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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
Oct 11, 2013

To Approve or Reject Keystone XL -- That is the Question

Pardon the reference to Hamlet, but doesn’t it seem to be taking a really long time to decide whether or not to approve the Keystone XL....More
Oct 11, 2013

Yes, It's a Default -- of Leadership

Is the U.S. going to continue its shutdown of the federal government and default on the $17.5 trillion it owes or will it pull away from the brink....More
Oct 08, 2013

Is Canadian Manufacturing Poised for Faster Growth?

Canada's manufacturing sector showed expansion at a 15-month high in the September RBC Manufacturing PMI. The composite indicator rose from 52.1 in....More
Oct 04, 2013

Is a Debt Tsunami Headed for the Chemicals Industry?

Debt of approximately $380 billion will drive a wave of consolidation in the chemical industry, according to a study of more than 200 companies....More
Oct 01, 2013

Where Manufacturers and Customers Don't See Eye-to-Eye

Is your company innovative, obsessed with quality and environmentally conscious? According to a new poll, consumers may not be giving you the....More
Sep 26, 2013

ExxonMobil Chemical Prexy: US Must Seize its 'Once-in-a-Generation' Opportunity

The U.S. had a trade deficit of nearly $280 billion for the first seven months of 2013, so any ideas for significantly boosting exports deserve at....More
Sep 24, 2013

Chemical Index Shows Strengthening US Economy

There is good news ahead for the U.S. economy according to the Chemical Activity Barometer (CAB), a leading economic indicator produced by the....More
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Sep 19, 2013

FedEx's Fred Smith: 'Broken' Tax System Discourages Manufacturing Investment

How can U.S. policymakers attack the long-term trend of lower GDP growth and create jobs? FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith says the answer is....More
Sep 17, 2013

Is Help on the Way for Manufacturing R&D?

Dean Zerbe's IndustryWeek article on the manufacturing R....More
Sep 13, 2013

Is Energy Production Imperiling the US Water Supply?

Hydraulic fracturing to develop natural gas has been called one of the great technological breakthroughs of the 20thcentury. But a new report....More
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