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Just How Bad Are America’s Infrastructure Problems?

March 31, 2014 10:15 am | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing

Since the Great Recession, there has been a debate about rebuilding our infrastructure to create new jobs. But how much of it needs to be repaired or replaced?                           

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ABC Prepares To Be (Pink) Slimed By Lawsuit

March 28, 2014 11:20 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, @IndustrialAnna

If you’re like me and finally got the disgusting pink soft-serve-like image of “pink slime” out of your head, get ready for more stomach churns.                               

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Crowdsourcing: The New Demand-Driven Manufacturing

March 28, 2014 10:07 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, Food Manufacturing, @foodmfged

Crowdsourcing is the extreme front line of demand-driven manufacturing. Savvy companies are engaging consumers through social media, effectively transforming them into product formulators, fans, and advertisers.             

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Global Unrest Does Affect U.S. Manufacturing

March 25, 2014 2:06 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

As tensions between Russia and the United States continue to increase, global businesses will face disruption and, for some, opportunity.                                  

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77 Safety Glasses

March 25, 2014 12:01 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

If you’re not open to letting suppliers into your plant, your competition may be – and then skipping these kinds of service offerings goes from a missed opportunity to a threat to your competitive advantage.             

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NSA Hacks Huawei: Is This The New World Of Business?

March 24, 2014 2:54 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Over this past weekend it was reported that U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei.                                   

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Why Can’t Automakers Seem To Learn?

March 21, 2014 1:56 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

The question I want to know is, why didn’t GM learn its lesson from the Toyota fiasco? They had five years to pick up on the fact that burying a potential safety issue wasn’t, exactly, the best course of action.             

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This Is What A Billion Dollar Brand Looks Like

March 21, 2014 9:39 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

According to the study, of the 15,000+ listed companies in the U.S., only 519 are billion dollar brands. The total value of these big dogs is a staggering $2.5 trillion.                       

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Wins, Losses For The UAW Make For A Bumpy Road

March 14, 2014 3:13 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

As right-to-work becomes a more significant point in state political discussions, these union wins and losses have more impact.                                    

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Walmart And 3D Systems Work To Rebuild Mfg. Jobs

March 14, 2014 2:06 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Two big announcements yesterday, one from Walmart and one from 3D Systems, push for the creation and reshoring of American manufacturing jobs.                                

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Jets Disappear More Frequently Than You Might Think

March 14, 2014 12:35 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has been missing for over a week now, and global aviation experts still don’t have an answer. Unfortunately, the case of a missing jet isn't as rare as we’d like to believe.              

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China Exports Pollution Problem

March 13, 2014 2:15 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

According to a Bloomberg report, air pollution is becoming one of China’s biggest exports and reaches as far as the U.S. West Coast.                                  

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Millennials Want To Ruin Everything

March 12, 2014 2:51 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor

It seems that — if we’re to believe the hype — unless you’re Apple, a skinny-jeans manufacturer, or in the organic foods business, you can kiss your growth goodbye.                         

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Auto Brands And The Value Of Toyota

March 12, 2014 9:31 am | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Toyota continues to be the world’s most valuable auto brand, according to a recent study. But is it the most powerful brand?                                      

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New Jersey: Time To Stop Impeding Tesla

March 12, 2014 9:27 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net

Tesla and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (NJMVC) were working together to resolve any issues, but according to Tesla, that relationship has fallen apart, and as of Tuesday afternoon, Tesla is banned from selling vehicles in the state via its own sales model.

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What EPA Overregulation Means For U.S. Manufacturing

March 11, 2014 9:26 am | by Wayne Kovach, Energy Curtailments Specialists, Inc., @ecsgrid

Manufacturers, already pinned down by rising production costs and competition from other countries, continue to struggle against an old adversary… Washington, specifically the EPA.                    

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A Bad Week For Boeing

March 11, 2014 9:21 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Boeing is no stranger to media coverage, but the past several days have seen this aerospace giant’s name in the news under less-than-positive circumstances.                            

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Grainger CEO: 'The Battle For Great People Is Just Getting Started'

March 10, 2014 9:29 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Grainger CEO Jim Ryan stressed that the Grainger business model is strong, yet the company still contends with the same widespread issue many distributors do — ensuring recruiting and retention methods keep staff strong.         

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AAM Blames More Than Weather For Poor Manufacturing Numbers

March 7, 2014 12:25 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO

Stalled hiring in the manufacturing sector, coupled with a substantial rise in America’s trade deficit with China, has the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) President Scott Paul blaming more than just weather.        

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FYI: Trappings Versus Substance

March 6, 2014 4:58 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing

Many businesses are very good at the internal and tangible issues inside the manufacturing plant, but are not very good at external issues relating to finding new markets and customers. For a variety of reasons they struggle at industrial marketing.

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