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The Best of Brooklyn Designs

Steven Mesler | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Steven Mesler

The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce wouldn't be able to attract an audience for a "Brooklyn Manufacturing Expo" outside of their own staff, so every year they host the BKLYN DESIGNS exhibition.

It's Not Easy Being Blue

Lynn Tilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lynn Tilton

At some point during our transition from manufacturing economy to financial service market, we set a taint on being blue; blue collar, that is.

The American Garmento: An Endangered Species in its Natural Habitat

Jenni Avins | Posted 08.01.2011 | New York
Jenni Avins

Gave a peek into New York City's Garment District's nooks and crannies via a few little videos, for a glimpse at the American Garmento -- an endangered species in its natural habitat.

Made in Midtown: Meet Jason Wu

Tom Vanderbilt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tom Vanderbilt

Jason Wu is describing his recent visit to the Smithsonian to watch his one-shouldered, intricately embroidered dress be inducted into the museum's collection.

Made in Midtown: Meet Paul Cavazza, Create-a-Marker

Tom Vanderbilt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tom Vanderbilt

Made in Midtown's journalism fellow Tom Vanderbilt offers a behind-the-scenes look at the fashion world, and reveals how an industry inseparable from New York continues to thrive.

USW-AWEA 'Partnership for Progress' -- This Is What it Should Be All About

Leo Hindery, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo Hindery, Jr.

Is "US" American companies making things in America, or is "US" multinational corporations based in the U.S. but with much/most of their business and production abroad?

China vs. U.S. Workers: China Is Winning

Eric Lotke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric Lotke

Yesterday, the Senate Banking Committee held a hearing to examine the impact of China's exchange rate practices on U.S. manufacturing.

Watch It! Made in the USA

Eric Villency | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Eric Villency

America's roots as an industrial superpower are well established. The question now is what we will produce going forward?

Made in Midtown: Meet Tony Singh, Four Seasons Fashion

Tom Vanderbilt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tom Vanderbilt

There are many reasons why Tony Singh would like to keep his factory at its current location on 39th Street. The last time he moved, more than a decade ago, it cost him roughly $75,000.

Rebuilding U.S. Manufacturing Must Be Bipartisan Cause

Edwin D. Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Edwin D. Hill

Maybe we'll never get back to the post-WW II days when our country was the world's only industrial power, but we've got to start somewhere and regain as much ground as possible.

Made in Midtown: Meet Anna Sui

Tom Vanderbilt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tom Vanderbilt

While her reach and influence are felt across the world, Sui's story began in the Garment District and continues there to the present day, as she chats in her lacquered black and purple studio.

Made in Midtown: Meet In God We Trust

Tom Vanderbilt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tom Vanderbilt

"Fashion was always something I wanted to get into," says Shana Tabor, founder of the Brooklyn-based boutique In God We Trust, "but on my own terms." This is not mere bravado.

Made in Midtown: Why Creative Industries Matter to NYC

Deborah Marton | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Deborah Marton

This morning my organization, the Design Trust for Public Space, launched, an inside look at the Garment District, the heart of American fashion.

"Re-shoring," "On-shoring" and "Insourcing" -- The Coming New Era Of American Manufacturing

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

What will it mean to American businesses if -- I should say when -- Chinese imports cost as much as they should cost?

The Jobs Agenda: Step One Is China

Scott Paul | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Scott Paul

Taking on China will not start a trade war, dramatically increase consumer prices, or permanently spook the bond market. Instead, it will increase U.S. employment, boost U.S. exports, and rebalance the economy.

G-20 Standing Up To China, Now It's Your Turn

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dave Johnson

As the manufacturing infrastructure of suppliers, technology knowledge, etc., moves to China, dependence follows. China appears to be ready to answer, "So what are you going to do about it?"

End the Denial: Label China a Currency Manipulator

Leo W. Gerard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Leo W. Gerard

America and China share a terrible delusion. They are in denial about currency manipulation. Both officially state that China is not devaluing its currency. This is too costly to America.

The Manufacturing Sector as Sacrificial Lamb

Gilbert B. Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Gilbert B. Kaplan

We can't keep paying for military and diplomatic victories -- assuming we are even achieving these -- by trading away our economic prowess.

Even Chinese Officials Understand -- Their Currency Must Rise

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

China's cache of foreign currency means that its central bank cannot easily raise interest rates to fight inflation. Thus, Chinese companies are starting to import and stockpile commodities. It's a tense mess with the highest of stakes.

Made in Midtown: Meet Ron Frasch

Tom Vanderbilt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tom Vanderbilt

New York City is considering changing the zoning in the Garment District, the heart of American fashion. This decision would transform the industry and the neighborhood.

Made in Midtown: Meet Andrew Rosen, Theory

Tom Vanderbilt | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Tom Vanderbilt

The Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit devoted to improving New York City's public realm, has partnered with the Council of Fashion Designers of America to create Made in Midtown.

China Cost Colorado 45,000 Jobs Since 2001: Economic Policy Institute

The Denver Post | Aldo Svaldi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The U.S. trade deficit with China has cost Colorado more than 45,000 jobs since 2001, the Economic Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., estimates. ...

How Many Jobs Have Been Lost to China Where You Live?

Dave Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dave Johnson

According to a new report, between 2001 and 2008, 2.4 million American jobs were lost or displaced -- with losses occurring in every Congressional district.

Chrysler ADDS Jobs In Detroit

AP | MIKE HOUSEHOLDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

DETROIT — Chrysler Group LLC gave a big boost to the battered Michigan economy Friday when it announced plans to add about 1,100 workers to help...

Senate Climate and Energy Bill Boosts U.S. Manufacturing

David Doniger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Doniger

In the quest for 60 votes for climate and energy legislation, one essential group is a manufacturing caucus of about a dozen Senators, led by Sherrod Brown (D-OH).