From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (8/25/2012)

Business Week reports that orders for long-lasting durable goods are down for the fourth time in five months.

That news did not do Wall Street any favors.

Meanwhile, things in China continue to appear cloudy, if not worse, for many manufacturers.

China-based blogger Stan Abrams takes exception to some recent China bashing by one pro-Labor policy group in what, as he reminds us, is an election year.

That said, many Chinese investors continue to pour their money into U.S. based manufacturing enterprises, much to the delight of many U.S. job seekers.

German manufacturer Lupold has announced it will headquarter its U.S. operations in North Georgia.

C-SPAN this week aired some of the recent event sponsored by the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation in which panelists discussed the impact of regulations on American manufacturers.  And take this with a grain of salt because that group would never admit it, but they’d just as soon operate without any regulations whatsoever, but those policy wonks commissioned a study which claims that government-imposed rules are costing U.S. manufacturers around $500 billion in 2012.

Live Trading News, a newsweekly targeting traders, says that despite what certain lobbyists, media wags, spin meisters and political zealots would have you to believe, the biggest problem confronting American workers is not China; it’s innovation.

Ray Prendergast, who heads up the manufacturing technology program at Richard J. Daley College in my hometown of Chicago, writes in the Huffington Post this week something I’ve said so often that I’m blue in the face: without the proper training and education of our future generations, we’re putting our entire manufacturing sector at risk.

Forbes reports that, according to one source, sales by privately held manufacturing concerns are up 9% over 2011.

The Charlotte Observer details the two different approaches the U.S. Presidential candidates are taking toward manufacturing and bringing U.S. jobs home.

Plastics Today offers four issues that, according to the trade pub, could help sink U.S. manufacturing.

This one sounds like either a bunch of tone deaf international diplomats whose souls were bought lock, stock and barrel by their employers or a bunch of third-graders in the schoolyard, I’m not sure which. China — which has long been dumping price-supported, dirt-cheap solar panels on our shores in hopes of cornering the U.S. market — this week claimed the U.S. government’s support of a handful of U.S. based wind and solar power initiatives was (get this) in violation of free trade rules

“Did so.”  “Did not.”  “Did so.”  “Did not.”  Blah, blah, blah.  Wow, could those Kool Aid-drinking henchmen from China’s foreign trade department possibly sound any more disingenuous or more transparent?

Finally, the Atlantic asks this week in a feature it called “The Two Chinas at the Olympics,”  who had a bigger impact on the London games, China’s athletes or its manufacturing workers?





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