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  • Unilever to close last Md. factory (Baltimore, 137 layoffs)

    05/23/2015 8:53:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | May 12, 2015 | Natalie Sherman
    Unilever plans to move production of vegetable oil and margarine spreads from Baltimore to Kansas beginning at the end of the month, shutting its Baltimore plant and laying off 137 workers. The consumer goods giant plans to shift operations from its Southwest Avenue factory to Olathe, Kansas, where it performs similar work and embarked on a $152.5 million expansion in 2013. Unilever informed Maryland regulators of the layoffs, which begin this month, in a notice last month, as required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. The plant is slated to close by the end of September. The Southwest...
  • Scott Walker On The Dana Show 5-22-15

    05/22/2015 12:56:54 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 1 replies
    FM News Talk ^ | May 22, 2015 | Dana
    29:00 [click on picture then click on red dot to listen]
  • Maglite's Tony Maglica: Torchbearer of the American Dream

    05/20/2015 4:37:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 20, 2015 | Michelle Malkin
    n our home, we try to instill a life lesson for our kids best summed up in Latin: Nihil boni sine labore. It means, "Nothing good achieved without hard work." Few people I've met in my lifetime embody this motto better and more brilliantly than Tony Maglica, inventor of the iconic Maglite flashlight. The spry 84-year-old founder and CEO of Mag Instrument still traverses his 450,000-square-foot factory floor dozens of times over the course of his 12-hour workday, six days a week, beginning at the crack of dawn and ending after most of his 800 employees have clocked out. I...
  • Why America Was Indispensable to the Allies’ Winning World War II

    05/14/2015 2:44:35 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 25 replies
    National Review ^ | May 14, 2015 | Victor Davis Hansen
    <p>May 8 marked the end of World War II in Europe 70 years ago — a horrific conflict that is still fought over by historians.</p> <p>More than 60 million people perished — some 50 million of them in Eastern Europe, the Soviet Union, and China.</p>
  • 7,231,000 Lost Jobs: Manufacturing Employment Down 37% From 1979 Peak

    05/12/2015 11:38:31 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | May 12, 2015 | 1:23 PM EDT | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The number of jobs in manufacturing has declined by 7,231,000—or 37 percent—since employment in manufacturing peaked in the United States in 1979, according to data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The real median household income of Americans who have completed high school—but have not attained a higher degree—also peaked in the 1970s and has declined since then. In fact, according to the Census Bureau (Tables H-13 and H-14), the real median household income of an American householder who has completed four years of high school peaked in 1973 at $56,395 in constant 2013 dollars. By 2013, it was...
  • Indian Motorcycles Announces Special Scout Series, Leads with Awesome Military Scout

    05/11/2015 12:13:27 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 46 replies
    A Ride Apart via Yahoo Autos ^ | 5/11/15 | Gary Ilminen
    Indian Motorcycle has announced that through 2015, it will roll out a series of custom Indian Scouts designed and built by some of America’s top custom bike builders. Each will be designed to celebrate an important Indian Scout milestone since the model’s orignial debut in 1920. Each of the custom Scouts will be accompanied by vignettes to share the legacy of the Indian Scout. Leading off the series is the the Custom Military Scout, which will be accompanied by a vignette narrated by Mark Wahlberg. The Custom Military Scout was designed and built by custom builder Klock Werks Kustom Cycles...
  • Volvo will build its first US factory in South Carolina

    05/11/2015 8:33:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 55 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 11, 2015 | Edward Taylor
    Sweden's Volvo has chosen a site in South Carolina for a $500 million investment in its first U.S. plant, it said on Monday, targeting a bigger share of the increasingly competitive North American premium market. Work will begin this year on the factory in Berkeley County, with production due to start in 2018 and quickly reach 100,000 vehicles a year.
  • The Time to Think About the 3D-Printed Future Is Now

    05/09/2015 3:16:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Harvard Business Review ^ | May 6, 2015 | Professor Richard D’Aveni
    3-D printing, or additive manufacturing, is likely to revolutionize business in the next several years. Often dismissed in the popular mindset as a tool for home-based “makers” of toys and trinkets, the technology is gaining momentum in large-scale industry. Already it has moved well beyond prototyping and, as I explain in a new HBR article, it will increasingly be used to produce high-volume parts and products in several industries. Since I prepared that article, new developments have only strengthened the case for a 3-D future – and heightened the urgency for management teams to adjust their strategies. Impressive next-generation technologies...
  • Bernie Sanders to Obama on Nike trip: Just Don’t Do It!

