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Where Have All the 3D Dreamers Gone?

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 01.25.2014 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

As the manufacturing industry continues to move toward incredibly advanced five-axis machines and robots, the demand for a spatially skilled workforce is growing rapidly.

Sexing Up the Middle-Skill

Felix W. Ortiz III | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Felix W. Ortiz III

Employers within the middle-skill sector face a few hurdles in recruiting new talent, including: a lack of education about the various training and employment options, an outdated image of the industries these jobs fit within.

The Future of Rapid Prototyping

Soren Petersen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Soren Petersen

Co-written by Gianluca Fiano Remember the replicator that allowed the instantaneous, voice controlled creation of food and other objects? Of course, ...

Because They Can

Stan Sorscher | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Stan Sorscher

Aerospace workers in Washington State made a clear statement in favor of rising living standards. It's a rare pause in the middle class decline of the last 30 years.

Factory Slowdown: Private Manufacturers' Sales Slowing

Mary Ellen Biery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Mary Ellen Biery

U.S. manufacturers added more jobs last month than they had since February, but job gains in the sector continue to be below the expectations of some ...

It Takes More than Economics 101 to Compete With China

Ralph Gomory | Posted 12.24.2013 | Business
Ralph Gomory

Our faith in our own system is so ingrained that we continue to believe in its benign results even in the absence of the free markets and free trade conditions.

Protecting Our Nation's Workers: Ergonomics Outside the Office

Stephen Bosse | Posted 12.21.2013 | Small Business
Stephen Bosse

Whether it's ergonomic trainings, midday yoga classes, or simply the proper tools, our nation's manufacturing, agriculture, and construction industries can benefit substantially by instituting these policies. A healthy workspace shouldn't be constrained to the office any longer.

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.