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Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed To The U.S. Next?

April 23, 2014 9:12 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A recent survey from Entrada Group titled “Where in the World?” posits a rather interesting conclusion: the U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second, and China — once the mecca of cheaply-produced goods — falling far behind. It’s a far cry from the trends over the last few decades.

How Veterans Could Help Manufacturing Fix The Skills Gap

April 9, 2014 11:19 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

When it comes to understanding the need for reliability and maintenance, it’s hard to look...

Will Textiles Manufacturing Survive In America?

April 7, 2014 2:01 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology — @IndustrialAnna | Blogs | Comments

In the latest loss for the American textiles industry, Fruit of the Loom has announced its plans...

Reshoring And Revitalizing The American Supply Chain Network

April 3, 2014 12:09 pm | by Frank Russo, Chief Executive Officer, Fabricating.com | Articles | Comments

Many past decisions to offshore manufacturing were based on price alone. Today, manufacturers...

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Mid-Sized Manufacturers Continue Growth Expectations In 2014

April 2, 2014 2:51 pm | by Prime Advantage | News | Comments

CFOs predict increasing revenues, capital investments and hiring while expressing concern about health care costs, maintaining margins and the competition for skilled labor.                       

AME Institute And Kronos Announce New Scholarship

March 27, 2014 10:19 am | by AME Institute | News | Comments

“Nearly 80 percent of manufacturers in the U.S. are facing a shortage of skilled labor. In conjunction with the AME Institute and Kronos, we are excited to offer this scholarship that supports and promotes manufacturing as a career path,” says Paul G. Kuchuris, Jr., president, The Association for Manufacturing Excellence.

Walmart And 3D Systems Work To Rebuild Mfg. Jobs

March 14, 2014 1:59 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

Two big announcements yesterday, one from Walmart and one from 3D Systems, push for the creation and reshoring of American manufacturing jobs.                               

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Ford Reshoring Truck Production From Mexico To Ohio

March 7, 2014 8:03 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

Ford Motor Co. is announcing that it will build its Ford F-650 and F-750 trucks at its assembly plant west of Cleveland.                      

Report: Offshoring And Outsourcing A Mixed Bag For U.S. Jobs, Wages

February 19, 2014 9:41 am | by UC Berkeley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) | News | Comments

Without solid numbers, many have assumed that most of the offshored jobs go to developing countries where workers are paid near-poverty wages in less than ideal working conditions. However, the researchers said public fear that offshoring to lower-cost countries is putting downward pressure on U.S. jobs may be overblown.

Reshoring: A Key Strategy Facing Present And Future Manufacturers

February 18, 2014 8:46 am | by Guy Morgan, Managing Director and Global Operations Advisory Group Lead, BBK | Articles | Comments

The failure to recognize the static nature of the business coupled with the failure of manufacturers to comply with disciplined global production systems has caused the participants to revisit the value of outsourcing and the opportunities associated with reshoring.

Why New-Shoring Is the New School Of Manufacturing Trends

February 11, 2014 12:01 pm | by Rich Thomas | Articles | Comments

You may get your product faster and cheaper, but manufacturing overseas has its pitfalls. Through a combination of one of the new manufacturing trends, “new-shoring” — creating new jobs closer to home — and smarter international manufacturing practices, small businesses are helping protect their valuable assets.

Manufacturing Decline Is A Misconception

February 10, 2014 3:14 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

There is still a far greater emotional response to a factory closing than to an engineering firm opening. It’s not that plant closings are trivial, or that engineering is somehow superior. But there may be a problem with our focus on factories in that it takes energy away from aggressively developing more advanced services.

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Recruit And Retain: Strategies To Close The Manufacturing Talent Gap

February 5, 2014 11:25 am | by Jeff Turner, President and Founder, Turner Machine Company | Articles | Comments

Technological advancements within the industry have increased need for a highly skilled workforce. In the face of this gap, industry leaders must also contend with aging workforces, negative perceptions of the market, and a lack of up-and-coming workers with the interest or training they need for available positions.

Leading The Way On A New Manufacturing Generation

February 5, 2014 9:54 am | by Timm Johnson, Vice President Sales/Marketing – Spee-Dee, and Chairman of the Education and Workforce Development Committee – PMMI | Blogs | Comments

I want to invite you to go take a walk out onto your shop floor. Notice anything else about your workforce? Some of them may be graying and soon preparing to retire. The age of your workforce represents a good opportunity for qualified younger employees to step in and launch their career. The problem you face is finding that young person.

Tooling U-SME Unveils New Resources For Training Workforces

February 4, 2014 4:13 pm | by Tooling U-SME | News | Comments

The Competency Framework, created in conjunction with a cross-section of experts from manufacturing and academia, features a comprehensive series of competency models in nine manufacturing functional areas. The new tool is made up of more than 60 defined job role competency models, each outlining knowledge and skill objectives for job roles in production, technician, lead technician/technologist and engineer levels.