    05/08/2015 2:15:43 AM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/07/15 | Dylan Stableford
    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is urging President Barack Obama to cancel a planned visit to Nike’s headquarters over the low wages it pays foreign workers. Obama is scheduled to travel to the sneaker giant’s Beaverton, Ore., headquarters Friday, part of the president’s effort to galvanize support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a multinational trade deal between the United States and 11 other countries, including Vietnam — where Nike manufactures most of its shoes. “Given Nike’s legacy of offshoring American jobs and exploiting low-wage workers, I would strongly encourage you to cancel this meeting,” Sanders wrote in a letter to Obama Wednesday....
  • Exclusive - Boeing poised to clinch $3 billion-plus Kuwait F/A-18 order

    05/06/2015 11:45:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/06/2015 | ANDREA SHALAL
    Kuwait is expected to announce in coming weeks an order for 28 Boeing Co (BA.N) F/A-18E/F Super Hornets, a $3 billion-plus (£1.96 billion plus) deal that will keep the jets' St. Louis production line running well into 2019, according to people familiar with the deal. Kuwait, which operates a fleet of earlier F/A-18 models, has signed a formal letter stating its firm plans to buy newer-model Boeing jets, according to one of the people who is familiar with the deal but was not authorized to speak publicly. A second source confirmed that the U.S. government was working with Kuwait to...
  • Kalashnikov USA Announces Move To South Florida

    05/01/2015 4:15:59 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 6 replies
    Ammoland ^ | April 30, 2015
    Tullytown, Pa. (Ammoland.com) – Kalashnikov USA , manufacturer of Kalashnikov style firearms, announces the company will relocate to South Florida. The new facility will include corporate offices and allow for manufacturing, warehousing and shipping functions to occur in one location. The move, which will take place over the next several months, will not affect the projected 2015 second quarter shipping of the new Kalashnikov USA firearms. “With the growth of the company, manufacturing requirements and the rebranding efforts now underway, Kalashnikov USA felt the time was right to move the headquarters where we can incorporate our new manufacturing capabilities,” Thomas...
  • Medical Innovation in Focus for Congress

    04/27/2015 12:59:32 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 3 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 4-27-15 | Sean Riley
    The Senate Finance Committee on Thursday, April 23, held a subcommittee hearing on the impact of the medical device tax on jobs, innovation and patients. Since January 2013, manufacturers and importers of medical devices have faced a 2.3 percent excise tax to offset costs of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). During the hearing, Health Care Subcommittee Chairman Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) shared an example from his state as to the effects of the tax: "I’ve had the opportunity to visit a lot of medical device companies, and I plead with them to show me their books. Sometimes they do, and...
  • Union cancels Boeing vote, claiming gun-toting workers told it to take off

    04/24/2015 8:26:04 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 31 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | April 24, 2015 | FoxNews.com
    The union looking to organize workers at Boeing's South Carolina plant has put its plans in a holding pattern, claiming workers are so opposed to signing up that they chased labor leaders off their porches at gunpoint. The North Charleston plant, which opened in the right-to-work state four years ago and builds fuselages for 747s and 787s, employs about 7,500 workers. The International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers had been trying to build support for a vote this week on unionizing 3,175 production and maintenance workers, but called off the vote days before it was to happen.
  • No reason for India to be poor, says PM Narendra Modi while addressing Indians in Paris

    04/11/2015 8:33:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    DNA India ^ | April 11, 2015 | Staff
    Indians did not fight in World War I because they wanted to expand their territorial boundaries, PM Modi said at the Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. On the 100th anniversary of World War 1 on Saturday, PM Modi visited the WWI Memorial at Neuve Chapelle. Later in the day, he addressed Indian diaspora at Carrousel du Louvre in Paris. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday visited the Airbus A 380 assembly line facility soon after arriving in Toulouse. Toulouse is the home as well for the Airbus’ A380 final assembly line – a massive facility that provides a space of...
  • South Carolina governor takes aim at union 'bullies' in Boeing labor vote

