Archive for July, 2012

From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (7/28/2012)

The L.A. Times reports that in June jobless claims dropped and new manufacturing orders took a turn for the better. For the first time since it was launched in 2001, the Honda Civic Hybrid will be made in the U.S. as the company announced it will soon make its popular hybrid in Indiana. Last week […]

America’s Secret Weapon: Innovation

Think about it.  We’ve spent the last two decades wringing our hands about being out-manufactured by a developing country whose primary advantage was the fact that it has millions of workers doing American jobs for a fraction of the price.  To many it seemed the end of our reign as a manufacturing superpower, especially those […]

From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (7/20/2012)

As many know by now, industrial orders and factory output experienced a welcome spike in June. Hawker Beechcraft, which recently filed for bankruptcy protection, and a company that can trace its roots back to the legendary World War I flying ace and aviation pioneer Walter Beech, announced it is selling out to a Chinese financier […]