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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 [...]

Summer Reading List: “Factory Man”

Over the years I’ve learned that a combination meticulous research and great story telling can take almost any subject and make it not just readable, but downright fascinating. I’ve read books, for example, over the past decade or so on subjects as esoteric and ostensibly dry as rum, oysters and the global shipping industry that turned [...]

From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (11/8/2013)

Writing in Bloomberg, author and blogger Gary Shilling says “Let’s not overstate the U.S. manufacturing revival.” MoneyNews cites a study from ThomasNet.com that says U.S. manufacturing is running a race against a biological clock. Fortune, writing about the same graying of the manufacturing workforce, calls the imminent retirement and departure of so many Boomers from our sector [...]