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What Happened to Dreaming Big?

As many of you know, I live in Chicago.   But what many may not know is that my hometown is home to some of the most remarkable high school structures in the country.  I drive around, look at such sprawling, stately building such as Lane Tech, St. Ignatius and Senn High, and I find […]

VW Makes a Mistake for the Ages

My company has a small office in Germany. I travel to the country regularly. And my respect for German manufacturing and engineering takes a back seat to no one. But I have to tell you, the people at Volkswagen behind the decision to install software that allowed the company’s diesel engines to beat emissions tests […]

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 […]