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  • Carrier to relocate Indianapolis manufacturing operations to Mexico, 1,400 jobs affected

    02/11/2016 10:13:47 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 57 replies
    WTHR ^ | 2-11-2016 | Mary Milz
    This is a major economic blow to Indianapolis' struggling manufacturing sector. One of the City's largest employers, Carrier, announced it's closing its manufacturing facility on Indianapolis' west side, eliminating 1,400 jobs. The layoffs will begin in 2017 and be spread over three years according to the Indianapolis Star. Carrier's president of HVAC systems, Chris Nelson, says the move is part of the "continued migration of the HVAC industry to Mexico, including our suppliers and competitors, and ongoing cost and pricing pressures driven, in part, by new regulatory requirements." Let me guess that more than a few of these workers at...
  • WSJ: Ford To Double Mexican Plant Production

    02/10/2016 6:17:31 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 68 replies
    newsmax.com ^ | February 7
    Published reports are saying that Ford plans to build a new auto plant in Mexico, with plans to more than double production there Ford plans to build a new assembly complex in San Luis Potosi and expand an existing facility near Mexico City, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Journal says the Dearborn, Michigan, carmaker will add 500,000 units of annual capacity there, beginning in 2018. That would be more than double last year's production in that country. The newspaper cites unnamed people briefed on the plan. Costs for the project likely will exceed $1 billion, people familiar with...
  • SHOCK: Ford Makes Massive Announcement - Trump Was Right About Everything

    02/10/2016 5:42:19 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 132 replies
    One of the cornerstones of Donald Trump's campaign has been the fact that millions of jobs have been lost to overseas industries because it is often too expensive to do business in America anymore. Many liberals have criticized Trump for these statements, but the Wall Street Journal recently reported that Ford's latest production move showed that Trump was exactly right. Ford planned to build a new assembly plant in Mexico in order to produce 500,000 more vehicles in Mexico than it currently does. Last year Ford's Mexican output was 433,000 vehicles, which translates to about 14 percent of its total...
  • Carrier moving operations to Mexico

    02/10/2016 1:55:34 PM PST · by John W · 96 replies
    WISHTV.COM ^ | February 10, 2016 | Staff Reports
    INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - An Indianapolis manufacturing facility is moving operations to Mexico, impacting 1,400 jobs. Carrier, currently located on West Morris Street, will be moving operations to Monterrey, Mexico beginning in 2017. The move is expected to be complete in 2019. A release by the company said there would be no immediate impact on jobs. The company says the proposal to move is subject to "discussions with local union representatives." "This decision is difficult and we recognize the impact on employees, their families and the community. We are committed to ensuring that our employees are treated respectfully and to working...
  • Dwindling Jobs... And Attacking the Producers

    02/07/2016 8:54:16 PM PST · by jfd1776 · 8 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | February 6, 2016 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    How would you react to the following news stories? Former Shoppers Fined $5,000 for No Longer Frequenting Nearby Mall Residents of Anytown, USA were surprised to receive invoices in the mail from their local county government Friday. The county identified people who used to shop in the local mall but, due to reports of muggings, rapes, and vehicle theft at the mall, switched to shopping at other, safer malls, or just doing it online. The thousand dollar a year fine was based on the estimated amount of revenue the mall says it lost due to their departure. Professional economists, when...
  • Now Among Largest Firearms Investors, Soros in Gun Control Scheme to Dump Stocks

    02/01/2016 8:10:18 AM PST · by Perseverando · 22 replies
    SHTFplan.com ^ | January 29, 2016 | Mac Slavo
    Do you see the puppet strings? The plot to disarm Americans and suspend the 2nd Amendment is working with furious pace. But it is anything but head on. The 2nd Amendment makes gun ownership an inalienable right and guarantees armed and formidable populace. The NRA and other lobbies have gun rights firmly entrenched in the Republican party. So the other side works the back door. Infiltration, sabotage and other dirty tricks. Is that what is happening? By all appearances, Soros, the elite wolf in sheep's clothing has been investing in firearms companies not to profit from them, but to destroy...
  • Donal Trump says he will force Apple to build its "computers and things" in the United States

