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Lincoln Logs Production Returns To U.S.

September 17, 2014 4:54 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Lincoln Logs will soon be manufactured in Maine. Republican Gov. Paul LePage announced Wednesday that the iconic toy logs used to construct miniature buildings will be made at Pride Manufacturing in Burnham. The toys were previously...

"An American Renaissance": Why Your Manufacturing Company Is Worth More Than You Think

September 15, 2014 3:24 pm | by Scott Sims | News | Comments

As the economy recovers, middle market manufacturing companies are poised to make a big comeback...

Accelerating Domestic Manufacturing Recovery By Redefining Proximity

September 10, 2014 1:42 pm | by John Paul Williams | News | Comments

The U.S. manufacturing industry is back in the black. At least that’s the read out based on a...

Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, Not Just Training

September 9, 2014 2:53 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a...

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“Make It In Washington” Initiative Introduced To Strengthen Manufacturing Sector

September 8, 2014 5:40 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Small and midsized manufacturers in qualified Washington counties will have access to a new blend of support to strengthen their businesses—ranging from strategic business consulting services and operational technical assistance to funded training opportunities for employees. The services are being offered through the "Make it in Washington" partnership, a public and private collaboration...

Valeant Expands Bausch + Lomb Facility, Adds 120 New Jobs In Rochester

September 8, 2014 5:29 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. today announced that the company hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Bausch + Lomb ULTRA contact lens manufacturing lines and solar array assembly at the company's Optics Center in Rochester, NY. The ceremony recognized the expansion and installation of the new manufacturing lines, which will produce...

GM Moving Cadillac SRX Production From Mexico To TN

August 27, 2014 12:31 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The United Auto Workers union says General Motors will move production of the next-generation Cadillac SRX crossover SUV from Mexico to Spring Hill, Tennessee. It was unclear how many new jobs the move would create. The Spring Hill factory complex ...

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Re-Shoring To Kentucky In Balluff’s Global Production Plan

August 22, 2014 11:17 am | by Balluff | News | Comments

With the 2014 completion of Balluff's new state-of-the-art customer support and training center in Florence, KY on Industrial Road; space is now available for expansion in their ...           

How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 19, 2014 11:50 am | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy. Macy's book, "Factory Man," tells the story of ...

Investing In America’s Manufacturing Future

August 15, 2014 1:05 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology | Blogs | Comments

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Chris Coons’ (D-Del.) office announced a bipartisan bill designed to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing. The Manufacturing Universities Act of 2014 ...

MAPI Analysis: U.S. Losing Export Competitiveness Across The Pacific

August 12, 2014 1:56 pm | by MAPI | News | Comments

A new analysis from the MAPI Foundation, the research affiliate of the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation, finds an alarming downward trend for U.S. export growth to Asia since 2009, leaving an uncertain future for the U.S. to regain its ...

Bipartisan Bill To Designate ‘Manufacturing Universities’

August 12, 2014 1:33 pm | News | Comments

U.S. Senators Chris Coons (D-Del.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have introduced bipartisan legislation to help schools strengthen their engineering programs to meet the growing demands of 21st century manufacturing. The bill would ...   

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Right-Shoring: Where is the Optimum Place to Manufacture?

August 12, 2014 10:26 am | by Jeff Sweeney | Blogs | Comments

Do manufacturing jobs "belong" on-shore? Is off-shoring or outsourcing inherently bad? Both questions are based on an erroneous assumption that effective trade creates winners and losers. A job producing something in Vietnam does not equate to ...

GOP Blocks Tax Hike On Firms Moving Overseas

July 30, 2014 12:34 pm | by Stephen Ohlemacher, Associated Press | News | Comments

Republican senators blocked an election-year bill Wednesday to limit tax breaks for U.S. companies that move operations overseas. The bill would have prohibited companies from deducting expenses related to ...       

