From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (10/4/2013)

Market Watch says that, while manufacturing jobs are returning to the U.S., the flow of jobs has been little more like a trickle.

Forbes says that if Apple were to produce the iPhone domestically it would cost them $4.2 billion.

Japanese manufacturing giant Yokohama Tire Corporation is going to be building a major production facility in Mississippi.

And in South Carolina, they’re excited about the fact that German tape manufacturer Coroplast is spending $12 million to bring a new plant to York County, a move that will add roughly 150 jobs to the local economy.

The Department of Energy this past week honored 120 different U.S. manufacturers which, using better plant design and a more efficient allocation of resources, saved some $1 billion in energy and emissions costs this past year.

The ISM says that U.S. manufacturing expanded at a faster rate in September than it had in any month in 2 1/2 years.

Meanwhile, China’s manufacturing grew in September as well, though at a slower rate than anticipated.

The Hill writes that National Manufacturing Day this year highlighted both the opportunities and challenges of anyone contemplating a career in our sector of the economy.

U.S. News and World Report, on the other hand, says the day casts a light on the skills gap that continues to haunt so many manufacturers, large and small, around the country.

In Indiana, officials used the occasion to alert the media that the Hoosier State has a higher percentage of private sector jobs in manufacturing than any state in the union.

While in West Virginia, officials used the day as an opportunity to communicate the need for cooperation between the public and private sectors.

Perhaps defying the re-shoring trend, Hershey’s, the Pennsylvania-based chocolate giant, is opening an all-new production facility in Malaysia, with 90% of the plant’s output targeted for export.

In Computer World, an industry CEO blogs about 3D printing, the U.S. manufacturing renaissance, and the American middle class.

And finally, Wal-Mart last week ramped up the verbiage around its current “Made in America” initiative by emailing consumers across the country, urging them to buy American, and reminding them they can help bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. if they do so.




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