    01/18/2016 5:29:49 PM PST · by Tzfat · 124 replies
    9 To 5 Mac ^ | 1/18/2016 | Chance Miller
    Trump told the audience at Liberty University that to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States he would make Apple "build their damn computers and things in this country." While this isn't a bad idea, or even the first time it has been suggested, Trump didn't offer any specifics on how he would force Apple to abruptly change its manufacturing. "Please, we have such amazing people in this country: smart, sharp, energetic, they're amazing," Trump said. 'I was saying make America great again, and I actually think we can say now, and I really believe this, we're gonna get...
  • Wisconsin lawn mower factory says it will FIRE all 53 of its Muslim employees

    01/17/2016 9:10:59 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 42 replies
    Dozens of Muslims are outraged after a Wisconsin power plant threatened to fire them if they took two five minute breaks daily in order to pray. The policy change affects 53 workers. Ten of those employees have indicated they wish to stay in their current positions under the new policy but the rest have either chosen to leave or are planning to. The Brillion-based company changed the rule on Thursday. Until then, Muslim employees were allowed to leave the production line twice a shift to pray. But Ariens is now asking employees to pray during scheduled breaks. A company representative...
  • Tesla Gigafactory isn't yet living up to Nevada's expectations

    01/18/2016 10:14:56 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    cnet ^ | 01/18/2016 | Andrew Krok
    Tesla made a raft of promises when it accepted a hefty tax-incentive package to build its Gigafactory battery plant just outside Reno, Nevada. While the building itself is coming together ahead of schedule, one Reno newspaper discovered that other parts of the deal have yet to live up to the government's expectations. The Reno Gazette-Journal crunched some numbers, and it discovered that several projections are missing the mark. The Gigafactory, built in partnership with Panasonic, was supposed to produce 700 permanent jobs by the end of 2015, for example. In reality, fewer than 100 have been hired. The company's payroll...
  • The new theme in the anti-gun game is, "Sanders Panders"

    01/17/2016 11:09:35 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | January 17, 2016 | JAZZ SHAW
    Hillary Clinton and her team are definitely hearing the shuffling footsteps of Bernie Sanders creeping up behind them. The former Secretary of State and her surrogates have been firing back at the Vermont Senator in a serious fashion this week, seeking a way to blunt his recent gains in the polls. The problem for Bernie seems to be that he’s not used to being attacked and has little experience in how to respond. The gut level impulses of either Sanders or somebody on his staff are showing now that the pressure is on because he’s backing off on some of...
  • New Fed Figures Show Manufacturing Nearing a Recession and Automotive in One

    01/16/2016 12:53:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Equities ^ | January 18, 2016 | Alan Tonelson
    Despite recent gloomy private sector and regional Fed surveys, the Federal Reserve's new December industrial production figures revealed that real manufacturing output dropped a bare 0.05 percent on month, and revisions barely worsened the picture. Yet the weak year-end number left such output down on net for five months - one short of a technical recession. And the automotive sector, which has led industry's post-Great Recession comeback, sank into technical recession. Full-year 2015 manufacturing after-inflation growth of 0.74 percent was the lowest such figure since the last recession began, and less than 20 percent as strong as 2014's 4.16 percent...
  • Boston lands new GE headquarters

    01/13/2016 9:47:53 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 25 replies
    boston globe ^ | 13 Jan 2016 | Jon Chesto
    The company began looking to leave Fairfield, Conn., last year after state legislators threatened to raise corporate taxes. GE’s quest for a new global headquarters can be traced back to a decision by Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy and Connecticut lawmakers last spring to significantly change business tax policies, to help fill a big state budget gap. The package, among other things, altered how multistate companies collect corporate taxes and how losses can be used to reduce tax bills over a period of years.
  • Donald Trump, Made in China