    04/02/2015 12:20:40 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 9 replies
    The Fiscal Times ^ | April 2, 2015 | Colleen Jenkins
    - South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley considers the bid to unionize workers at Boeing Co's North Charleston plant a threat to one of her state's corporate crown jewels, and she is turning to radio, speeches and social media to denounce the campaign. "We don't need their bully middleman tactics between our associates and their employer," she wrote on Twitter last month. It was a message in keeping with Haley's previous declarations that she is a "union buster" who wears high heels to kick out organized labor "thugs" seeking to gain a foothold in the state. The April 22 union vote...
  • 3D printing will have a bigger economic impact than the internet, technology specialist says

    04/01/2015 3:11:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    The Australian Broadcating Company's The World Today ^ | April 1, 2015 | Sarah Sedghi and Eleanor Hall
    Manufacturing industries need to embrace 3D printing, which will have an even bigger impact on economies and society than the internet, an Australian technology specialist says. Steve Sammartino is a digital entrepreneur and venture capitalist who advises business on how to adjust to disruptive technologies and the digital revolution. While most of us have heard about 3D printing and its potential to improve medical treatments and manufacturing processes, Mr Sammartino says 3D printing will be far more than a niche tool. He says it will transform everything about the way we live within a matter of years. Speaking to The...
  • This Scientist Invented a Simple Way to Mass-Produce Graphene

    03/21/2015 8:25:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | March 20, 2015 | John Wenz
    Caltech's David Boyd has done what scientists have been struggling to do for years: He says he's figured out a cheap, easy way to make graphene, and to make a lot of it. The kicker? He's using technology from the 1960s. Cooking up graphene Graphene was a wonder material first theorized in 1947 and not actually proven in the real world until years later, when scientists did it in the strangest of ways in 2003: by rubbing a pencil across some Scotch tape. Made of sheets of carbon just one atom thick, the stuff is tough, durable, and conductible. It's...
  • Answers to Some of the Biggest 3D Printing Skeptics

    03/16/2015 8:48:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    3D Print ^ | March 16, 2015 | Brian Krassenstein
    If you’ve been reading our site for longer than a couple of weeks, then you likely have figured out that we are obsessed with 3D printing. Why are we so obsessed with this technology? Because we truly believe that 3D printing will change the world we all live in, mostly for the better, and the quicker this happens the better off we all will be. Although I, personally, became aware of 3D printing about half a decade ago, I didn’t really understand it or venture to explore the various applications of the technology until only about two years ago. Soon...
  • Is America in Decline? Twenty signs America is not in decline.

    03/15/2015 9:21:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    The Nolan Chart ^ | March 6, 2015 | James Luko
    It’s very fashionable to declare or pronounce, America is in decline- using such absurd anecdotal examples as the troubles in Syria (we didn’t do anything when Assad crossed the red line), Ukraine (we did not protect the Ukraine as promised in the Budapest Memorandum) gun shootings at shopping malls, troubled economy (when was our economy not troubled?- It’s troubled according to a developed countries standards- but compared to most of the world, it’s an exemplary example of market economics- giving the highest standard of living to the most people in the world). The other standard measurement used to support the...
  • Magnetized graphene could 'change the course of human civilization'

    03/10/2015 11:57:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    EDN Network ^ | March 10, 2015 | Amy Norcross
    Graphene, a material formed of a mesh of hexagonal carbon atoms, has, according to ExtremeTech author Ryan Whitwam, “many fantastic properties that could change the course of human civilization. It’s chemically stable, highly conductive, and incredibly strong.” In a recent New Yorker article, John Colapinto stated graphene “may be the most remarkable substance ever discovered.” One thing graphene is not, however, is magnetic. Researchers at the University of California, Riverside have developed a way to induce magnetism in graphene while preserving its electronic properties. The research team did this by bringing a single sheet of graphene into close proximity to...
  • Mercedes investing $500 million for new Sprinter plant in SC