Why American Manufacturing Is Vital To Future Prosperity

July 22, 2014 10:16 am | by Hillary Schaub and Darrell M. West, Brookings | Blogs | Comments

Manufacturing supports the economies of local communities in ways that do not show up in national reports. It also accounts for a large percentage of R&D spending and American patents.                  

Walmart Turns Business Into A Reality Show

July 14, 2014 4:53 pm | by Chris Fox, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, Walmart announced that it had hosted a group of U.S. manufacturers to its headquarters in Bentonville, AR. It inspires me to hear that big corporations (especially those as big as Walmart), are getting on or are still on the ...   

A Close Shave With American Manufacturing

July 2, 2014 11:30 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

800razors.com founder Phil Masiello sounds a little resentful of the overriding skepticism that dominates the current political landscape, saying, “People tell us all the time that they cannot believe that we are truly a Made in America product, and they can’t believe that we’re doing it economically.”

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Reindustrialization: Reshoring Jobs To The U.S.

June 30, 2014 7:47 am | by Dan North, Chief Economist, Euler Hermes | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. has among the lowest labor costs in the industrialized world and is awash in cheap energy, making it attractive for businesses to reshore by bringing their operations back to the U.S.           

Five Manufacturing-Supporting Bills Approved By Senate

June 27, 2014 1:16 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) eliminates 15 unnecessary programs and includes five skills-training provisions from Coons’ Manufacturing Jobs for America campaign to help prepare the current workforce for the high-technology manufacturing jobs of today.

The Global Picture: Where Are The Manufacturing Jobs?

June 23, 2014 4:36 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

The global manufacturing scene has been getting a lot of press lately, as China’s production slows and the reshoring trend gives American workers hope. But with so many moving parts, what’s really happening?                  

China Expands Investment In U.S., Creates Jobs

June 23, 2014 8:17 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

After decades of siphoning jobs from the United States, China is creating some. Chinese companies invested a record $14 billion in the United States last year, according to the Rhodium Group research firm. Collectively, they employ more than 70,000 Americans, up from virtually none a decade ago.

Giti Tire To Invest $560 Million, Create 1,700 S.C. Jobs

June 16, 2014 10:57 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | News | Comments

The Singapore-based company will produce both passenger and light truck tires in the new facility, which will combine manufacturing and distribution within its estimated 1.8 million square feet.                 

Manufacturing.net Rewind: American-Made Lighting; Turning Tomatoes Into Auto Parts

June 13, 2014 2:47 pm | News | Comments

Check out some of this week's top headlines from across Manufacturing.net, from Independence LED Lighting making lights in America to Heinz and Ford teaming up to make auto parts from tomato skins.             

Why Making Lights In America ‘Is Not Just An Option’

June 11, 2014 4:57 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

After an unsuccessful tryst with China, Independence LED Lighting ended up establishing a new headquarters and manufacturing operation in Wayne, Penn., just under 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia — reshoring all that production work to the U.S.

MIT Prof.: More Costly To Offshore Than Many Companies Think

May 23, 2014 9:52 am | by MIT Sloan School of Management | News | Comments

Using a new finance tool, she shows how the mismatch costs that result from extending the supply chain may well be higher than the lower cost offered by the offshore supplier, leading to reduced profits.                 

Obama Hosting CEOs Whose Firms Are Investing In U.S.

May 20, 2014 8:28 am | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

The gathering Tuesday is designed to illustrate growing interest in the United States by firms capable of creating high-paying jobs.                     

SPI: Chicago's Plastic Bag Ban Could Kill Manufacturing Jobs

May 2, 2014 12:06 pm | News | Comments

"[The ban] will result in forcing consumers to use products such as reusable bags, which are mostly imported from China, made from foreign oil and are not recyclable," said SPI President and CEO William R. Carteaux.          

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 further than veterans — they know the stakes if a piece of equipment fails. As a former fighter jet pilot, Michael Aroney is familiar with high-risk endeavors, and what keeps them as low-risk as possible — maintenance is absolutely necessary to the equation.

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