    01/11/2016 1:11:27 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 74 replies
    Slate ^ | January 8, 2016 | Reihan Salam
    ".....[Donald Trump's] detractors will no doubt see his China-bashing as another example of Trumpian buffoonery. Most students of U.S.-China trade will tell you that both countries benefit from the flow of goods and services across the Pacific, and that although China is guilty of imposing nontariff barriers, subsidizing its exporters in violation of global trade rules, and failing to respect the intellectual property rights of U.S. entities, the pros for American investors, workers, and consumers massively outweigh the cons. There is a problem with that view, however....[snip]......Of all the wackadoo ironies of Trump's emergence as tribune of America's white working...
  • DISTURBING fact about government workers shows Trump was right on this point all along…

    01/09/2016 7:23:10 PM PST · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 154 replies
    Allen West ^ | 1/9/2016 | The Analytical Economist
    It's a good thing Trump wants to rebuild our manufacturing base, because it truly has taken a hit. We've turned from a nation of builders to burger flippers. To put in perspective just how bad things have gotten - there were more Americans employed in manufacturing in the months leading up to Pearl Harbor than there are today, despite the fact that the population then was a fraction of what it is today. In that time, there was 1 person employed in manufacturing for every 10.6 people in the overall population compared to 1 person employed in government for every...
  • Automakers Rev Up Solid December Sales Gains/CES 2016: Car news electrifies, connects, drives show

    01/06/2016 3:41:42 AM PST · by expat_panama · 8 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 01/05/2016 | CIARAN MCEVOY, DONNA HOWELL
    Automakers finished 2015 on a high note, with strong December sales helping to set a number of new sales records, as General Motors (NYSE:GM), Ford Motor (NYSE:F), Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM) and Fiat Chrysler (NYSE:FCAU) all reported gains. U.S. auto sales eased to an annualized pace of 17.34 million, Autodata said, down from 18.2 million in November and below forecasts for 18.1 million. For the entirety of 2015, U.S. sales hit a record 17.47 million vehicles, breaking 2000's mark of 17.41 million, according to Autodata, as U.S. consumers were buoyed by low gasoline prices, moderate economic growth and easier credit. Ford...
  • Party Appears Over For Manufacturers As Outlook Is Bleak

    01/05/2016 5:18:07 AM PST · by expat_panama · 9 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 01/04/2016 | MARILYN ALVA
    Manufacturing activity is falling at its fastest pace in more than six years, according to fresh data out Monday. And those woes are probably going to continue, industry officials and experts predict, after years of prosperity. "(Production activity) is not really growing, and if it is growing it is not growing by much," said Chad Moutray, chief economist at the National Association of Manufacturers, or NAM, the nation's largest advocacy group representing factory owners. The Institute for Supply Management said Monday that its December manufacturing activity index was the weakest since June 2009, when the recession ended. The 48.2 reading...
  • U.S. ISM manufacturing PMI falls to lowest since 2009 in December

    01/04/2016 8:55:17 AM PST · by tcrlaf · 7 replies
    Investing.com ^ | 1-4-2015 | Investing.com
    Manufacturing activity in the U.S. contracted at the fastest pace since July 2009 in December, dampening optimism over the strength of the economy and adding to uncertainty as to how fast the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next year, industry data showed on Monday. In a report, the Institute for Supply Management said its index of purchasing managers fell to 48.2 last month from a reading of 48.6 in November. Analysts had expected the manufacturing PMI to inch up to 49.0 in December. The New Orders Index registered 49.2, an increase of 0.3 points from the reading of 48.9...
  • Apple CEO Says Chinese Have More Skill Making Their Products Than Americans

    12/31/2015 8:11:22 AM PST · by Lorianne · 152 replies
    China Money Report ^ | 22 December 2015 | D. Collins
    Tim Cook has come out about a real truth of the decline in manufacturing. What he omitted however, is that no one will manufacture in the U.S. unless they absolutely have to due to a 38% corporate tax rate. On 60 Minutes Sunday, Charlie Rose asked Apple CEO Tim Cook about his company’s manufacturing practices in China. Cook said the decision to use Chinese manufacturing has nothing to do with American workers demanding higher wages. He said it was because the Chinese have more skill. “Let me be clear,” Cook told Rose, “China put an enormous focus on manufacturing in...
  • Stag Arms Pleads Guilty To Violating Federal Firearms Laws ...

