From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (12/29/2012)

Given the holidays, things are a little slow this week.  But that’s not to say there weren’t a few things worth noting in the weekly manufacturing news.

David Kiley of AOL Autos says that Ford Motor Company is part of a national in-sourcing trend that continues to bode well for the Ameircan middle class.

Yaskawa, a Japanese-based electrical parts manufacturer is going to be making medium-voltage AC drives in Wisconsin, and creating some well-paying American jobs in the process.

Barron’s says China is focusing on rural reform in that country, hoping to increasing the standard of living in many otherwise poor rural areas; an initiative which could have an impact on the country’s manufacturing sector as more and more factories move out of China’s increasingly expensive cities and into more wage-friendly rural areas.

Speaking of which, a recent survey indicates that the news for Chinese manufacturers continues to improve.

Loudon County in Northern Virginia (just a few miles outside of Washington, DC) is not only one of the fastest growing population centers in America, it’s also showing just how stronglyAmerican manufacturing continues to rebound.

In a recent survey, 3 out of every 4 American manufacturing professionals remain bullish on their careers.

Their paid to say such things, of course, so take this with a grain of salt, but DVIRC, an economic development concern focusing on American manufacturing, says U.S. manufacturers remain the standard to follow.

As for the fiscal cliff, no less an authority than Warren Buffett says we’ll get it solved.  And don’t’ miss the Huffington Post slide show showcasing the people who brought us to the brink of that cliff.

Here’s one last piece of video from the Brookings Institution’s annual summit on American manufacturing, which was held earlier this year.  This one’s from John H. White, Jr, the originator, namesake and principal backer of the seminar.  Good stuff, and a topic near and dear to my heart.

And finally, a Happy and Prosperous New Year to all, and here’s to a great 2013 and beyond.  If my little shop is any indication, things are going to continue to look up for U.S. manufacturers both domestically and abroad.



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