From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (10/19/2012)

Scott Paul, who heads up the Alliance for American Manufacturing, uses the Huffington Post as a platform to decode the second presidential debate on the related issues of China and U.S. manufacturing.  Meanwhile, Industry Market Trends offers its take on the debate as well. 

Speaking of IMT, the magazine also offers this little insider’s tip on how to land a government contract.

Writing in the political newsletter Counter Punch, blogger John V. Walsh talks about the myth of U.S. manufacturing’s decline.

In a letter to the editor of the Financial Times, Kent Hughes, director of the Program on America and the Global Economy, says when it comes to the U.S. economy, the fault lies not in ourselves, but in our manufacturing policy — or lack thereof.

The Pew Research Center offers this recent data on how China views the U.S.

The National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) tells us which public policies are most important to manufacturers.

The Chicago Tribune reports that U.S. auto manufacturers now view Moscow as a major growth market. tells us that China’s long-sluggish economy is suddenly showing some hopeful signs of recovery.

Writing for the Forbes blog, TJ McCue — citing a recent white paper from the Boston Consulting Group — says the manufacturing skills gap in America is not nearly as big as many would have you believe.  Meanwhile, another blogger in the pub says that President Obama was right about at least one thing in the debate; certain low wage jobs lost to China aren’t coming back.

Along those same lines, NPR’s Planet Money this week reports that American manufacturing jobs aren’t coming back, regardless of who’s president.

Want to know where to find manufacturing jobs in America?  Here’s a start.

One Chinese company says a U.S. lawsuit could deter further Chinese investments in this country.

The Brisbane Times reports that Apple’s manufacturing efforts in China are being threatened by a severe worker shortage and a growing number of young Chinese people unwilling to do assembly line work.

Speaking of Apple, Bryan Chaffin of the Mac Observer says that the tech giant at one point came to symbolize the “great American manufacturer” during the end of this week’s debate.  And in the Washington Post’s blog, Vivek Wadhwa says the answers by both candidates to the Apple question missed a bigger, far more important point, and he so far as to say Obama and Romney had a “clueless” moment when the subject of our trade policy with China arose.

Speaking of Romney, the left-leaning political newsletter Truthout says that protesting workers at a Bain Captial-owned company in Freeport, IL, which continues to offshore jobs to China, have set up shop across the street from their plant and called it Bainport.  They’re currently pleading with Romney to come to Freeport and help them.  (See below.)

Bloomberg says recent numbers and a rise in U.S. manufacturing represent a “stabilization sign.”   Meanwhile, the TD Bank Group reports that U.S. off-shoring is officially on the decline.

Reuters meanwhile says a moment of truth is fast approaching for U.S. manufacturers.

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) paid tribute to one of their champions this week, the late Senator Arlen Specter.

And finally, a nice news item with which to leave you.  GE, Alcoa, Lockheed-Martin and Boeing will partner with (and financially support) the Manufacturing Institute, an offshoot of the NAM to train some 15K U.S. veterans in various manufacturing job functions, while instilling in them the kind of skills they’ll need for a career in manufacturing. 

Nice job, folks.  And thanks from all us little guys throughout the country for not only helping a group of remarkably brave and selfless Americans find meaningful and important work, but helping this country develop the kind of candidates that U.S. manufacturing is going to need going forward so that our sector will remain both vital and strong for generations to come.

One Comment to “From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (10/19/2012)”

  1. National Tooling and Machining Association 22 October 2012 at 8:53 pm #

    National Tooling and Machining Association serve as a valuable national resource for their members, helping them grow profitably. NTMA is organized into nearly 50 local chapters throughout the country.

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