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Consumers United: What's Your Role In Corporate Campaign Financing?

November 4, 2014 | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

In honor of the Mid-term election voting today, I want to look at corporate campaign financing and easy consumer access to this information through a new app called BuyPartisan. Campaign finance reform has been a hot topic lately. This September, Senate Democrats led by...

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Looking to Expand? Workforce, Transportation, Location Are Key

November 5, 2014 2:29 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

As I mentioned in my recent article “Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right,” Missouri is currently experiencing a huge surge in the manufacturing sector. I discussed the resurgence with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of...

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Manufacturing Growth: Missouri Got It Right

November 5, 2014 9:21 am | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Missouri manufacturing is certainly having a moment. I recently chatted with Ms. Amy Susan, the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Missouri Department of Economic Development, and she shared some of what Missouri did right to revive its economic growth in the wake of the Great Recession. It seems that the key...

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3D Printing To Get To Mars

October 30, 2014 12:13 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

Like many NASA experiments, the science that precipitates from manufacturing in space will not only help our civilization get to mars, but it will also add to the quickly growing launching pad of additive manufacturing and its uses ...     

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AI Is Summoning Demons

October 30, 2014 9:24 am | by Melisa Fassbender, Editor, Product Design & Development | Comments

Elon Musk, one of the most talked about names in the tech world, is warning us that we should be careful with artificial intelligence (AI) – as it might summon “the demon.” Musk expressed these concerns in a recent interview at the AeroAStro Centennial Symposium, further describing AI as the biggest existential...

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Recall Madness Explodes With Defective Air Bags

October 23, 2014 2:13 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Defective parts are creating bad press and hurting the bottom line for the auto industry, so car companies are being more diligent in announcing recalls. It feels like there is almost a daily announcement of some risk of fire from bad wiring, stalling...

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Does America Deserve A Raise?

October 22, 2014 12:14 pm | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

With an economy that is tentatively getting back on its feet, it only seems appropriate that minimum wage become a point of focus. Currently the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, however, this may soon be a figure of the past.“America deserves a raise,” stated President Obama to a...

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Where Have The Maintenance And Reliability Professionals Gone?

October 17, 2014 11:49 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

Without maintenance and reliability professionals, a manufacturer risks asset reliability deterioration, increased maintenance costs, and lost time. To avoid this, something must be done to counteract the shortage of maintenance professionals entering the workforce by...

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The Generational Divide

October 16, 2014 2:21 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO | Comments

According to an article last year in Business Week, the age of the average manufacturing worker is 56. Typically, we talk about this demographic as it relates to an impending worker shortage. What will we do to replace this crop of highly skilled tradespeople? What kind of impact will their mass...

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Nike, Converse Chuck A Lawsuit At 31 Companies

October 16, 2014 2:12 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

Nike is suing 31 companies over trademark infringements related to its Converse Chuck Taylor shoes. Copycats of the iconic shoes that debuted in 1917 have been on the market for decades and Nike has owned the company since 2003, so what leaves me scratching...

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Manufacturer May Have Put Profits Before Safety

October 15, 2014 9:21 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

A manufacturer of U.S. highway guardrails heads to court this week over allegations it changed its design about 10 years ago to save on manufacturing costs. The problem rests on the fact that the company purportedly never informed the Federal Highway...

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Is The Trade Deficit Really Bad?

October 10, 2014 11:41 am | by Mike Collins, Author | Comments

I think America’s trade deficit is the biggest single obstacle to creating manufacturing jobs or keeping manufacturing jobs in the country. I also agree with Warren Buffet who says, “The U.S. trade deficit is a bigger threat to the domestic economy than either the...

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Is Currency Manipulation Hurting American Manufacturing?

October 9, 2014 2:25 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

According to author Mike Collins, America’s trade deficit is the single biggest obstacle to creating manufacturing jobs, and to keeping manufacturing jobs in this country. He also agrees with Warren Buffett who says, “The U.S. trade deficit is a bigger threat to the domestic...

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Banning Plastic Bags May Be Bad Science

October 9, 2014 9:41 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

My first instinct on a plastic bag ban was of warm, fuzzy, do-gooding feelings for the Earth, and I wasn’t alone. The Mnet comments section was split pretty evenly. I think most of us would agree that the feeling of environmentalism is nice, until some other facts set in ...

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The Skills Gap And Why We Need A Modern Rosie

October 3, 2014 2:23 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

Women make up half of the U.S. population and almost half of the workforce, but only 24% in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing field is full of opportunities on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Manufacturers in the United States...

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The Inversion Crackdown Is In Full Swing

September 29, 2014 10:02 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

It looks like the Obama administration has finally thrown down the gauntlet with companies moving their headquarters overseas. For years, companies have been buying smaller businesses abroad and, in turn, evading good old Uncle Sam and his taxes. This practice is called inversion, and President Obama...

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Amazon’s Involvement With Manufacturing: When Is It Too Much?

September 25, 2014 3:07 pm | by Bridget Bergin, Associate Editor | Comments

The internet has changed the way we do everything, including how we shop. E-commerce giants like Amazon and Alibaba control a large chunk of online buying and selling, but what is the secret to their success? Alibaba’s success is partly due to its strategy of forming extremely close partnerships with the manufacturers themselves, and Amazon has...

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UPS May Be Changing The Supply Chain World

September 25, 2014 11:09 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

UPS recently gave me a tour of the company’s 5.2 million square foot Worldport facility in Louisville, KY. This overnight shipping/sorting facility accepts, sorts, and reloads at a rate of 416,000 packages per hour (that’s 115 packages a second). With over 130 aircraft and an average of 1.6 million packages traveling through Worldport on a daily basis, this facility is ...

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America Loses Another Iconic Brand, Sort Of

September 23, 2014 12:41 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Comments

It looks like foreign investors are taking one more slice of Americana pie. News broke this week that Pabst is being sold to a Russian company, which begs the question, “Can we still claim it as our own?”The announcement came late last week that the brand established in Milwaukee, WI in 1844 was being sold to Moscow-based Oasis Beverages, a beer and...

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What Would Henry Ford Think?

September 17, 2014 11:25 am | by Maura Falk, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operations | Comments

I still vividly remember the grueling hours, or at least it felt that way at the time, in driver’s education classes.  The tests and the hours logged behind the wheel with instructors may have been an irritating barrier between myself and the glorious freedom of a license but I wouldn’t go back...

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Top 10 From IMTS 2014

September 13, 2014 11:15 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

This year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS 2014) has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show ...

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