    12/23/2015 1:09:05 PM PST · by Daffynition · 31 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | Dec. 23, 2015 | David Owens
    HARTFORD ~ New Britain-based Stag Arms LLC pleaded guilty Tuesday to violating federal firearms laws and as part of a plea agreement president and owner Mark Malkowski agreed to sell the company and have no further ownership or management role in a gun manufacturer. Malkowski pleaded guilty on behalf of the company in federal court in Hartford to a felony count of possession of machine guns not registered to the company.
  • Manufacturing in New York shrinks for 5th straight month

    12/15/2015 6:30:42 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 15, 2015 8:52 AM EST | Christopher S. Rugaber
    Factory activity in New York shrank for the fifth straight month in December, forcing significant job cuts. The New York Federal Reserve's Empire State manufacturing index, released Tuesday, did improve but stayed in negative territory. It moved up to minus 4.6, from minus 10.7. Any figure below zero indicates contraction. ...
  • How The Tesla Is Made (video of the Fremont factory)

    12/04/2015 1:41:16 PM PST · by aquila48 · 12 replies
    Wired (YouTube) | Jul 16, 2013 | Wired
    If founder Elon Musk is right, Tesla Motors just might reinvent the American auto industry—with specialized robots building slick electric cars in a factory straight from the future. That's where the battery-powered Model S is born. (See video.)
  • Since January The US Has Added 294,000 Waiters & Bartenders, And Zero Manufacturing Workers

    12/04/2015 9:51:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 12/04/2015 | Tyler Durden
    Here is one of the reasons why the Fed is confident the US economy is strong and resilient enough to sustain a rate hike: since January, the US has added 293,900 waiter & bartender positions and zero manufacturing workers.Unless one is an economist, no further commentary is needed. If one is an economist, we eagerly look forward to an extended discussion why one should focus only on the blue line and ignore the red one, debate the adverse impacts of the weather (both hot and cold) on manufacturing, listen to how the collapse of high-paying jobs is actually a...
  • Manufacturing Slumps, But Economy Still Gears Up

    12/02/2015 4:12:39 AM PST · by expat_panama · 18 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 12/01/2015 | CIARAN MCEVOY
    Manufacturing continues to be the weak spot in the U.S. economy, as the sector unexpectedly contracted during November when a key index fell to its lowest level since June 2009. Despite encouraging signs from General Motors (NYSE:GM) and other domestic automakers, the Institute for Supply Management said its U.S. manufacturing activity index fell to 48.6 last month, nearly 2 points below the consensus estimate and more than 1 point below the consensus range. Any ISM index reading below 50 indicates contraction. New orders fell 4 points to 48.9, their lowest reading since August 2012. Backlog orders had their 6th consecutive...
  • Global Trade Just Snapped: Container Freight Rates Plummet 70% In 3 Weeks

    11/21/2015 2:53:53 PM PST · by Lorianne · 51 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 21 November 2014 | Tyler Durden
    This market is looking like a disaster and the rates are a reflection of that," warns one of the world's largest shipbrokers, but while The Baltic Dry Freight Index gets all the headlines - having collapsed to all-time record lows this week - it is the spefics below that headline that are truly terrifying. At a time of typical seasonal strength for freight and thus global trade around the world, Reuters reports that spot rates for transporting containers from Asia to Northern Europe have crashed a stunning 70% in the last 3 weeks alone.
  • Aramco, Hyundai Heavy eye new ventures

    11/12/2015 11:15:57 AM PST · by thackney · 1 replies
    GDN Online ^ | 11/12/2015 | TradeArabia News Service
    State-owned oil giant Saudi Aramco and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group have signed a general memorandum of understanding (MoU) to jointly collaborate on business development opportunities in Saudi Arabia. The signing ceremony was presided by Amin H Nasser, president and CEO of Saudi Aramco and Ki-sun Chung, senior vice president of HHI Corporate Planning. Jeong-Hwan Kim, chief operating officer (COO) of HHI Shipbuilding; and Cheul-ho Park, chief operating officer (COO) of HHI IP&E (Industrial Plant and Engineering) also attended the event. The MoU lays out a comprehensive, multi-faceted business cooperation framework in areas such as engineering, procurement and construction (EPC),...
  • Kraft Heinz To Close Seven Plants, Cut 2,600 Jobs