    03/10/2015 5:39:56 PM PDT · by nascarnation · 41 replies
    Autoblog ^ | 3/10/2015 | Chris Bruce
    The commercial van segment is exploding in popularity in the US right now with a vast array of recent products from multiple marques, and there's even more on the way from automakers like Hyundai. Mercedes-Benz is trying to grab a bigger share of the expanding market, too, and is launching its smaller Metris here in the fall. Now comes word that Mercedes will construct a $500-million factory in Charleston, SC, that will build the next-gen Sprinter domestically. According to Mercedes, construction of the new plant will begin in 2016, and when complete, the site will cover around 200 acres, including...
  • Elio Motors Engine Prototype-First Start-Up to Build All-New Internal-Combustion Engine in 60 Years

    03/08/2015 11:52:20 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    PR Newswire ^ | March 6, 2015
    Elio Motors today announced it has unveiled its new 0.9 liter, 3-cylinder engine prototype, completing one of the company's most important stages of development. With a goal of up to 84 MPG and a projected top speed of more than 100 MPH, the enclosed, three-wheeled Elio requires an engine with a unique blend of power and efficiency that simply doesn't exist on the market today. Elio Motors, which plans to sell the vehicle for $6,800 when it launches in the first half of 2016, turned to world-class engine developer IAV to create a new technology that would meet the company's...
  • Apple adds vehicles to its list of company activities in Swiss legal filing

    03/02/2015 4:40:31 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    9 to 5 Mac ^ | March 2, 2015 | Ben Lovejoy
    Apple has officially added vehicles to the corporate documents describing the company’s activities, at least in Switzerland. The company’s lawyers added the following paragraph, reports Swiss site ApfelBlog. Vehicles; Apparatus for locomotion by land, air or water; electronic hardware components for motor vehicles, rail cars and locomotives, ships and aircraft; Anti-theft devices; Theft alarms for vehicles; Bicycles; Golf carts; Wheelchairs; Air pumps; Motorcycles; Aftermarket parts (after-market parts) and accessories for the aforesaid goods. It’s common to add catch-all terminology to company activities, so nothing should be read into the inclusion of ships and aircraft, though we’re sure there will be...
  • Engineer Creates a Unique 3D Metal Printer for Just $2 — Prints in Gold, Platinum, Iron & More

    02/28/2015 11:00:16 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    3D Print ^ | February 26, 2015 | Eddie Krassenstein
    It isnÂ’t often that you come across new 3D printers that utilize an entirely new concept which hasnÂ’t been seen within this industry as of yet. With todayÂ’s technology, we are able to 3D print objects in hundreds of different materials, but when it comes to printing with metals, most of these machines are out our price ranges. 3D metal printers are mainly reserved for large corporations, as they come with price tags in excess of $250,000. However, as technology advances, we may one day soon be able to 3D print metal objects from the comfort of our own homes,...
  • Vermont to lose 3.4% of manufacturing jobs to EPA regs

    02/26/2015 7:11:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/26/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    When you think of the downstream effects of the Obama administration’s EPA regulations, the first states which come to mind tend to be in coal country and what remains of the rust belt and manufacturing centers. That’s all true enough, but it seems that when the government puts its thumb on the scale, the ripples can be felt in ever widening circles. This includes what might be one of the last states you’d think of… Vermont. Vermont will lose 3.4 percent of its manufacturing jobs by 2023 due to Obama administration climate regulations, according to a report on the...
  • Tech Developed to Make Graphene Batteries 10x Smaller, Same Strength

    02/22/2015 3:23:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    BusinessKorea ^ | February 2, 2015 | Jung Suk-yee
    A Korean research team has successfully developed a technology to make a sponge-like electrode material using graphene and a polymer, leading to a graphene battery. The newly-developed battery is ten times as small as existing ones, but can show the same product performance. A research team headed by Park Ho-seok, professor of the School of Chemical Engineering at Sungkyunkwan University, announced on Feb. 1 that it has succeeded in developing a very porous graphene aerogel electrode material by combining polyvinyl alcohol and graphene. Studies on developing high-capacity and rapidly-chargeable batteries are underway worldwide. It is necessary to compress devices in...
  • 3HTi Signs Deal with MarkForged to Sell the Mark One 3D Printer (Carbon fiber, Kevlar, fiberglass)

