Archive for November, 2011

From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (11/18/2011)

Right off the bat, here’s yet another story that continues to confuse U.S.  job growth with a comeback in manufacturing.  This one from Tennessee.  Nice story nevertheless. Speaking of “yet another,” here’s yet another story which shows how interconnected all the world’s economies now are.  This one from Market Watch is titled, “Road to  U.S. Recovery […]

On Competitiveness, Political Rhetoric and a Lack of Balance

Look, first off this is not some referendum on gun control, so don’t lose your place or get off track here, OK? It’s my personal little treatise on the dangers of inflammatory rhetoric, pay-for-hire mouthpieces and the often blinding politics of self-interest. So given that, you should know the issue I continue to have with […]

From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (11/11/2011)

This remarkably rosy headline in Bloomberg said it all this week. Meanwhile, in the Ann Arbor area, Hyundai CEO John Krafcik was extremely coy this week when meeting with reporters about whether or not his company was planning a new U.S.-based manufacturing facility. A number of manufacturing trade associations are supporting a recent piece of […]