    11/05/2015 8:24:15 PM PST · by robowombat · 24 replies
    Manufacturing News ^ | Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:37am | Andy Szal,
    Kraft Heinz To Close Seven Plants, Cut 2,600 Jobs Thu, 11/05/2015 - 9:37am Andy Szal, Digital Reporter Kraft Heinz on Wednesday announced that it will close seven facilities and cut 2,600 jobs as part of its continued efforts to reduce costs. The plan includes shuttering the nearly century-old Oscar Mayer plant in Madison, Wisconsin, which houses the company's U.S. meats business. The meats operation will instead move to Chicago along with about 250 of the plant's workforce of more than 1,000. Kraft Heinz will move its Illinois office from the former Kraft headquarters in suburban Northfield to downtown Chicago early...
  • Manufacturing Slides Further But May Turn A Corner

    11/03/2015 5:16:04 AM PST · by expat_panama · 16 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | 11/02/2015 | ANDREA RIQUIER
    Manufacturing eased slightly in October, an industry report showed Monday, but its details suggested that the factory sector may be stabilizing in the face of strong headwinds. The Institute for Supply Management's closely watched Purchasing Managers' Index fell 0.1 point to 50.1, just a tick above the neutral 50 line that separates expansion from contraction. Economists expected a 50 reading. Details of the ISM report were mixed: The production gauge rose 1.1 percentage points to 52.9. New orders, which foreshadow future activity, rose 2.8 points to 52.9. Both were below post-recession averages. Still, after months of mostly declining activity, they...
  • Ford Motor, is going to cancel plan to go to Mexico and stay in U.S.....Trump accomplishment?

    10/25/2015 8:29:35 PM PDT · by entropy12 · 115 replies
    Twitter ^ | 1:36 PM - 25 Oct 2015 | Donald Trump
    Word is that Ford Motor, because of my constant badgering at packed events, is going to cancel their deal to go to Mexico and stay in U.S.
  • Tesla Begins Work on the Interior of Its Gigafactory

    10/08/2015 10:35:46 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    greentechmedia.com ^ | October 08, 2015 | Stephen Lacey
    Reno Gazette-Journal:Tesla Now Working on Gigafactory Interior Plus Data Center For the past year, the exterior facade of Tesla Motors' Gigafactory 1 received most of the attention online, garnering plenty of images and video as it steadily rose in the high desert just east of Reno. Now the facility's innards will start to get some play, too. Work on the $5 billion battery plant's interior architecture is now underway in full force, as well as a data center to be located on the Gigafactory site.
  • Why U.S. Economy Shrugs Off Stalling Manufacturing

    10/02/2015 12:02:44 PM PDT · by expat_panama · 55 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 10/01/2015 | JED GRAHAM
    The manufacturing sector continued to cool in September, registering the slowest growth in more than two years as economic weakness around the globe and a stronger dollar hit exports. But the lack of momentum, outside the auto sector, hasn't kept the rest of the economy from chugging along. Autos zipped out of showrooms last month at the fastest rate since July 2005. The Institute for Supply Management's U.S. factory gauge slid 0.9 point last month to 50.2 just above the 50 neutral level. Exports were the weakest link in a sluggish report, contracting at a rate that matches the...
  • Midwest Flop: Chicago PMI Signals Manufacturing Contraction

