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Seating Business To Bring 510 Jobs To Tenn.

October 22, 2013 7:48 am | by Adrian Sainz, Associated Press | News | Comments

Ergonomic office chair producer 9to5 Seating is moving its manufacturing operations from China to Union City in West Tennessee, bringing 510 jobs to a region that sorely needs them, officials said Monday.          

U.S. Manufacturing In Position To Regain Millions Of Jobs By 2020

October 10, 2013 1:53 pm | by Kristopher Settle, Energy Curtailment Specialists | Articles | Comments

Based on market trends analyzed in the report, much of the drastic job losses from “outsourcing” production to China over the last fifteen years will reverse in the near future — resulting in a lot of manufacturing jobs being ‘reshored’ back to the States.

U.S. Adults Score Below Average On Worldwide Test

October 8, 2013 8:28 am | by Kimberly Hefling, AP Education Writer | News | Comments

In math, reading and problem-solving using technology — all skills considered critical for global competitiveness and economic strength — American adults scored below the international average on a global test, according to results released Tuesday.  


Wal-Mart Supplier To Build, Ship Toys From Rogers

October 7, 2013 3:16 am | News | Comments

A company that makes battery-operated vehicles that children can ride said Monday it will spend $6.5 million to renovate a Rogers manufacturing site and hire 74 workers who will build products exclusively for Wal-Mart.Redman & Associates said production will begin in 2014.

The Truth About Reshoring, Productivity, And Today’s Manufacturer

October 4, 2013 11:50 am | by Jim Shepherd , Plex Systems | Articles | Comments

Industry insiders have been talking about reshoring for years. But progress has come only recently. The stars have aligned because at the same time that U.S. manufacturing has come back with new strengths, the business benefits of offshoring have dwindled.

Polish Chandler Picks Southwest Va. For U.S. Plant

September 20, 2013 2:52 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Polish candle-maker is opening its first U.S. production plant in Virginia's Pulaski County, bringing 170 jobs with it. Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Friday Korona S.A.'s $18.3 million investment in southwest Virginia. He said the new addition to the Pulaski County economy will be housed in an existing building and at a site that allows for future growth.

Merchant House Opening 1st U.S. Manufacturing Facility

September 18, 2013 12:02 am | News | Comments

Merchant House International Group has announced plans to open its first U.S. footwear manufacturing facility in Jefferson County.The line is being moved to East Tennessee from the company's headquarters in Tianjin, China, to meet increased demand from U.S. customers.

Business Leaders : It Makes Sense To Put Jobs In U.S.

September 17, 2013 1:31 pm | by Matt Gouras, Associated Press | Boeing | News | Comments

Business leaders from Oracle Corp., Ford Motor Co. and The Boeing Co. said Tuesday their companies have found that it makes sense to bring jobs back to the United States — even to smaller cities in places such as Montana.        


Motorola Opens First U.S.-Assembled Smartphone Plant

September 10, 2013 4:06 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Gov. Rick Perry and top executives are attending the opening of a Fort Worth plant where cellphone pioneer Motorola will produce the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S. Motorola is owned by Google, whose Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, will be on-hand Tuesday, as will Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside.

NIST Announces Award To Create New Manufacturing Support Center In Maryland

September 6, 2013 3:18 pm | by National Institute of Standards and Technology | News | Comments

The Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has awarded a cooperative agreement to Maryland MEP, Inc. (MD MEP), to run a center that will help the state’s small and medium-sized manufacturers increase profits and create and retain American jobs.

Monte Galbraith: Innovation And Modernization In Textiles

September 4, 2013 10:35 am | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts | Comments

Prepare yourself for a fascinating discussion focused on innovation within textile manufacturing. Today we are joined by Monte Galbraith, President of Denim North America, for a great episode about what manufacturers must be doing in order to remain successful in the modern age.

Pat Lee And Manufacturing Day: Celebrating American Manufacturing

September 3, 2013 11:32 am | by Manufacturing Revival Radio | Podcasts | Comments

Join the Manufacturing Revival Radio team along with Pat Lee, Director of Marketing for The Fabricators and Manufacturers Association and the Marketing Lead for Manufacturing Day, as we prepare for Manufacturing Day on October 4th, 2013.

Georgia’s Recipe For U.S. Manufacturing Recovery

August 28, 2013 4:04 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Lockheed Martin | Articles | Comments

Georgia, among other southeastern U.S. states, has been receiving a lot of attention from manufacturers lately for its business-friendly climate and proximity to big-name players in advanced manufacturing — think Tyson, Kia, Caterpillar, Lockheed Martin and more. That success, while multifaceted, can be directly traced to the state’s economic development efforts.


