Difference Makers

President Trump and the New Manufacturing

Like most Americans, I’ve been watching the first two weeks of the Trump administration with a curious mixture of fascination, hope and concern. I’m fascinated watching a man who’s never done a day of public service in his life perform after he woke up one morning to discover he’s suddenly the most influential civil servant in […]

What Manufacturing Needs from Trump

Let’s forget the rancor of the campaign. Let’s forget the hate-speech, the xenophobia, the simplistic war cries, and the negative passions both candidates managed to trigger. Let’s just get past those things. Because, whether half the country likes it or not, we’ve all chosen Donald Trump our next president. So, what does that mean? Well, […]

Manufacturing’s Good/Bad News: the Rules Keep Changing

The short answer is this: manufacturing is no longer a world of belching smokestacks, countless rail cars, and factories filled of mindless repetitive jobs. Nor is it your father’s idea of how things get made in this country. Today, in fact, whatever rules you may have been taught, or may think you know about the […]