    09/30/2015 7:28:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/30/2015 | Akin Oyedele
    Manufacturing activity in the Midwest is back in contraction. The Chicago purchasing manager's index (PMI) for September was reported at 48.7 by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). This was the fifth time this year that the index fell below 50, the border between expansion and contraction. Economists had estimated a print of 53.0, down from 54.4 in August. According to the report, production fell to the lowest level since July 2009, following "downgrades to global economic growth and intense volatility in financial markets." Overall US manufacturing growth has slowed this year. Other major regional surveys, including those from the...
  • 21,995,000 to 12,329,000: Government Employees Outnumber Manufacturing Employees 1.8 to 1

    09/08/2015 11:33:46 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 87 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | September 8, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Those employed by government in the United States in August of this year outnumbered those employed in the manufacturing sector by almost 1.8 to 1, according to data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were 21,995,000 employed by federal, state and local government in the United States in August, according to BLS. By contrast, there were only 12,329,000 employed in the manufacturing sector. The BLS has published seasonally-adjusted month-by-month employment numbers for both government and manufacturing going back to 1939. In the first 50 years of the 76-year span since then, manufacturing out-employed government. But in August 1989,...
  • Boeing opens commercial spaceship plant in Florida

    09/04/2015 2:41:15 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 5 replies
    reuters.com ^ | Sat Sep 5, 2015 1:20am IST | Irene Klotz
    Boeing's newly named CST-100 Starliner spaceships will be prepared for flight in a processing hangar once used by NASA's space shuttles. The capsule's debut test flight is targeted for 2017. Starliners will fly from nearby Cape Canaveral Air Force Station aboard Atlas 5 rockets, which are built and flown by United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing. NASA is paying up to $4.2 billion for a Starliner test flight and up to six missions to the station. The U.S. space agency has a similar contract with privately owned SpaceX, which intends to accomplish the work for $2.6...
  • Report: General Electric wont move to Texas because Jeb Hensarling doesnt support Ex-Im

    08/30/2015 3:07:44 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Hotair.com ^ | August 30, 2015 | TAYLOR MILLARD
    General Electric is apparently not going to move to Texas because Congressman Jeb Hensarling doesn’t support the Export-Import Bank. Bloomberg cited the ever nebulous “people familiar with the matter” in their report on Friday. GE told Dallas business leaders in recent days it would look elsewhere for alternatives to its Connecticut home, said the people, who asked not to be identified because details aren’t public. They said GE cited some Texas lawmakers’ opposition to the U.S. Export-Import Bank, an important source of financing for some overseas sales. You can probably include Senators Ted Cruz and John Cornyn (allegedly), plus Congressmen...
  • [from August 2011] The China Threat That Isn't (Why China is NOT a threat to our manufacturing indus

    08/28/2015 5:32:52 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Scott Lincicome ^ | 8/10/2011
    <p>There are few things these days on which both Main Street and Capitol Hill agree, but one of them is undoubtedly the idea that a flood of artificially cheap Chinese imports is bludgeoning the American economy and propellingChina to the top of the global food chain, andthat our elected officials must "get tough" on the Great Red Menace in order to stop the bleeding.</p>
  • China and the Decline in Quality (and Soon in Profits)

    08/18/2015 8:20:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 08/18/2015 | Charles Hugh Smith
    Automation poses an insurmountable obstacle to China's full employment and spells the end of Corporate America's vast skimming operation based on low wages and zero-regulatory costs in China.The general decline in the quality of tools and consumer goods predates the emergence of China as the workshop of the world, but the decline has gathered momentum with China's dominance of manufacturing. Young people have little to no experience of tools and consumer goods that function for decades; today, everything that isn't disposable is expected to fail/break within a few years. Whatever doesn't break must be upgraded or tossed as uncool. This...
  • 8 reasons manufacturing is great for America

    08/11/2015 9:16:38 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 38 replies
    Inc magazine online ^ | 8/10/2015 | Drew Greenblatt
    In a scathing rebuke of the importance of U.S. manufacturing in The New Yorker ("What's So Great About Manufacturing?") James Ledbetter attempted to dismantle the benefits of manufacturing in our transformational age. Ledbetter, who is editor of Inc. Magazine and this website, is wrong. Here are 8 reasons U.S. manufacturing is great for America and critically important to focus policy solutions to help this job machine thrive. 1. Manufacturing creates strong middle-class jobs. 2. Manufacturing jobs create dignity. 3. Manufacturing creates wealth for a nation. 4. Manufacturing is critical during wars. 5. Factories are safer than ever before. 6. U.S....
  • Chinese Textile Mills Are Now Hiring in Places Where Cotton Was King [China Outsourcing to the US !]