    02/22/2015 1:19:58 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    3D Printing ^ | February 19, 2015 | TE Edwards
    The Mark One 3D printer from MarkForged caused a bit of a sensation last January when it was announced that it could extrude continuous fiber using the FFF process.The Mark One 3D printer, featuring a build volume of 320 x 132 x 160 mm, can print using carbon fiber, Kevlar, fiberglass, and nylon, and in doing so creates very strong parts. Now 3 HTi has announced they’ll be offering, through a partnership with the Cambridge, MA-based MarkForged, the Mark One 3D printer as one of the first companies authorized to sell the revolutionary technology. 3 HTi is a technology solutions...
  • Why It's Time to Bring Manufacturing Back Home to the U.S.

    02/07/2015 5:52:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 168 replies
    Forbes ^ | February 2, 2015 | Thomas Roemer
    In the last decade, we’ve lost millions of manufacturing jobs to outsourcing. According to U.S. News and World Report, there are now 5.1 million fewer American manufacturing jobs than in 2001. The lure of low wages, tax advantages, and other cost savings has made for a seemingly straightforward calculus, and manufacturer after manufacturer, supported by intricate spreadsheets, has abandoned ship, until offshoring has become the emerging mantra of the new millennium. U.S. companies that still manufactured locally have slowly become outliers. Interestingly, this dynamic now seems to be changing, as we’re beginning to see more manufacturing in the U.S. Total...
  • The rise of 'Made by China' in America

    02/06/2015 10:27:06 AM PST · by Idaho_Cowboy · 20 replies
    CNBC ^ | Feburary 6, 2015 | Heesun Wee
    Later this year along the banks of the James River outside Richmond, Virginia, a paper products maker based in northeastern China will begin construction on a new U.S. manufacturing plant. The factory will churn the region's straw and corn stalks into household products including napkins, tissue and organic fertilizer—all marked "Made in the USA." Shandong Tranlin Paper's new U.S. factory is forecast to generate about 2,000 new jobs by 2020, and is the latest Chinese company to invest in American manufacturing. Chinese foreign direct investment in the U.S. totaled $12 billion last year, topping $10 billion for the second year...
  • Manufacturing drops 3.4% in December, global demand falling

    02/03/2015 2:49:53 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/03/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    For the fifth straight month, US manufacturing sector has slowed, according to the Department of Commerce. Overall orders for manufacturing dropped 3.4% in December, led by a steep drop in transportation. Even without that, orders fell by 2.3%, and the overall decline in November was adjusted downward to 1.7%: New orders for manufactured goods in December, down five consecutive months, decreased $16.4 billion or 3.4 percent to $471.5 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today. This followed a 1.7 percent November decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 2.3 percent. Shipments, down four of the last five months, decreased $5.3...
  • Manufacturing showing signs of sputtering

    02/02/2015 7:36:00 AM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Feb 2, 2015 | Steve Goldstein
    Two measures of manufacturing sentiment in January matched their worst performance in a year, a sign that sputtering overseas growth as well as the rapid deterioration in commodity prices is hurting U.S. businesses. The Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing index slowed to a reading of 53.5% from 55.1% in December, a reading that was below the MarketWatch-compiled consensus for a reading of 55%. U.S. stocks SPX, -0.41% moved lower in the immediate aftermath of the report. What has been good news for the U.S. consumer — tumbling gas prices — isn’t proving to be as good for U.S. business. That’s...
  • Middle-class manufacturing jobs? Not in California

    01/31/2015 11:39:49 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The San Diego Union-Tribune ^ | January 24, 2015 | The Editorial Board
    It took far too long, but finally many state politicians are taking seriously Census Bureau reports that California is ground zero for American poverty. Once the high cost of living is factored in, the Golden State moves from the middle of the pack nationally to a clear number one, with nearly one-quarter of residents in a constant struggle to make ends meet. But with this harsh fact finally internalized, when will state leaders come to the parallel realization that having among the nation’s highest energy and real estate costs is also bad for the economy — and for job-seekers without...
  • Deere to cut more than 900 U.S. workers as farm economy weakens

