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Labor Day and Why America (Still) Works

Joe Boyd | Posted 09.01.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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 08.05.2014 | 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 07.31.2014 | 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 07.25.2014 | 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.

Electronics Manufacturers Bet Big on Vietnam

Techonomy | Posted 07.25.2014 | Technology
Techonomy

Booming electronics production will help lift Vietnam's economy, but questions remain about how evenly benefits will be spread.

Innovation Hubs Are Accelerating American Manufacturing

Techonomy | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Techonomy

By Bill Dietrick [Image via Shutterstock] There's a renaissance underway in American manufacturing. Even as rising wages and energy costs in China...

Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Good for Business, Good for America

Rep. Steny Hoyer | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Rep. Steny Hoyer

America has always been made stronger -- economically, democratically, and as a world leader -- by welcoming new citizens and allowing them to lend us their talents, their energy, and their new ideas. That's how we succeeded in the 20th century -- and it is the recipe for success in the 21st century as well.

America's Dying Factories Are Widening Income Inequality

AP | By MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Posted 08.15.2014 | Business

READING, Pa. (AP) — In August 2008, factory workers David and Barbara Ludwig treated themselves to new cars — David a Dodge pickup, Barbara a spor...

Microsoft CRM for Manufacturing With Claude Watson, President, mcaConnect

Sarah D. Morgan | Posted 08.03.2014 | Technology
Sarah D. Morgan

This month I sit down with Claude Watson, President of Microsoft Dynamics AX Partner mcaConnect, to spotlight mcaConnect's merger with Dynamics CRM partner SalesMetrix.

Manufacturing and the Skills Crisis

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 08.10.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Closing the skills gap can be done by increasing the demand for workers, upgrading worker skills, and increasing the supply of workers who are available. We simply must get our public schools actively engaged in this quest.

Should We Rethink Our "College for All" Culture?

Thomas J. Duesterberg | Posted 08.09.2014 | College
Thomas J. Duesterberg

The Obama administration is now touting new programs to encourage apprenticeships. It has committed $2 billion to double apprenticeships (albeit from a low level) over the next four years. But these efforts will flounder if we do not rebalance our "mindset."

I, Welfare Bum

Abraham Lateiner | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
Abraham Lateiner

When I hear someone talking with disgust about people who receive public assistance, well, that person is talking about me, too. And themselves. And everyone in this country who's been able to build themselves and their families a financially-prosperous life.

Walmart's Big 'Made In America' Problem

Reuters | Posted 08.04.2014 | Business

(Repeating to additional subscribers) By James B. Kelleher June 4 (Reuters) - When Walmart pledged last year to buy an ...

Manufacturing Jobs for Women

Dr. Bill R. Path | Posted 08.02.2014 | College
Dr. Bill R. Path

Even when you tell them about the many high-paying jobs that are available in the manufacturing industry, it is just not a career that they are considering. And of those few high school students who might show an interest, fewer yet would be young women.

The Business Case for Hiring Developmentally Disabled Workers

Kari Warberg Block | Posted 07.22.2014 | Business
Kari Warberg Block

In a fateful discussion I'll never forget, one of my employees raised the question of whether I had considered employing developmentally disabled workers to take on key roles in the production process.

The Art of Y: Local Manufacturing

Alex Schattner | Posted 07.20.2014 | Business
Alex Schattner

Have you ever had an idea for a product--maybe even went as far as mocking it up--but then shied away from it due to fears of difficult and costly overseas manufacturing?

Manufacturing

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 07.14.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

We are witnessing the evolution of a new manufacturing, a second industrial revolution, built upon advanced technology that is forging a new hybrid of manufacturing and services that does not fit into established categories.

Kentucky Purchased Hemp Seed From Italy

The 420 Times | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
The 420 Times

A shipment containing 250 pounds of hemp seed destined for The Bluegrass State has successfully traversed the U.S. Customs in Chi-town, but officials in Louisville have so far refused to release the seeds due to federal law and sheer ignorance.

7 Things Attracting the Youth to American Manufacturing

Mike Roberts | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Mike Roberts

From procurement to design, building, delivery, and service, there's considerable opportunity -- not to mention massive room for growth -- at some of the world's largest companies.

A More Nuanced Measure of Growth

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 06.30.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

With its focus on production rather than consumption it will convey the vital message that it is the production of goods and services that best determines our economic vitality, not their consumption.

Institutionalized Fraud: How Wall Street Survives on Predicting the Past

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Business
Jeff Schweitzer

We can just make stuff up with aplomb. One day we say the market rises as "investors cheer" good employment numbers; the very next day we attribute the decline to "structural problems" and look forward to a long decline! Were those structural problems not present yesterday when investors were cheering?

Reengineering the Kitchen: Lessons From a Manufacturing Expert

John Carrier | Posted 06.23.2014 | HuffPost Home
John Carrier

I help factories become more productive by refining the way they operate. Small improvements over time can lead to big changes in the long term. But it wasn't until I arrived home late and exhausted from a trip that I realized I needed to use these same principles at home.

Save the Economy: Bring U.S. Manufacturing Home

Pat LaMarche | Posted 06.09.2014 | Business
Pat LaMarche

For the first time in America, the number of people out of work exceeds the number of people working in manufacturing. Alliance for American Manufacturing warns that if manufacturing stays gone from the U.S. that the high tech jobs will follow.

What San Francisco Can Teach The World About Urban Manufacturing

Posted 03.27.2014 | Business

The U.S. has added more than 550,000 new manufacturing jobs since January 2010. After decades of outsourcing overseas, American manufacturing is exper...