CBS: Reports show that manufacturing output in the U.S. had its largest decline in six months in April.
National Journal: The U.S. needs to keep a strong influence over foreign nuclear operations.
Last week the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) told you about a new study prepared by Brigadier General John Adams (U.S. Army, Retired). The report finds urgent action is needed to reduce the U.S. military’s dangerous dependence on foreign suppliers for the raw materials, parts, and finished products needed to defend America.
The report is lengthy, and we at ManufactureThis don't presume all of you have read it already, so we wanted to highlight five reasons you should be concerned about the findings.
At ManufactureThis, we talk a lot about the 500,000 manufacturing jobs created since 2010. It’s a nice number to cite. But have you wondered where in the U.S. those jobs are sprouting up?
Forbes Magazine took a crack at that question. In a story published on its website, it lists the top ten “manufacturing boomtowns” in America.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's a brief opinion piece from Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) Media Director Steven Capozzola.
Washington Post: Part of Cambodian factory producing shoes for sale in U.S. collapses.
Bloomberg: China believes its economy is being hurt by weak yen.
A quick humorous aside from the desk of ManufactureThis...
No one is more supportive of U.S. manufacturing than we are. And no one wants to see an uptick in manufacturing activity, and the hiring/re-hiring of skilled factory workers, more than we do.
But we find it strangely amusing that, as we scan through each day’s news, we consistently see such a widely divergent array of estimates on whether U.S. manufacturing is actually rising or falling.
As Howard Schneider observes in today's Washington Post, U.S. trade with Japan is climbing the ladder of thorny issues facing the Obama Administration. Schneider says that the U.S. trade deficit with Japan is second only to that of the deficit with China, and recent moves by Tokyo to devalue the Yen could pose serious problems for U.S. manufacturers.
The Building a Better America Council (BBAC) is a grassroots organization in Portland, OR that aims to encourage and promote the manufacturing, purchase and use of American made products in the construction industry.
Less than 70% of current construction projects utilize products manufactured, finished or assembled in the United States.
Check out this spot of good news for America’s solar power manufacturing industry: A Georgia-based company is planning on seriously ramping up production. Suniva is planning on adding 48 new positions to its about-to-open, round-the-clock production facility in Norcross, reports PV Magazine.
As NPR reports, more than two weeks after a building collapse in Bangladesh, the number of bodies recovered stands at over 1,100.
The buildings housed four factories that manufactured clothing. Bangladesh is the world's second-largest clothing exporter, in part because of a minimum wage of $37 a month, and in part because already lax fire and safety regulations were rarely enforced.
Imaging, for a moment, that you arrived at work one day and your employer told everyone you (and everyone else on staff) that you were all laid off, and the business was closing.
That's exactly what happened in December 2008 to the 270 people employed by Republic Windows and Doors in Chicago. After a six-day sit-in, organized by the union representing the employees, the company settled and gave the workers severance pay, along with other concessions.