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Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 12.22.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

The consulting firm of A. T. Kearney, Inc., has released a new analysis of the re-shoring trend in which U.S. manufacturers are returning work from overseas contending among other things that re-shoring "is not what it is cracked up to be."

2014 Is Ending, but This Wave of Technology Disruptions Is Just Beginning

Vivek Wadhwa | Posted 12.22.2014 | Technology
Vivek Wadhwa

Changes in technology are happening at a scale which was unimaginable before and will cause disruption in industry after industry. This has really begun to worry me, because we are not ready for this change and most of our leading companies won't exist 15-20 years from now.

Will Robotics Breed a New Generation of Super Professionals?

Mike Roberts | Posted 12.13.2014 | Technology
Mike Roberts

The question is: Will automation enable a generation of super industrial professionals? Rapid transformation is already starting, prospective workers, current industrial professionals, and manufacturing organizations should be doing everything possible now to be on the right side of it.

How Globalization Changed America in 2014, and What It Might Mean for 2015

Edward Goldberg | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

It is the season of lists: best movies, best books, and so on. I thought I should continue a tradition I started several years ago of creating a different type of list: a geo-political-economic list -- a list of the globalization top five from an American perspective.

A Thirst to Create Leads to Kickstarter

Lee Schneider | Posted 11.18.2014 | Small Business
Lee Schneider

Funny how limitations can expand your horizons. Nathan Resnick was a college sophomore when he started his first Kickstarter campaign. He wanted to make watches, but he had no way of meeting the minimum order quantities set by manufacturers.

Closing The Skills Gap for New Manufacturing Workers

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

The challenge of preparing young people for jobs in modern high tech manufacturing is vital to them and their future as citizens.

Clear and Present Danger

Johnathan Cardillo | Posted 11.04.2014 | Small Business
Johnathan Cardillo

As a business owner, my most empowering experience was firing my first manufacturer and walking away from a toxic relationship. Sometimes the very people you're writing checks to are your gateway to an early grave.

Infrastructure Investment: Part of Africa's Solution

Antoinette Sayeh | Posted 12.28.2014 | Business
Antoinette Sayeh

Tremendous efforts are under way to upgrade sub-Saharan Africa's infrastructure. But the needs on the ground are still immense as evidenced by the frequent electricity blackouts, poor roads, and insufficient access to clean water in many countries.

Does Raising the Minimum Wage Hurt Employment? Evidence from China

Prakash Loungani | Posted 12.27.2014 | Business
Prakash Loungani

Raising the minimum wage is a polarizing issue. One side worries that raising it will lower employment. The other side downplays the impact on employment and plays up the positive impact on the living standards of the poor.

Closing Skills and Training Gaps: A "Pull" Model for Community Talent Pipelines

Scott Hudson | Posted 12.20.2014 | Impact
Scott Hudson

Education and training providers push programs that don't lead to employment, and companies are pulling away from those providers and not sharing their specific talent needs.

Automotive Production Roars Ahead

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 12.13.2014 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

If the U.S. automotive industry hits popular forecasts of 16.4 million car and truck sales this year, it is likely that the number of vehicles built in North America will surpass 13 million in 2014 -- for the first time in nearly a decade.

Manufacturers Struggle to Turn Data Into Insight

Techonomy | Posted 12.15.2014 | Technology
Techonomy

Let's tone down the hype about the Industrial Internet of Things. While the concept shows promise the far more pressing opportunity is learning to make better use of the mountains of data that factories already generate each year.

Why Manufacturers Should Support Ending Crude Oil Export Ban

Thomas J. Duesterberg | Posted 12.14.2014 | Business
Thomas J. Duesterberg

The largely unanticipated boom in oil production in the last five years has revived a debate over whether the United States should reverse the forty-year old ban on exports of crude oil.

Fracking's Unexpected Benefit: U.S. Manufacturing Oversight, Accountability

Sridhar Kota | Posted 12.07.2014 | Business
Sridhar Kota

If the U.S. is to reap the maximum benefits from the development of this resource, whether in manufacturing or in the quality of life of its citizens, it needs coherent federal strategies and partnerships that will build public appreciation of the impacts in all dimensions, and at global, national and local scales.

On National Manufacturing Day, Congress Must Recommit Itself to Investing in a Strong Manufacturing Future

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 12.03.2014 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

Americans ought to be filled with pride in our role as the world's manufacturing leader. But we cannot take that leadership for granted, as our competitors across the globe seek to lure manufacturing jobs away from our shores.

Manufacturing's New Virtuous Cycle

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Sarah A. Webster

With this much change underfoot, you have to be on top of your game, learning and assessing how this manufacturing world is changing fast. If you don't keep up now, chances are good that you won't benefit from this new cycle of change.

Large Fire Releases Chemicals From Seattle Manufacturing Building

AP | MANUEL VALDES | Posted 12.01.2014 | Green

SEATTLE (AP) — A large fire destroyed a manufacturing building in Seattle, sending a big plume of black smoke over the city and prompting an effort ...

Partnerships That Put America Back to Work

Fred Dedrick | Posted 11.22.2014 | Business
Fred Dedrick

At a time when the dysfunction in Washington, D.C. is at its highest and public approval of Congress is at its lowest, it is heartening to see some renewed focus on significant workforce development issues.

Arthur Delaney

Ohio Business Groups Push Schools To Drug-Test Students

HuffingtonPost.com | Arthur Delaney | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Business groups in Ohio want some local school systems to drug-test students who enter vocational training programs. While it's not ...

The Limits of Political Suicide

Carl Pope | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

My bet is that 2016 will be the last campaign in American history in which conservatives will reflexively ignore the economic interests of their voters by routinely attacking clean energy as a left-wing boondoggle.

Labor Day and Why America (Still) Works

Joe Boyd | Posted 10.30.2014 | Business
Joe Boyd

Labor Day isn't the most celebrated of holidays on our calendar. It was birthed out of a movement to honor and respect the hardworking Americans who laid the foundation of our nation in the late 19th Century.

Five Tests Walmart Must Pass to Show Its 'Made in America' Street Cred

Scott Paul | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business
Scott Paul

Let's look at the company's big, shiny $250 billion commitment to American-made products. Sound like a big number? It is. But just like the endless aisles at your local Supercenter, everything is big with Walmart.

Now Is America's Moment to Assert Itself as a Solar Superpower

Brad Mattson | Posted 10.05.2014 | Green
Brad Mattson

With the current domestic natural gas boom serving as a bridge to this solar future, the United States has a chance to claim its role as a "solar superpower." But we must first recognize the need for a course correction in our industrial policy.

Innovation: United We Stand, Divided We Fall

Kari Warberg Block | Posted 09.30.2014 | Business
Kari Warberg Block

If you yearn to do something truly unique, there has never been a better time than now. Help is there. As you open your awareness to what's available, the right audience and advocates for your product or idea will emerge.

Is What I Saw in Detroit America's Future?

Scott Paul | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Scott Paul

In Detroit, it's come down to matters of basic survival: keeping the water turned on, providing basic public services, determining which blocks to raze and which to save. These are decisions no one should have to make.