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Jan 11, 2013

CEOs Focus on People and Operations in Slow-Growth Economy

Human capital and operational excellence are squarely in the sights of corporate leaders looking to bolster their businesses in a sluggish global....More
Jan 04, 2013

December Jobs Numbers: Still Stuck in Neutral

Any politicians still celebrating their tiny victory in heading off the fiscal cliff need look no farther than today's federal jobs report to....More
Dec 11, 2012

Manufacturing Exports Up in October but Trade Gap Hits Record

The manufacturing trade deficit hit a record $65.34 billion in October, the government announced today. While exports rose by $654 million from....More
Nov 16, 2012

Did American Capitalism Take a Wrong Turn?

Hedrick Smith is a capitalist, he reminds me midway through our conversation about his new book, “Who Stole the American Dream?” (557....More
Nov 14, 2012

US Competitiveness: Harvard Survey Reveals the Path Forward

U.S. competitiveness is headed in the wrong direction. That's the message from alumni of Harvard Business School who responded to the school's....More
Nov 12, 2012

Offshoring and Reshoring: What's Your Story?

There is plenty of news about companies bringing manufacturing operations back to the U.S. but most of it focuses on corporate giants. That has....More
Nov 07, 2012

Come Together

After months of being bombarded by political messages pointing out differences, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons called for Americans to come....More
Nov 06, 2012

Six Issues Employers Should Be Thinking About After the Election

Glad the election season is almost over? Well, it's not time to relax yet. In fact, employers will be confronting a number of important matters no....More
Oct 15, 2012

The Starbucks at the Corner of the World

It’s a raw, gray day in Stuttgart, Germany and I’ve stopped in to a Starbucks for a slap of grande caffeine....More
Oct 08, 2012

Evidence for U.S. Manufacturing Reshoring Builds

A new study finds that 40% of manufacturing firms believe there is increased movement of production back to the U.S. from countries such as China and....More
Oct 02, 2012

Going to Bat for a VAT

At the NE Ohio Summit on the Revitalization of Manufacturers, several speakers say the U.S. should impose a value-added tax (VAT) as a way to help....More
Sep 21, 2012

Manufacturers: Are You a Bull or a Bear?

Manufacturing has been the darling of the economic recovery and the Obama administration has made no secret that it views the sector as key to....More
Aug 29, 2012

Trade Deficits: Contrasting Tales from the US and China

The U.S. trade deficit in manufacturing goods continued to rise during the first half of 2012, while the Chinese trade surplus in manufactures soared....More
Aug 20, 2012

How China Views the US Manufacturing Renaissance

A China Daily writer takes heed of U.S. efforts to promote advanced manufacturing and calls for China to shift its manufacturing strategy....More
Aug 16, 2012

Should There Be Block Grants for Manufacturing?

Manufacturing is a classic case of a "yes but" success story. The sector has been a bright spot in a modest recovery, with some 500,000....More
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