Unions are being left behind as manufacturing bounces back from the recession

American factories are hiring again, but they’re not hiring union members.

Factory workers had a good month in July in Anderson, Ind., where a Honda parts supplier announced plans to build a new plant and create up to 325 jobs. But in the Cleveland suburbs it was a grim month, where an industrial plastics firm told the state of Ohio it was closing a plant and laying off 150 people.

 

 

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The insourcing boom – bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S.

New refrigerator factory at GE’s Appliance Park.

General Electric’s storied Appliance Park, in Louisville, Kentucky, for much of the past 10 years, appeared less like a monument to American manufacturing prowess than a memorial to it.

But after  years of offshore production, General Electric is moving much of its far-flung appliance-manufacturing operations back home. It is not alone. An exploration of the startling, sustainable, just-getting-started return of industry to the United States.

 

 

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Quality lapses at big drug manufacturing plants lead to shortages and danger

The Ben Venue facility in Bedford, Ohio has spent more than $300 million to upgrade the plant.

Quality lapses as big drug companies show that contamination and shoddy practices go well beyond the loosely regulated compounding pharmacies that have attracted attention because of their link to an outbreak of meningitis..

Weevils have been found floating in vials of heparin as well as morphine cartridges that contain up to twice the labeled dose. There are manufacturing plants with rusty tools, mold in production areas and — in one memorable case — a barrel of urine.

 

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Infographic: Robots bring jobs back to the U.S.


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Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif.

Often blamed for the steep job losses in U.S. manufacturing is the rise of robotic automation in the manufacturing and packaging industry along with the rampant outsourcing of labor to cheaper workforces. But a real look at the facts and stats show that things just aren’t that cut and dry. (Infographic)

 

 

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Global manufacturing is changing with a new wave of robots

At the new Tesla factory in Fremont, Calif., a robot might do up to four jobs: welding, riveting, bonding and installing a component.

On the coast of China at the Philips Electronics factory hundreds of workers use the old way of working to assemble electric shavers by using their hands and specialized tools.

 

 

 

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Apple turns over its entire inventory once every 5 days

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Apple’s supply chain is ranked best in the world.

Apple’s supply chain is ranked best in the world by the technology research firm Gartner.  According to a new report by Gartner. part of the reason is Apple turns over its inventory once every five days.  If you think about that’s pretty amazing.  Apple ells hundreds of millions of hardware gadgets all over the world and yet it doesn’t actually need to stockpile its goods.

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Need for technical training grows as more big companies in the U.S. plan to ‘onshore’ jobs

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Ten years ago, offshoring manufacturing jobs to China looked like the perfect way to cut costs.  But now companies that manufacture everything from computers to car parts are returning to the United States in growing numbers.  The country needs to invest in more vocational and technical training programs so millions of jobless factory workers are equipped with the skills to benefit from this trend, say labor economists.

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5 local economies that have the potential to become economic powerhouses of tomorrow

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North Dakota’s ticket to success is energy.

Some regions of the U.S. anticipate future prosperity even as the national economy struggles. Though unlikely to surpass powerhouses of the U.S. economy such as California’s Silicon Valley, Boston’s Route 128 corridor and North Carolina’s Research Triangle, these five cities may well give better-known up-and-comers such as Austin, Texas, Charlotte, N.C., Denver and the Sun Belt’s auto centers a run for the money.

 

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10 U.S. cities that will take 10 years to recover from the recession

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Reno’s economy relies on gaming and tourism, two industries which have been hit extremely hard by the recession.

December 2007 is when the Great Recession officially began and it officially ended in July 2009. But that doesn’t mean the economy has returned to where it was before the steepest downturn since the Great Depression and may not for years. Employment is not expected to return to its pre-recession peak until 2014, according to a recent report by IHS Global Insight.

 

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‘Made in America’ Making a Comeback: Study

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2015 global manufacturers will view the U.S. as equal to if not better-than China.

In March, U.S. exports hit a record $173 billion, up 15% from a year-ago and 37% from 2009. According to a new study from The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), the good times for “Made in America” are just getting started. (video)

 

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