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"High Wage America Project" Takes Aim at Revitalizing U.S. Manufacturing

How can the United States recreate high-wage, secure jobs for all Americans? That’s the question being asked by the “High-Wage America Project” led by The Century Foundation’s (TCF) Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative (RGI). The initiative kicked off on June 13, 2016, at the “Fighting for a High-Wage America: Reinvesting in Innovation and the Industrial Heartland” event on Capitol Hill. Sponsored by TCF, RGI, the Northeast-Midwest Institute, the National Call to Action, and the Steel Valley Authority (SVA), the event brought experts, advocates, political leaders, industry and labor partners together to explore proposals to create good jobs for Americans. The event also p

Six Manufacturing Trends to Watch

These trends will continue to evolve and shape the way manufacturers do business We’re nearing the halfway point in 2017, and our manufacturing clients are keeping a close eye on several trends in the industry. While not all-encompassing, these trends continue to expand and shape the way manufacturers do business. Our clients anticipate the prevalence of these particular trends to continue through the remainder of this year and into 2018 and beyond. 1. Re-shoring The current administration is definitely helping drive this initiative, but it’s not the only reason our manufacturers are trying to bring production and jobs back to the U.S. For the past few years, a renewed focus on “American-mad

Buy American - Compelling Reasons

For years, the media and Hollywood have sent the message that anyone who wants to be fashionable should eschew American products and buy foreign ones. Recently, Mike Rowe, the host of Dirty Jobs, put a different message on Facebook: “If you want to live in a country that builds things, you have to buy things your country builds.” By the time someone sent Rowe’s comment to me, it had been “liked” by 125,996 Facebook users and “shared” by 122,978. It wasn’t surprising to see Rowe embrace economic patriotism: He is a pitchman for Ford, and Walmart chose him to advertise its promise to buy $250 billion worth of American-made products over the next ten years. But other celebrities who don’t s

Steel industry urges House panel to adopt "Buy America" rules

The manufacturing and steel industry is sounding the alarm over a provision in an Interior Department spending bill that would weaken so-called Buy America rules. In a letter to the House Appropriations Committee on Monday, several organizations urged the panel to adopt an amendment to strip language in the underlying measure that allows steel that is melted and poured abroad to be used in domestic water infrastructure projects. The letter comes as President Trump, who has long promised that his administration would buy American products and hire American employees, is launching a weeklong “Made in America” initiative aimed at promoting American manufacturing. “The underlying bill would b

From Masonry to Molding: A Philadelphia Navy Apprentice's Journey

Growing up in Aldan, Pennsylvania, Michael Damico learned about construction by helping his father and uncle with their work. From plumbing to carpentry to masonry, Michael gained skills at a young age that would later help him find a fulfilling career. "I always needed to stay busy," Michael said. "I like to see a finished product and say, 'I did that!'" Although Michael enjoyed working in construction, there was never a steady stream of work. He wanted a stable career that would allow him to support himself and one day a family. Michael heard about an apprenticeship opportunity at the Philadelphia Naval Foundry from his [now] father-in-law. Since foundry work required many of the same skil

Green Jobs

In order for communities to fully embrace green infrastructure--which is often and erroneously perceived as costly and even "job-killing"--the case for cost effectiveness, multiple community benefits, and job creation potential needs to be made again and again. Across the nation, more and more cities are proving that green Infrastructure IS improving water quality cost effectively; IS making for communities healthier, safer, and more livable; and that it IS spurring economic development. From design and installation to ongoing maintenance, there's a growing niche supporting green infrastructure: besides creating new opportunities within existing sectors like landscaping, paving, and building

Smart Factories Could Add $500 Billion to Global Economy in 5 Years

By now it is pretty much common knowledge that by using digital technologies like IoT, big data analytics, AI, advanced robotics and 3D printing, manufacturers will increase not only efficiency and productivity but revenues as well. StartFragment A new report, Smart Factories, by Capgemini’s Digital Transformation Institute found that some sectors, in particular, have embraced these technologies in the form of smart factories. Industrial manufacturing, aerospace and defense, and automotive and transportation are the specific sectors that have ongoing smart factory initiatives. These smart factories are a strong economic drive as they could add as much as $500 billion to $1.5 trillion in valu

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