    08/09/2015 4:47:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 08/03/2015 | By HIROKO TABUCHI
    <p>INDIAN LAND, S.C. Twenty-five years ago, Ni Meijuan earned $19 a month working the spinning machines at a vast textile factory in the Chinese city of Hangzhou.</p> <p>Now at the Keer Groups cotton mill in South Carolina, which opened in March, Ms. Ni is training American workers to do the job she used to do.</p>
  • Plus-Mfgs +1000k Multi Material Metal 3D Printer Shows Its Power

    08/08/2015 12:55:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    3D Print ^ | August 6, 2015 | Eddie Krassenstein
    It’s been close to six months since we initially covered the Covington, Kentucky-based company Plus-Mfg and their unique take on metal 3D printing. Whereas other companies use lasers to sinter or melt metal powders one layer at a time, Plus-Mfg takes a different approach, combining old technology with new. Unveiling their +1000k 3D printer in March of this year at Automate 2015 in Chicago, Plus-Mfg impressed many within the crowd. The +1000k uses inert gas shielded arc welding technology to rapidly print using multiple metal materials, one layer at a time. When compared to other technologies such as direct metal...
  • Why its now cheaper to produce some goods in the South than in China

    08/04/2015 10:33:36 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/4/2015 | Ana Swanson
    Before World War II, red-brick textile mills that processed cotton and wove it into cloth were all over the southern United States, dotting the Carolinas, Georgia and Alabama. But in the last 50 years, automation, free trade agreements and competition from countries like China whittled down the historic industry until it was almost gone. Now some textile jobs are coming back, but on much different terms. As the New York Times reported Sunday, some Chinese manufacturers are setting up shop in the United States, after finding it cheaper to produce their goods in the American South than in China.
  • Manufacturing Is Mired In Low Gear, Seeking Momentum

    08/04/2015 4:22:30 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 71 replies
    Investors Busniness Daily ^ | 08/03/2015 | ANDREA RIQUIER
    Manufacturing growth cooled in July, an industry report showed Monday, as factories, like the broader economy, struggle to gain momentum amid an array of headwinds. The purchasing managers' index from the Institute for Supply Management fell 0.8 point to 52.7, below economists' forecasts for a 0.2 point uptick. The details were mixed. The new orders index rose 0.5 point to 56, suggesting more robust growth ahead. The production gauge rose to a 3-month high of 56, but the order backlog reading sank further into contraction at 42.5, its lowest since 2012. The employment measure fell 2.8 points to 52.7. Readings...
  • Chinese Company Replaces Humans With Robots, Production Skyrockets, Mistakes Disappear

    08/01/2015 8:00:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 08/01/2015 | Tyler Durden
    "I believe that anyone who has a job and works full time, they should be able to pay the things that sustain life: food, shelter and clothing. I can't even do that."That rather depressing quote is from 61-year old Rebecca Cornick. Shes a grandmother and a 9-year Wendys veteran who spoke to CBS News. Rebecca makes $9 an hour and her plight is representative of fast food workers across the country who are campaigning for higher pay.The fast food worker pay debate is part of a larger discussion as "states and cities across the country [wrestle] with the idea of...
  • China sets up first unmanned factory

    07/30/2015 3:13:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    The Business Standard ^ | July 27, 2015 | Press Trust of India
    A Chinese firm specialising in precision technology has set up the first unmanned factory at Dongguan city where all the processes are operated by robots, regarded as futuristic solution to tide over China's looming demographic crisis and dependence on manual workers. In the plant, all the processes are operated by computer- controlled robots, computer numerical control machining equipment, unmanned transport trucks and automated warehouse equipment. The technical staff just sits at the computer and monitors through a central control system. At the workshop of Changying Precision Technology Company in Dongguan, known as the "world factory", which manufactures cell phone modules,...
  • Your Green Car Could Cause Black Rain in China

