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On Germany, Manufacturing and World Cup Success

So Germany won the World Cup. Bravo for them. And if you think there is a hint of sarcasm or jealousy in my tone…well, you may be right. Hey, I wanted the U.S. to win the World Cup. I admit it. Wanted it badly, as a matter of fact. But you know what?  The Americans [...]

On Jobs, Workers and the American Manufacturing Renaissance

Not too long ago I read an amazing (and frankly uplifting) story in the New York Times about the textile and apparel industries returning to the U.S. in the form of new (and renewed) small-to-midsize companies that just a few years ago had been off-shoring much if not all of their work.  Unfortunately, according to the story, [...]

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 [...]