Posted 10.30.2013 | Business
Scott Paul

For every man and woman who gets up early, packs a lunch pail, punches a clock, rolls up their shirtsleeves, puts in an honest day's work, and showers after they get home, this one's for you.

Manufacturer on a Mission

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Peter A. Georgescu

I'm often surprised and gratified to discover how many folks are already doing good things above and beyond their work and family lives.

Innovation Lab at Harold Washington Library -- How It Works

Kathryn Born | Posted 10.26.2013 | Chicago
Kathryn Born

The Innovation library received a slew of press coverage when they announced the opening of the Innovation Lab -- a space that gives the public free access to 3D printers, laser cutters and CNC milling machines.

Walmart's Latest 'Buy America' Sham

Stacy Mitchell | Posted 10.22.2013 | Business
Stacy Mitchell

In a way, Walmart's Buy America program represents the home stretch of the economic transformation the company set in motion decades ago.

Roll Up Your Sleeves

The European Magazine | Posted 09.30.2013 | Business
The European Magazine

The political power of big existing institutions -- big companies, big unions, big education -- will weigh in against any real change. The most likely result is that we will be stuck.

Obama's Amazon Economy

Scott Paul | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
Scott Paul

The President will be speaking about rebuilding America's middle class from the depths of an Amazon warehouse in Tennessee. His message and the site from which he'll deliver it are dissonant, given Amazon's prominence as a massive importer and employer of temporary workers.

Meaning Is in the Eye of the Beholder: Defining Today's Western Economy

Emmet Oliver | Posted 09.24.2013 | Business
Emmet Oliver

Recently, when speaking to journalists about the make-up of the Irish and European economy, I found myself amazed at the way we use certain words and the subsequent meanings we attach to them.

California Clearly a Top State for Business

Mike Rossi | Posted 07.24.2013 | Los Angeles
Mike Rossi

When it comes to being one of the Top States for Business, there are those who talk about their potential and those who exercise it. For the Golden St...

Detroit: The Wet Dream of Wall Street

Lauren Windsor | Posted 09.23.2013 | Politics
Lauren Windsor

The looming time-bombs of unfunded and under-funded pension liabilities threaten to shred the very fabric of American society. Detroit should spur a frank discussion on American values.

Manufacturing: A Pathway to Prosperity

Dr. Robert L. Breuder | Posted 09.23.2013 | College
Dr. Robert L. Breuder

Whether it's the Krups you use for your morning coffee, the garage door you close with the touch of a button, or the computer you log onto that signif...

An Economy Working Only for a Few

Mike Lux | Posted 09.21.2013 | Politics
Mike Lux

Detroit's bondholder-friendly, worker/retiree-unfriendly bankruptcy tells the story of an economy -- and a society -- where the priorities are completely screwed up. This is not how you build a healthy sustainable economy.

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.