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Here Be Dragons

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 03.05.2014 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

As we embark upon the New Year, we have the wind at our backs. The economy is growing, manufacturing is strong, housing is on the rebound, unemployment is falling and the stock market is in record territory.

White Men and Their Guns

Leonard Steinhorn | Posted 02.16.2014 | Politics
Leonard Steinhorn

Perhaps we are asking the wrong questions in our national gun control debate. The issue is not whether we should have gun control laws in this country -- or what they should be.

Is There Really Free Career Technical Training?

Michele Nash-Hoff | Posted 02.04.2014 | Business
Michele Nash-Hoff

Yes, there is, at least in California. While these types of classes are still being offered to adults over the age of 18, it is now possible to get technical job training and even certification in a variety of careers. Unbelievably, these classes are free in California.

Engineering Is 'Pure Michigan'

Sarah A. Webster | Posted 02.03.2014 | Detroit
Sarah A. Webster

When it comes to engineering, in particular, few places outrank Michigan, which is heavily bolstered by the automotive industry.

The True Price of Great Holiday Deals

Robert Reich | Posted 02.01.2014 | Business
Robert Reich

Some manufacturing is coming back to America, to be sure, but not the assembly line jobs that used to be the core of manufacturing employment. Computerized machine tools and robots are doing an increasing portion of the work -- which is why many companies can afford to bring their factories back here. Get it? Technology and globalization are driving the good deals American consumers are getting this holiday season. But the same forces are keeping wages down, and are even on the verge of eliminating many of the low-wage retail and related service jobs many Americans now need to make ends meet. To put it another way, American consumers getting great shopping deals are also American workers on the losing end of those same deals.

Is It Finally Time for Currency Trade Legislation?

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 01.27.2014 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

It's time for the president to live up to the spirit of his campaign promises. He should voice his support for this bill and encourage both houses of Congress to attach it to their next major piece of budgetary or fiscal legislation.

A New Persona for Manufacturing

Terry Iverson | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Terry Iverson

We need AP Engineering and AP Manufacturing tracks for young people to pursue. These careers needs to be seen as honorable and good careers for tomorrow's young people.

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.

Making Televisions in America and Watching "I Love Lucy:" Apple, Samsung, and Judge Lucy Koh

Frank H. Wu | Posted 05.19.2014 | Technology
Frank H. Wu

In the Apple v. Samsung patent trial, the lawyers have suddenly started arguing about race. An attorney for the former made a reference in his closing...

Our Veterans Deserve More Than Tickets to a Ball Game

Larry Cohen | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Larry Cohen

Let's make this Veterans Day a time to recommit to our values, as we honor those who served and those who work hard every day, whose jobs, living standards and rights are on the line.

Who's Minding the Store?

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Jerry Jasinowski

There seems to be a fundamental law of politics that every president who wins a second term soon runs into trouble and spends his final years in office limping along ineffectually or worse ricocheting from one disaster to another.

Reshoring Means More Jobs

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 12.25.2013 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

I have seen reports of major league reshoring by Apple, Motorola, General Electric, and others, and we all saw the announcement by Walmart that it will steer billions to U.S. manufacturers, but I have been waiting to see this movement reflected in the economic data.

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?

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.

The Magic Job Multiplier of Manufacturing

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 11.27.2013 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

We are seeing growing evidence that manufacturing supports far more jobs in other sectors than previously thought.

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".

Manufacturing Employment

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 11.10.2013 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

It is long past time for the BLS to acknowledge its careless treatment of important data on manufacturing employment and to come up with a more credible definition that truly reflects what is going on in the industrial workplace.

Labor Day 2013: Retooling Our Labor Force

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 11.01.2013 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

Labor Day is upon us once again and once again the picture for new entrants to the labor force is dismal if they do not possess a tool kit of advanced skills.

An Early Leader of the Great Manufacturing Resurgence

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 10.12.2013 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

If there ever was one single corporate executive who believed in a renaissance of American manufacturing, and who was determined to make it happen, it was surely my good friend Richard E. Dauch who tragically passed away on August 2.

Geography: The Latest Front in the Class War

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 10.10.2013 | Politics
Anthony W. Orlando

At the heart of today's political gridlock is a sense of disconnect. Too many Americans feel disconnected from their government, their economy, and even their fellow citizens.

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.