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Sen. Coons Praises Federal Skills-Training Review

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

Wal-Mart Announces Plans For Georgia Shoe Plant

November 1, 2013 8:11 am | News | Comments

Executives with Wal-Mart Stores Inc. say they plan to move production of some shoes from overseas to a manufacturing plant in south Georgia, which they say will create 250 jobs in the state. The retailer on Thursday announced plans for the facility in Hazelhurst, a Jeff Davis County town about 100 miles west of Savannah.

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.

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