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New program developed to help veterans get manufacturing jobs

Philly.com ran an article, “Leading manufacturing companies unveil veteran job-training program” on their buisiness page this morning discussing a new program being instituted to help veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan: Some of the nation's leading manufacturing companies announced a new program Monday to help veterans gain the skills necessary to fill...

Re-shoring of manufacturing taking place in Michigan

It seems that after years and countless numbers of manufacturing jobs leaving the U.S. will be returning to American soil, according to an article by MLive.com’s Melissa Anders: But that trend of offshoring may be slowing or even reversing, according to research from Tobias Schoenherr , an assistant professor of supply...

Renaissance in the American Manufacturing Sector

A recent Forbes article explained the reasons why manufacturing may be coming back to the U.S. for the long term. Many manufacturers are increasingly reevaluating their U.S. strategies, such as their separation of R&D and production, and their production abroad and importation back to U.S. buyers. Depending on the industry, they...

Manufacturing Still Slow Through August

Reuters reported this past week that the Purchasing Managers Index of "flash" manufacturing was at 51.5 for the month of September, pointing to slow growth which has been a trend over the last few months. The index averaged 51.5 in the third quarter, below the 54.2 registered between April and June,...

Innovation in the Manufacturing Industry

The Atlantic has a great article on a new development in manufacturing. They profile a new development in start-ups called Maker Works in Ann Arbor, Michigan where they combine high-tech with manufacturing. Opened in May of this year, Maker Works  consists of 11,000 square feet of workshop rooms and thrilling collections...

The state of the industry

CNN Money has an effective summary of the trend we've been talking about for years now, the move to more skilled employment in manufacturing: The number of job openings for skilled factory workers has increased 38% since 2005, according to numbers from the Conference Board that measure labor demand across industries. More...

Slowed recovery?

Reuters and the Associated Press both have stories on a recent report by the Institute for Supply Management on job growth in the Manufacturing sector. Here's Reuters: ISM's index of national factory activity fell to 49.6 in August, from 49.8 in July, and shy of the 50.0 median estimate in a...

The economy still needs manufacturing labor

This short article from the Huffington Post gives a nice summary of the state-of-the-industry in 2012: The economy is improving and jobs are being created except not in the places and industries you might expect. According to the just released Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) report from the Society for...

Look further than the headline

It's always worth keeping in mind how the news business works, when you follow the news as closely as we do. They have to be able to condense an in-depth story into 250 words, and then condense 250 words into a single headline, and add a photograph which is illustrative...

Market news round-up

First, for those of us in the manufacturing industry in Michigan, the good news: Detroit's Big Three posted higher U.S. auto sales for June, with Chrysler Group LLC and General Motors Co. leading with double-digit increases. Ford Motor Co's sales for the month rose 7% from a year earlier. This is indeed encouraging,...

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