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Inside Look at Mercedes C-Class Production

September 10, 2014 11:53 am | by USA Today | Videos | Comments

The newly designed Mercedes C-Class is the first sedan the automaker is producing in the U.S. at its Tuscaloosa, Alabama plant.                                   

Talent Shortages? Blame Salary, not Just Training

September 10, 2014 11:25 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

As the economy has turned around and employers have been seeking to invest in fresh blood, a...

'Make It In Washington' Initiative Introduced to Strengthen Manufacturing Sector

September 9, 2014 10:42 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Small and midsized manufacturers in qualified Washington counties will have access to a new...

Guilty Plea in California Meat-Recall Case

August 25, 2014 2:16 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The co-owner of a Northern California slaughterhouse accused of processing cows with cancer...

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How 1 U.S. Factory Owner Fought Cheap Imports

August 19, 2014 1:33 pm | by Christopher S. Rugaber, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

Much of U.S. manufacturing has been decimated in the past decade by less expensive imports from China, but it didn't necessarily have to be that way, according to a compelling new book by journalist Beth Macy.           

Walmart, The U.S. Conference of Mayors Award $4M To Spark Innovation in American Manufacturing

August 15, 2014 1:13 pm | News | Comments

Walmart, the Walmart Foundation, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), kicked off a new chapter in the modern American manufacturing story today as the global retailer announced the first grant recipients of the Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund.

Could Consumers End Outsourcing?

August 13, 2014 1:55 pm | by Alan Nicol | Blogs | Comments

Ultimately, we consumers deserve some blame for the outsourcing phenomenon that has swept through the U.S. and Europe.                                       

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Manufacturing Day Events Expected To Top 1,500

August 8, 2014 1:56 pm | News | Comments

Manufacturing Day is designed to introduce as many people as possible to the important role played by manufacturing both in local communities and for the nation.                          

U.S. Companies Increasingly Look for Growth Overseas

July 29, 2014 9:49 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The intensifying international focus extends beyond technology. Century-old companies such as Coca-Cola Co. and Ford Motor Co. also are hoping to make more money in countries including China and India.              

Flying High: How Querétaro Became a Leading Global Manufacturing Location

July 25, 2014 11:44 am | by Doug Donahue, Vice President, Entrada Group | Articles | Comments

One need look no further than BMW’s recent announcement of its new $1 billion production facility in San Luis Potosi for evidence of the strengths of Mexican manufacturing.                       

The Revival of American Manufacturing and the Middle Class

July 22, 2014 12:30 pm | by Mike Collins, Saving American Manufacturing | Blogs | Comments

America has been a very weak competitor in the game of globalization and has not used its power or legal rights to improve American manufacturing. The following describes the key issues facing American manufacturer that need to be addressed with action (not rhetoric).

Mixing It Up the KitchenAid Way

July 22, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor - @TalesFromTia | Articles | Comments

Every KitchenAid stand mixer in the world is built in this Greenville, OH facility. Find out what goes into building an iconic product that has stood the test of time.                        

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July 2014: Energy Intelligence Report

July 16, 2014 10:50 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we focus on improving energy efficiency in your facility, take you inside KitchenAid's stand mixer factory and discuss the best uses for mobility in a manufacturing setting. 

Walmart Turns Business Into a Reality Show

July 15, 2014 9:36 am | by Chris Fox, Editor, Manufacturing.net | Blogs | Comments

While this approach may appeal to the lower-end of everybody’s T.V.-watching intellect, it doesn’t seem like a quality way to do business.                                 

Walmart’s First-Ever “Made in the USA” Open Call for Suppliers

July 8, 2014 1:39 pm | News | Comments

For the first time ever, Walmart is opening its doors to more than 500 manufacturers today at its world headquarters during the company’s first-ever “Made in the USA” open call.                      