    01/23/2015 1:35:11 PM PST · by Kartographer · 7 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo Finance ^ | 1/23/15 | Tom Polansek
    Deere & Co , the world's largest maker of farm equipment, will lay off more than 900 employees at plants in Iowa and Illinois in the latest round of job cuts spurred by a decline in grain prices that is hurting demand for agricultural machinery. The layoffs, which represent about 3 percent of Deere's workforce in the United States and Canada, are set to begin early next month, the company said in a statement. The cuts at facilities that build agricultural equipment reflect Deere's attempt "to align the size of its manufacturing workforce to market demand for products," according to...
  • AK-47s: Soon to be made in USA

    01/21/2015 10:57:00 AM PST · by grundle · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | January 20, 2015 | Aaron Smith
    An American gun company has found a way around the anti-Russia sanctions that have banned imports of the Kalashnikov assault rifle: Make them here, in the U.S.A. The U.S.-made gun will have same name as the original: AK-47, arguably the most ubiquitous assault rifle in the world. The gun will be made by American company RWC, which is the official importer and distributor of Kalashnikov AK-47s. The company had to stop importing the guns after the U.S. imposed sanctions in July against Russia for its role in the Ukraine crisis. RWC said it is not permitted to have any contact...
  • You Won’t Believe Where They’re Building 80% of the World’s PC Chips

    01/19/2015 7:38:53 AM PST · by blam · 73 replies
    TMO ^ | 1-17-2015 | Money morning
    January 17, 2015 Money Morning Michael A. Robinson writes: This year, 80% of the chips for new PCs will be produced in Silicon Valley… Taiwan… China‘s Shenzhen Province… South Korea… Wrong on all counts. More and more of today’s chipmakers locating their manufacturing facilities a bit off the beaten path these days – in one of the world’s fastest-growing economies… and a nation that some of you may find controversial. But my job is to take you wherever the biggest innovations are being made so that we can find the biggest opportunities. So, today I’m going to show you exactly...
  • Manufacturing Renaissance Hype: Questionable Manufacturing Revival

    01/19/2015 2:42:11 PM PST · by CutePuppy · 17 replies
    Barron's (subscription) ^ | January 17, 2015 | Robin Goldwyn Blumenthal
    All the talk we hear about a manufacturing renaissance in the U.S. is just that — all talk. That's the conclusion of a new report from the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation entitled "The Myth of America's Manufacturing Renaissance: The Real State of U.S. Manufacturing." As Adams Nager, an economic research assistant at the foundation and a co-author of the report, says, "A lot of what's in the news [about a revival] is based on anecdotes; there's very little real data." A look at job and factory numbers between 2007 and 2013 should put to rest any thoughts about a...
  • Survey: Texas manufacturers worried about oil price slide

    12/30/2014 5:36:50 AM PST · by thackney · 26 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 29, 2014 | Joshua Cain
    Texas manufacturers are worried about what plummeting oil prices could mean for business in 2015, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ monthly survey. Dallas Fed data showed that manufacturing activity increased in December even as demand moderated. The Texas production index, a measure of the state’s manufacturing climate, increased from six to 15.6 since November, the Dallas Fed said. But other measures showed that demand slowed: the new orders index fell from 5.6 to 1.3; and the survey’s composite index, expected to come in at 9, missed the mark at 4.1. Several manufacturing executives expressed pessimism over how...
  • Why 'Buy Local' Is Really Bad Economics

    12/30/2014 5:33:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    RCM ^ | 12/30/2014 | By Brian Brenberg & Chris Horst
    Coca-Cola's "Share a Coke" campaign is the latest effort by multinational companies to de-emphasize their global reach. By replacing the logo on its cans with colloquialisms and common names in markets it serves, one of the world's most recognizable brands is hoping to look and feel a bit more "local."Coke's marketing strategy is just one example of companies responding to growing public sentiment that buying local is synonymous with doing good. Indeed, more than 150 groups representing more than 30,000 U.S. businesses are promoting ‘buy local' campaigns with slogans like "Don't Buy from Strangers, Buy from Neighbors." Of course, suspicion...
  • Researchers 3 Years Away from Commercializing Pure Graphene 3D Printers

