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Feb 04, 2014

3-D Printing: One Small Step for a Greener Airplane?

Airbus Group Innovations and EOS, a 3-D printing company, recently conducted an environmental comparison between a conventional aircraft bracket and....More
Feb 03, 2014

Are We Getting Our Manufacturing Signals Crossed?

Economist Alan Tonelson says the PMI suffers from a more fundamental problem – its forecasts don’t line up with the actual government data....More
Jan 31, 2014

File This Under Wish It Were True

In his State of the Union address (looking at the ratings, apparently a huge win for Netflix and Xbox), President Obama enthusiastically declared:....More
Jan 28, 2014

Unconditional Love for the State of the Union

The State of the Union address is almost upon us. In official Washington circles, this is known as the Day of Maximum Help, for groups far and wide....More
Jan 27, 2014

New Manufacturing Orders Surge in Texas

Factories should be humming in Texas based on the latest manufacturing outlook survey from the Dallas Fed. In January, the new orders index spiked to....More
Jan 03, 2014

The Regulatory Cloud Threatens

What could dampen a manufacturer's spirits after the holidays and months of at least modest economic growth? Let's try that old reliable -....More
Dec 23, 2013

Sustainability and Innovation: 10 Articles to Spark Your Thinking

I visited plants across the United States in 2013 from a variety of different industries, but two themes running through all of them was the need for....More
Dec 23, 2013

Broad Economic Index Shows Healthier US Economy

The U.S. economy continued to show signs of improvement in the latest Chicago Fed National Activity Index released today. The index increased to +0....More
Dec 04, 2013

PNC Economist Sees Global Growth Gaining Traction

Despite many challenges, the world economy is closing 2013 with at least modest signs of improvement. Bill Adams, senior international economist for....More
Nov 22, 2013

The Good Ship USS Manufacturing [INFOGRAPHIC]

The U.S. Census Bureau has a new infographic depicting manufacturing's contribution to American exports. Manufacturing accounts for nearly 60% of all....More
Nov 05, 2013

On Exports, Should the US Be Scolding Germany?

Remember the Obama administration, the one that set an ambitious goal in 2010 of doubling exports and in the process creating 2 million U.S. jobs?....More
Nov 01, 2013

Will Manufacturing Spur 'Catch-Up' Economic Growth?

The ISM U.S. manufacturing index issued today reflected the generally upbeat reports on manufacturing in October. This positive swing is true for....More
Oct 24, 2013

Manufacturers Agree with Obama: Immigration Reform is Needed Now

President Obama and NAM have had their share of disagreements but when it comes to immigration reform, they agree now is the time to, in the....More
Oct 16, 2013

Fair is Foul for Chinese Exports

After years of explosive growth, the Canton Fair in Guangzhou, China is smaller this year than in 2012. The giant fair for manufacturing exporters....More
Oct 15, 2013

The Critical Shortage Facing US Manufacturers

Optimism is on the rise among US manufacturers, according to the latest quarterly PwC Manufacturing Barometer, but one critical shortage is still....More
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