June 2014: Manufacturing Jobs Report

June 23, 2014 11:04 am | Digital Editions | Comments

In this issue of IMPO, we investigate the current state of manufacturing in the U.S. and abroad, and we explore technological advancements in infrared applications and conveyor systems.

China Expands Investment in U.S., Creates Jobs

June 23, 2014 9:11 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

After decades of siphoning jobs from the United States, China is creating some. Chinese companies invested a record $14 billion in the United States last year.                            

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The Global Picture: Where Are The Manufacturing Jobs?

June 13, 2014 12:04 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

The global manufacturing scene has been getting a lot of press lately, as China’s production slows and the reshoring trend gives American workers hope. But with so many moving parts, what’s really happening?              

Why Making Lights in America ‘Is Not Just an Option’

June 12, 2014 11:38 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

After an unsuccessful tryst with China, Independence LED Lighting ended up establishing a new headquarters and manufacturing operation in Wayne, Penn., just under 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia — reshoring all that production work to the U.S.

Radically Reshaping Manufacturing

June 5, 2014 2:23 pm | by McKinsey & Company | Videos | Comments

Katy George, global co-leader of McKinsey & Company's manufacturing group, explains next-shoring and makes the argument that companies must view their manufacturing process as an ecosystem that needs to be optimized from the supply base to the consumer. 

How One Toy Maker Is Addressing the Skills Gap

June 4, 2014 11:42 am | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia | Blogs | Comments

K’NEX Brands has dedicated a large focus of its company to improving STEM education and recruiting the next generation to manufacturing jobs. All of this while working to reshore as much production as possible.            

Obama Administration Names U.S. Manufacturing Regions

May 29, 2014 9:27 am | by Darlene Superville, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Obama administration on Wednesday named 12 regions of the country that will receive special attention under a new federal program designed to help make them more attractive to manufacturing companies.              

MIT Prof: More Costly to Offshore Than Many Companies Think

May 23, 2014 10:17 am | by MIT Sloan School of Management | Videos | Comments

Using a new finance tool, she shows how the mismatch costs that result from extending the supply chain may well be higher than the lower cost offered by the offshore supplier, leading to reduced profits.              

Obama Hosting CEOs Whose Firms Are Investing in U.S.

May 20, 2014 2:25 pm | by Jim Kuhnhenn, Associated Press | News | Comments

President Barack Obama is hosting executives from 11 foreign and U.S.-based companies that have chosen to open new plants or relocate overseas operations in the United States.                        

Unilever Closing Canadian Plant, Moving Production To U.S.

May 9, 2014 10:07 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A Unilever plant in Bramalea, Ont. that manufactures dry mixes for soups, sauces and other foods, will close and its production capability shipped to the United States, the company announced Thursday.               

Mexico vs. China Manufacturing: Who Has The Upper Hand?

May 5, 2014 3:11 pm | by Adam Robinson, Cerasis, Inc. - @Cerasis | Blogs | Comments

The reshoring trend has gotten a lot of attention of late, as American companies that once outsourced jobs overseas are bringing them home. But jobs aren't just coming home — they're also going to Mexico. So who has the upper hand, China or Mexico?

Study Says U.S. Manufacturers Gaining Competitiveness

April 25, 2014 9:40 am | by Paul Wiseman, AP Economics Writer | News | Comments

U.S. manufacturers have grown more competitive over the past decade compared with factories in China, Brazil and most of the world's other major economies.                           

Is ‘Low-Cost’ Manufacturing Headed To The U.S. Next?

April 23, 2014 9:48 am | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

A recent survey from Entrada Group posits a rather interesting conclusion: the U.S. is now considered the prime location for low-cost manufacturing, with Mexico a close second, and China falling far behind.           

Reshoring And Revitalizing The American Supply Chain Network

April 4, 2014 10:02 am | by Frank Russo, Chief Executive Officer, Fabricating.com | Articles | Comments

Many past decisions to offshore manufacturing were based on price alone. Today, manufacturers are looking at more than just price when considering sourcing decisions and production locations.                 

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