    12/24/2014 8:36:43 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    3D Print ^ | December 24, 2014 | Heidi Milkert
    As we’ve mentioned so many times in past articles, the convergence of additive manufacturing and the ‘miracle material’ graphene could have major ramifications for dozens of industries over the next several years. Because of this, researchers and companies are spending a great deal of time and money figuring out the best methods to 3D print graphene. A group of researchers, led by Seol Seung-kwon at the Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute’s Nano Hybrid Technology Research Center (KERI) are at the forefront of this research. As we mentioned last month, KERI, a unit under the Ministry of Finance in South Korea, recently...
  • Industrial Production Explodes In November

    12/15/2014 7:08:00 AM PST · by blam · 8 replies
    BI ^ | 12-15-2014 | Myles Udland
    Myles Udland December 15, 2014Industrial production had a huge rebound in November. Industrial production rose 1.3% in November according to the latest report from the Federal Reserve. Expectations were for the report to show industrial production rose by 0.7% in November, better than October's 0.1% contraction. October's number was revised up to 0.1% from -0.1%. Capacity utilization also rose sharply, to 80.1% from a revised reading of 79.3%. Capacity utilization was expected to rise, to 79.4% from 78.9%. This rate of capacity utilization is now equal to its long-run average spanning 1972-2013 and hit its highest level since March 2008....
  • Making Innovation

    12/04/2014 11:57:16 AM PST · by DannyTN · 6 replies
    MIT Technology Review ^ | September 16, 2014 | Nanette Byrnes
    The hubs of advanced manufacturing will be the economic drivers of the future because innovation increasingly depends on production expertise. ... Second, the idea popularized in the 1990s and 2000s that innovation can happen in one place (say, Silicon Valley) while manufacturing happens in another (such as China) is not broadly sustainable. If all the manufacturing is happening in China, these networks are growing there, meaning eventually all the innovation—or at least a lot of it—will be happening there too. ... Without manufacturing, “we lose capabilities in the workforce,” says Harvard’s Shih. “It limits what you are able to do...
  • 3D printing technique will put electronics into just about everything

    11/24/2014 9:14:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    Engadget ^ | November 23, 2014 | Jon Fingas
    You can use 3D printing to make a handful of electronics, such as antennas and batteries, but LEDs and semiconductors have been elusive; you usually need some other manufacturing technique to make them work, which limits what they can do and where they'll fit. A team of Princeton researchers recently solved this problem, however. They've found a way to make quantum dot LEDs (and thus semiconductors) using only a 3D printer. The scientists choose printable electrodes, polymers and semiconductors, which are dissolved in solvents to keep them from damaging underlying layers during the printing process; after that, the team uses...
  • House to Vote This Week On Scalise Bill to Boost Manufacturing and Create More American Jobs

    11/24/2014 1:12:07 PM PST · by cp124 · 6 replies
    Energy & Commerce Commitee ^ | 11/24/2014 | cp124
    House to Vote This Week On Scalise Bill to Boost Manufacturing and Create More American Jobs November 17, 2014 “This bill takes critical steps toward cutting red tape, reviving our country’s manufacturing base, and creating tens of thousands of jobs for hard-working Americans.” – House Majority Whip Steve Scalise America is blessed with affordable energy, and this abundance has helped ignite a powerful manufacturing renaissance that is bringing much needed jobs and investment back to the United States. But in order for the U.S. to take full advantage of this opportunity, it is critical that we have the right policies...
  • First China-Made Plane Coming To U.S. Skies

    11/17/2014 7:35:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Forbes ^ | 11/17/2014 | Gordon Chang
    On Tuesday, on the eve of China’s 10th Zhuhai Airshow, California-based Coptervision placed an order for 20 Y-12s, a 19-seat turboprop. “This purchase marks the first time for any Chinese-made planes to enter an advanced market, and the U.S. has the highest standards, so this testifies to the achievement of Chinese aircraft manufacturing,” said Li Xianzhe of Avicopter to the South China Morning Post. Avicopter is the general aviation subsidiary of the Y-12’s manufacturer, Aviation Industry Corp. of China. Four of the Coptervision orders are for the Y-12F. This model, the most recent version of the Chinese workhorse, has not...
  • Robocall to 100 Ford workers: 'You're fired'

