Archive for October, 2013

From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (10/10/2013)

Sam Asano, a first generation immigrant whose many inventions, among them the portable  fax machine and the data tablet, apparently led MIT to dub him one of the ten most important inventors of the 20th Century, writes that the U.S. needs a strong manufacturing base. The Associated Press writes that investment in the Mexican auto industry has […]

On Taking on Giants

By know I’m sure you’ve heard of Malcolm Gladwell, the pioneering journalist whose unlikely best sellers, Blink, The Tipping Point and Outliers, have turned so much conventional thinking on its ear and defied us to take a second look at accepted wisdom and countless things we take for granted. Well, Gladwell’s at it again, having just […]

From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (10/4/2013)

Market Watch says that, while manufacturing jobs are returning to the U.S., the flow of jobs has been little more like a trickle. Forbes says that if Apple were to produce the iPhone domestically it would cost them $4.2 billion. Japanese manufacturing giant Yokohama Tire Corporation is going to be building a major production facility in Mississippi. […]