Sen. Coons Praises Federal Skills-Training Review

January 30, 2014 4:59 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del) praised President Obama’s memorandum, signed Thursday at a General Electric facility in Waukesha, Wis., to the Secretaries of Labor, Commerce, and Education that instructs a comprehensive review of the nation’s job training programs.

Manufacturers Are Leaving China, But Where Are They Headed?

January 28, 2014 10:59 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation | Blogs | Comments

Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around a U.S. unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more one of nearshoring than reshoring, as many of these businesses — along with their jobs — head to Mexico.

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Manufacturing.net Rewind: Over 6,000 Now Jobless, China Seizes 60,000 Piracy Suspects

January 24, 2014 2:06 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Intel and Texas Instruments cutting a combined 6,100 jobs to Ralph Lauren's new 'Made in USA' Olympic attire. Also, Chrysler is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fiat and Chinese police seized almost 60,000 suspects involved in intellectual property infringement cases with a total estimated value of $28 billion.

Lauren Unveils 'Made In USA' Olympic Uniforms

January 23, 2014 12:35 pm | News | Comments

The most important feature, though, is its provenance — the United States. During the 2012 London games, Lauren's uniforms were a point of controversy when it was revealed that much of them were made overseas, especially in China. Ralph Lauren Corp. got the message.

Obama: 2014 Can Be Breakthrough Year For U.S.

January 20, 2014 8:31 am | News | Comments

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says the U.S. is primed to bring back jobs lost in the recession or to overseas competitors. But he says to make that happen, the U.S. must act to create good-paying jobs and increase economic opportunity.

Tracking The ‘Manufacturing Jobs For America’ Campaign

January 16, 2014 8:55 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

In late 2013, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) announced the “Manufacturing Jobs for America” initiative, which aims to “train Washington’s focus on manufacturing jobs.” The initiative, with 22 backers in the Senate, all Democrats, wants to bring new legislation to Congress and the President that will help American manufacturers grow.

Governor: Auto Production Rebounding In Michigan

January 14, 2014 10:36 am | News | Comments

The Republican governor told reporters Tuesday at the North American International Auto Show that the improving numbers reflect both a resurgent industry and improving state economy. He says auto suppliers are "reconsolidating" operations in Michigan and the automakers themselves are bringing production back from places such as Mexico.

A Look At What 2014 May Hold For Small Businesses

January 3, 2014 1:58 pm | by Joyce M. Rosenberg, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

What stresses small business owners the most? Our conversations with them and the research we come across suggest it's a lack of clarity. Well, there's no small business crystal ball — at least one we are aware of — but if one existed, here's a look at what it might reveal for 2014.

Manufacturing’s Renaissance Depends On Skilled Workers

December 23, 2013 12:17 pm | by Philip Odette, President, Global Supply Chain Solutions | Articles | Comments

Global shifts in costs, processes and consumer purchasing habits put the U.S. in a position to revitalize its manufacturing sector and enhance businesses and industry at home.  The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum.

Whirlpool Re-Shoring Some Production To Ohio Plant

December 20, 2013 10:37 am | News | Comments

Whirlpool is moving production of its commercial front-load washing machines from Mexico to Ohio. The appliance maker, whose brands include Maytag, Kenmore and its namesake, said Friday that 80 to 100 new jobs will be created in Ohio over the next three years to support the relocation.

Top 13 In 2013, #2: A Year Of Re-Shoring

December 19, 2013 1:00 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing.net has been covering the “re-shoring” trend for years, but in 2013, the trend finally hit mainstream, and became a real possibility for far more companies than previously thought possible. Re-shoring was discussed in the news and within important economic circles, and even the President mentioned it multiple times during the State of the Union and other key speeches.

Is Reshoring A Viable Option?

December 6, 2013 11:29 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

When you think of strongholds for the electronics industry, you might think of Asia.  But you could be wrong. Over the past few decades, the electronics components industry has seen countless companies pursue production overseas in an effort to reduce costs.

Chinese Furniture Maker Comes To Virginia

November 25, 2013 10:43 am | News | Comments

A Chinese furniture maker is establishing its first U.S. subsidiary in Virginia's Smyth County. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced the $2.1 million project Friday. He says the New Ridge subsidiary of Liaoyang Ningfeng Woodenware Co. is expected to create 125 jobs.

Domestic Minerals Production Could Boost Manufacturing

November 1, 2013 9:18 am | by Hal Quinn, CEO, National Mining Association (NMA) | Blogs | Comments

After decades of outsourcing, the resurgence in domestic manufacturing is now America’s favorite comeback story. Factors that once drove companies overseas — including labor and energy costs — are no longer considered insurmountable obstacles. Yet one troubling trend could signal a major complication for returning manufacturers: our nation’s increasing reliance on unstable supply chains of imported minerals.

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