    11/04/2014 1:32:53 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 34 replies
    nwi timed ^ | 11-3-2014
    Nearly 100 workers at Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant got a robocall on Halloween telling them their services were no longer needed and they were terminated. It wasn't a trick or a morbid prank. Dozens of workers missed the call or didn't believe it, so they showed up to work Saturday anyway, according to an autoworker who wished to remain anonymous. They found their ID badges had been disabled and were told by security they had been fired. "As part of our normal business process, we've temporarily adjusted our workforce numbers at Chicago Assembly Plant," Ford Motor Co. said in a...
  • China manufacturing falls to 5-month low

    11/02/2014 3:35:08 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Nov 1, 2014
    China manufacturing falls to 5-month low By MarketWatch Published: Nov 1, 2014 9:45 a.m. ET BEIJING--A gauge of China's manufacturing activity fell to a five-month low in October, despite a series of government support measures aimed at aiding growth, suggesting that more help may be needed to boost the world's second largest economy. Analysts said factory data released Saturday kicked off the fourth quarter of the year on a surprisingly weak note and revealed particular problems among smaller and midsize companies.
  • Survey shows manufacturing moving from China to US (reshoring)

    10/23/2014 5:41:10 AM PDT · by rjbemsha · 25 replies
    AFP ^ | 23 October 2014 | Veronica Smith
    Large manufacturers are increasingly moving production back to the United States from China, according to a new report by The Boston Consulting Group. After watching the US bleed jobs for years as manufacturers offshored production to China, "now we're watching a switchback," Harold Sirkin, a co-author of the BCG research, told AFP. More than 70 percent cited better access to skilled labor as a reason to move production to the US, more than four times as many who cited it for moving production away from the US. For goods that would be sold in the US, nearly 80 percent gave...
  • Innocent Veteran Headed to Prison on Gun Manufacturing Charges?

    10/07/2014 6:26:01 PM PDT · by PatriotWriter · 15 replies
    Ben Swann ^ | 10-6-14 | Priscilla Jones
    Firearms Expert / Air Force Veteran convicted of embezzlement / manufacturing and dealing firearms speaks out days before his Oct. 9 sentencing. A Congressional inquiry has been opened into the Air Force Office of Special Investigation’s mishandling of the case. The existence of a separate Air Force Inspector General investigation into the lead investigator’s tactics was withheld from both judge and jury during the trial, a direct violation of the law. The Sig Sauer Academy director was slated to be the star witness for the defense but was prevented from testifying by a slick prosecutorial trick. EXCLUSIVE STORY: http://benswann.com/exclusive-air-force-veteran-and-firearms-expert-convicted-of-manufacturing-weapons-speaks-out/
  • Boeing VP rips Congress over Ex-Im Bank

    10/01/2014 4:06:18 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    The Hill ^ | October 1, 2014 | Kevin Cirilli
    A top Boeing official criticized Congress on Tuesday for failing to pass a long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank. He also argued that an extension of the Bank’s charter until next summer leaves supporters in a worse position than they were in before. “Mostly far-right political consultants, think tanks and congressmen banded together in a fit of ideological road rage to kill the bank,” Boeing senior vice president Timothy Keating said in prepared remarks at an aerospace conference in Everett, Wash. “The temporary extension recently enacted in many respects leaves us worse off than before,” Keating continued. “The extension is...
  • Will Nissan Abandon Its $1.4B Stimulus-Backed Battery Factory?

    09/30/2014 11:23:10 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    NLPC ^ | September 30, 2014 | Paul Chesser
    Reuters sources inside Nissan are saying the production of batteries inTennessee for the all-electric Leaf, which stimulus-subsidizing U.S. taxpayers backed with a $1.4 billion loan, could be eliminated. According to the report, at minimum there is sharp debate over whether the company will continue to manufacture electric vehicle batteries in-house or contract with an outside supplier. Nissan partner Renault, which has 43.4 percent shareholder ownership in the joint company, is said to be pushing for outsourcing battery production – possibly to LG Chem. None who revealed the information were identified for the Reuters story. “We set out to be...