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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?1

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 Now1

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 Manufacturers6

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
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