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Apr 04, 2013

Apple Pie Offers a Slice of American Products

Add online retailer Apple Pie to the growing list of organizations seeking to promote Made in the USA products. The Seattle, Wash.-based retailer....More
Mar 22, 2013

Medical Device Manufacturers Achieve Symbolic Victory

Despite a Senate vote in favor of repealing the medical device tax, don't bet on manufacturers escaping the new tax. On Thursday, the Senate....More
Mar 21, 2013

What Does the ‘Age of Unconventional Energy’ Mean?

Citing huge economic advantages to the U.S., ExxonMobil (IW 500/1) Chemical President Steve Pryor laid out his vision for the “new age of....More
Feb 28, 2013

GDP Creeps into Positive in 4Q Revision

After initially reporting that U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) had decreased 0.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012, the government issued revised data....More
Jan 30, 2013

GDP Numbers 'Not a Surprise to Manufacturers'

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Chief Economist Chad Moutray calls the dip in 2012 fourth-quarter GDP "not a surprise to....More
Jan 30, 2013

US 4Q GDP Train Did Not Keep a Rollin

A 22.2% reduction in defense spending derailed growth in the U.S. gross domestic product for the fourth quarter of 2012. Real GDP fell by 0.1% in....More
Jan 18, 2013

The Fine Art of the Public Apology

OK, Lance Armstrong has peddled (sorry, couldn't resist) to Oprah his very public apology for cheating throughout his historic cycling career. But....More
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?1

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
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