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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.

Columbus Castings Has Learned How to Survive and Thrive in Challenging Market

Michele Nash-Hoff | Posted 07.23.2014 | Business
Michele Nash-Hoff

The metal casting industry has been one of the hardest hit by competition from China and India, but some companies have been able to survive and even prosper despite the combined onslaught of intense offshore competition and the Great Recession.

Will Reshoring And Hi-Tech Boost Jobs? It's Doubtful

Ashok Bardhan | Posted 05.17.2014 | World
 Ashok Bardhan

High-value added innovations such as 3D printing and big data, among others, underscore the increasingly tenuous link between innovation and employment growth. Ultimately, the logic of globalization and a market economy leads globally active firms to resort to global locations, whether for their markets, core assets, inputs or labor.

China Seeks Low-Cost Production... In the US (Pt. 2)

Robin Lewis | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business
Robin Lewis

Once the Chinese open their factories or acquire existing companies in the U.S., they can begin the process of integrating forward, ultimately owning and/or controlling every link in the value chain, including the most important link that connects with consumers: retailers and brands.

China Seeks Low-Cost Production... in the United States

Robin Lewis | Posted 03.23.2014 | Business
Robin Lewis

Beware of what you wish for. For all of the "pollyannas" who have been rooting for manufacturing jobs returning to the good old U.S. of A. from low-cost countries such as China, they may just be getting their wish; but not in the way they intended. It will end badly.

Modern Manufacturing

Jerry Jasinowski | Posted 04.01.2013 | Business
Jerry Jasinowski

I have never been as excited about the prospects for U.S. manufacturing as I am today. We are entering a new era -- a new golden age of amazing modern manufacturing.

Does Walmart's Patriotic PR Have Legs?

Scott Paul | Posted 03.19.2013 | Business
Scott Paul

Walmart made a little bit of news on Tuesday announcing plans to source an additional $50 billion worth of American-made goods over the next decade. But it's also worth noting that Walmart's move is not altogether altruistic.

An Eyes Wide Open Look at U.S. Manufacturing

Greg Autry | Posted 03.02.2013 | Business
Greg Autry

Let me be clear that Can American Manufacturing Be Saved? is no emotional, xenophobic rant against trade. Nash-Hoff views trade as a tough playing field that Americans used to rule and can win on again.

"Lame Duck" Congress Must Act to Prevent Sequestration

Michele Nash-Hoff | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business
Michele Nash-Hoff

Regardless of the outcome of the election, the members of the "lame duck" Congress must act like statesmen instead of the intensely partisan politicians of the past several years to prevent sequestration.

Will the AME, NAM and NACFAM Alliance Revitalize Manufacturing?

Michele Nash-Hoff | Posted 05.07.2012 | Business
Michele Nash-Hoff

The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is joining with leading organizations, such as the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and...

What Could We Do Right Now to Create Jobs?

Michele Nash-Hoff | Posted 03.21.2012 | Business
Michele Nash-Hoff

There are numerous ideas and recommendations on how we could create jobs that range from the cautious to the extreme. Let's start with what we as individuals can do from the viewpoint of entrepreneurs, business owners, employees and consumers.

OUT: Outsourcing. IN: Insourcing.

Scott Paul | Posted 03.13.2012 | Business
Scott Paul

Insourcing. That's at the top of my trending list for 2012. But, how do we make reshoring -- bringing jobs back from overseas -- real?