    07/28/2015 9:27:51 PM PDT · by Up Yours Marxists · 8 replies
    National Observer ^ | July 28, 2015 15:12 GMT | Charles Mandel
    You may have a "green" car, but it could be causing black rain in China from the graphite mined and used in its lithium ion battery. Two academics at Toronto's York University, Carla Lipsig-Mumme and Caleb Goods, applaud many of the new advances in green technology in recent years, but at the same time warn that those very technologies may come with a host of environmental issues. The pair issue a caution about superindustrialization in which the answer to climate change is a matter of technological adjustment. In an article recently published in The Conversation and picked up by the...
  • Experts address promises and problems of 3D printing large structures

    07/26/2015 4:31:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Vanderbilt University Research ^ | July 24, 2015 | David Salisbury
    Experts gather at Vanderbilt to discuss the future of 3D printing with concrete.Every month or so an article comes out reporting that some new object has been made using 3D printing: Everything from jewelry to prosthetic devices to electronic circuit boards to assault rifles to automobiles has now been created in this fashion. The prospect that this revolutionary manufacturing method will have a major impact on how we construct the various concrete structures that dominate the modern built environment brought almost three dozen experts to the Vanderbilt University campus July 16-17 to identify the areas of research required to realize...
  • Vice President Joe Biden to Visit Bay Area Manufacturing Plant

    07/23/2015 11:41:53 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday will visit a Bay Area company developing inexpensive, portable diagnostic blood tests for a tour of its Newark manufacturing facility and a roundtable discussion on health care. Biden at about 1 p.m. Thursday will visit the Newark manufacturing plant for Theranos, a Palo Alto-based company aiming to make inexpensive blood tests available for use outside a laboratory setting, or even at home, according to White House officials. Theranos was granted a waiver by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration just last week for its blood test for herpes simplex 1 virus test. The...
  • Report: Mitsubishi Motors to end US production

    07/23/2015 11:48:50 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 24, 2015 2:44 AM EDT
    Japanese media reports say automaker Mitsubishi Motors has decided to end production in the U.S. to focus on Asian markets. [] The company sold only 82,000 vehicles in the United States last year, less than one percent of the total market.
  • Confederate flag demand has Alabama company 'absolutely swamped'

    07/18/2015 7:54:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 52 replies
    al.com ^ | Paul Gattis
    I've been called a racist. I've been called a bigot. I've been called a non-Christian. When the controversy over the Confederate flag erupted last month, the owner of a Huntsville flag company said her business would make the flags even if no one else would. And that's apparently what's happened. "I'm not aware of another company in the United States making these flags," said Belinda Kennedy, owner of Alabama Flag & Banner, in an interview Thursday with AL.com. So now you know why the website for the Governors Drive business near downtown Huntsville cautions visitors that all Confederate flag orders...
  • Some Ford lines may be heading to Mexico

    07/11/2015 2:07:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 11, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    We havent checked in on the state of affairs in the auto industry recently, but it may soon be back in the news in a big way. Ford is making noises about the fact that they are losing money on the smaller, high efficiency cars which they must produce to stay on top of the eco-minded consumer market, such as the Ford Focus. So whats a business to do? One suggestion being floated is that they just give up on turning a profit in Detroit and head down south of the border. Ford Motor Co.s decision to end production of...
  • Ford to move compact car production overseas (Mexico likely)

    07/10/2015 12:50:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    SKY News ^ | 07/10/2015
    Ford plans to move production of two of its smallest cars from its assembly plant in Michigan to a plant overseas by 2018 to maintain competitiveness. Ford did not say where it would relocate production of the Focus and C-Max, amid media reports that Mexico was likely. The Focus is already produced at several locations around the world. 'We currently are reviewing several possible options,' said spokeswoman Kristina Adamski. 'We are committed to continuing to improve competitiveness and to invest where it makes the best sense for our business.' The announcement came as Ford and the other two large US...