From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (8/26/2011)

Noted author Mark J. Perry reminds us, that in addition to all the innovation and societal change Steve Jobs left in his wake, the man (and the company he built) have had an incredible impact on U.S. manufacturing.

In an op-ed piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Kent Hughes, director of the Program on America and the Global Economy for the Wilson Center, a Washington-based think tank, reminds readers that America’s recovery is going nowhere until as a country we fully rededicate ourselves to making things.

Blogger Ron Ballman, a plant manager for Swedish aluminum giant SAPA in Richland Parish, Louisiana (and former Detroit resident), has some pointed words for companies who don’t treat their employees with the same deference and respect they lavish on their processes.

Speaking of Louisiana, Governor Bobby Jindal told the News-Star this week that St. Johns Enterprises will open up an all-new barge-manufacturing facility in Madison Parish Port that will eventually bring over 400 new jobs to the parish.

The Washington Post spoke with Lonnie Kane, CEO of high-end clothing manufacturer Karen Kane on why his company is relocating so much of its production from China back to the U.S.

Meanwhile, in the Huffington Post, authors Peter Navarro and Greg Autry dissect what the phrase “Made in China” actually means in the context of today’s global marketplace.

Bloomberg reports that Chinese industrial profits rose 28.3% for the first seven months of 2011.

Recalling the demise of the 8-track tape, Jan Norman of the Orange County Register offers up for investors and job-seekers alike seven business to avoid, including a couple in the manufacturing sector.

Senator Clare McCaskill heard this week from some Kansas City-based companies that there are currently more manufacturing  jobs available in the Show Me State than there are qualified people to do them.

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