First U.S.-Made Smartphone Just As Cheap To Produce

August 28, 2013 12:46 pm | News | Comments

The Moto X is the first smartphone to carry the "Made in the U.S.A." designation. Labor costs are higher in the U.S. compared with Asian factories, where phones are typically made. But IHS said the Moto X is about 5 percent cheaper to make than Samsung Electronic Co.'s flagship Galaxy S4 phone.

Gary, Ind. Fights To Avoid Detroit’s Fate

August 28, 2013 9:56 am | by NBC News | Videos | Comments

The mayor of a rust belt small town is literally getting her hands dirty in hopes of revitalizing Gary, Ind. Once a major steel center, the city's population has dropped by half, and some of its neighborhoods are riddle with crime. Karen Freeman-Wilson, the city's current mayor, has a positive outlook on the future of her city.

Production Points: Energy, Confidence & Reshoring

August 23, 2013 10:18 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

Each week we’ll take a closer look at the economic news, data and trends impacting leading U.S. manufacturers and their specific industry sectors. Led by the creation of a new index, this weekly update will offer special insight on the manufacturing marketplace and the factors driving it … up and down.

A ‘Made In America’ Walmart: Truth Or Gimmick?

August 23, 2013 7:00 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Blogs | Comments

Based on many of the comments left behind on yesterday’s announcement that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. would be holding a summit on U.S. manufacturing, there’s a fair amount of skepticism over the company’s motives, particularly considering its long history of sourcing a vast majority of products from overseas.

Wal-Mart Set To Hold 'Made-In-America' Meeting

August 22, 2013 8:42 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

The event, which is expected to draw more than 1,500 people, is occurring seven months after the Bentonville, Ark.-based discounter pledged that it planned to buy $50 billion more U. S. made goods over the next decade. That's the equivalent of just more than 10 percent of what Wal-Mart will sell at retail this year.

The Million American Jobs Project

August 21, 2013 9:21 am | by Million American Jobs Project | Videos | Comments

Economics isn't all that complicated. We can create a million new American jobs this year by simply looking for the Made In America label. If each of us takes a tiny fraction of the money we're already spending and buys US-made goods, we'll create a economic tidal wave.

Dream, Build, Create

August 19, 2013 10:01 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Articles | Comments

Those looking back at the history of Blackwell Plastics and the history of the nation will see a parallel in their timelines. In the 1940s, the company was focused on producing products to support a nation in the midst of war and produced parts for the C130 military aircraft.

Maker's Row: Connecting The New Manufacturers

August 14, 2013 9:15 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

Maker's Row is directly in the middle of what could very well become a new era in American manufacturing, in which the boutique rules, and where manufacturing is within reach for essentially anyone with an entrepreneurial spirit. It could truly change the financial outlook of many smaller contract manufacturers, and enable a whole new generation of “makers.”

5 Quick Questions With South Carolina Commerce Secretary Bobby Hitt

August 12, 2013 9:25 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, ABM Manufacturing Group | Boeing | Articles | Comments

The bottom line is this: We run a customizable state. We don’t attempt to steer companies or campaign for business plans that benefit our state over the business. We look for strong companies, provide them the resources they need, and let them conduct business as they see fit. We make sure South Carolina is just right for all of our companies, and it works. In South Carolina, business is part of the culture.

Fledgling 3-D Printing Industry Finds Home In NYC

August 7, 2013 1:46 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

New York's factories used to build battleships, stitch clothing and refine sugar, but those industries have largely departed. In recent years, manufacturing has been leaving the U.S. altogether. But 3-D printing is a different kind of industry, one that doesn't require large machinery or smokestacks.

Playing ‘The Game’ Of U.S. Clothing Manufacturing

July 31, 2013 11:12 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, | Articles | Comments

The Game, founded in 1986 by Neil Stillwell, owns manufacturing operations in Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador, and sourced a great deal of product from China and Vietnam. Amid a noticeable demand for a home-grown product, they decided to reconsider the cost picture of producing goods locally.

Rob McKenna, Former Wash. AG, Joins NAJI As President

July 30, 2013 10:45 am | by NAJI | News | Comments

The National Alliance for Jobs and Innovation (NAJI) is pleased to announce that former Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna has joined NAJI's Board of Directors and will serve as NAJI President. NAJI is a non-partisan organization of over 200 members whose mission is to help stop unfair competition resulting from stolen intellectual property (IP) — whether through piracy, counterfeiting, or trade secret theft.

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