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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.                     

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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.

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 to close its plant in Jamestown, KY. Work at the facility will be moved to Honduras in an effort to cut costs.             

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 are looking at more than just price when considering sourcing decisions and production locations. But that doesn't mean our supply chain is ready to handle all the potential new business.

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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.                               

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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