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Can manufacturing be reborn in the USA?
In These Times
In the short period since American multinationals departed en masse for China, the headwinds facing global manufacturers have changed significantly. China's once-rock-bottom labor costs have risen as factory wages in coastal areas climb and the national currency slowly appreciates in value. Conversely, the U.S. offers several overlooked advantages. One is an edge in automation, robotics and other productivity tools that reduce direct labor expenses, undercutting the overseas advantage of cheap labor.
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9 materials that will change the future of manufacturing
Scientific American
The future of manufacturing depends on a number of technological breakthroughs in robotics, sensors and high-performance computing, to name a few. But nothing will impact how things are made, and what they are capable of, more than the materials manufacturers use to make those things. New materials change both the manufacturing process and the end result.
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FABTECH enters exhibition partnership in India
AWS
The first FABTECH India exposition will be co-located with India's premier welding exposition, the Indian Institute of Welding's Weld India from April 10-12, 2014 in New Delhi. "More and more buyers from India have been coming all the way to FABTECH to see U.S. welding and manufacturing technologies," said Ray Shook, executive director of the American Welding Society, one of FABTECH's sponsors.
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Laser welding as an engine of innovation
PhysOrg
Can lasers perform welds precisely and reliably in the midst of thundering machinery? The prototype of a new laser welder developed by an international team of researchers has now withstood the worst. At INTEGASA and ENSA, two companies in Spain that produce heat exchangers for heavy industry, the prototype proved itself precise and reliable under the difficult conditions of routine daily use.
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Chrysler expanding investment in Ohio machining plant
IndustryWeek
Adding to its U.S. investment, Chrysler Group LLC announced that it will invest $19.6 million in its Toledo Machining Plant in Perrysburg, Ohio, to increase capacity of the torque converter it's machining for the nine-speed transmission. Since 2009 Chrysler has invested over $5.2 billion in U.S. operations.
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Manufacturing boost: 'Made in the USA' is back
KUSA-TV
VideoBrief The economy may still be struggling when it comes to creating new jobs, but step back and you'll see a little bright spot. "What we're seeing is an increase in jobs in the manufacturing sector," Gary Fedder, director of the Institute of Complex Engineered Systems, said. "It's a modest increase over the last three years."
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Additive manufacturing brings new life to old tools
IndustryWeek
The popular understanding of 3-D printing — and the one that always seems to get the most fanfare — is focused on using plastics for modeling and rapid prototyping. But, additive manufacturing techniques with more direct industrial applications, using metals powders and alloys to produce component parts, have been growing increasingly sophisticated in labs and factories during the past decade.
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Will Southern manufacturing rise again?
Aiken Standard (commentary)
The American economy, increasingly dependent on the service and financial sectors, still requires industry and the value-added creation of wealth to sustain itself. No economy can survive by taking in each other's laundry, and the rest of the world won't trade physical goods for dollars forever. Yet the question remains: is the American industrial base too far gone to be saved?
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Chinese auto supplier to build $45 million facility in Kansas City, Mo.
The Auto Channel (press release)
The Kansas City Area Development Council announced that Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems will construct a new 258,000 square-foot manufacturing plant in the Kansas City, Mo., area. The Michigan-based subsidiary of Yanfeng Visteon of China, a General Motors supplier, plans to build the $45 million manufacturing and sequencing facility and expects to create 263 new jobs.
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Officials aim to improve Iowa manufacturing shortfalls
KCRG-TV
VideoBriefCommunity colleges across Iowa are working together to improve the state's advanced manufacturing workforce. Through a new initiative with ACT Inc. employers at major manufacturing companies can test worker skills in an effort to learn more about their workforce. The colleges can use their business connections to help circulate testing, officials said.
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Creating better jobs for manufacturing's comeback
Manufacturing Business Technology
Scan through the business section of the news, and you're likely to see stories about the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing, about how companies are moving jobs back to the United States because of the rising cost of manufacturing in China. For a true resurgence in American manufacturing, then, there must be innovation.
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Lincoln Electric sales down slightly in first quarter, profits up
The Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Ohio-based maker of welding equipment and supplies for customers around the globe said sales in the first quarter of this year were $718.6 million versus $727.1 million in the comparable 2012 period, a decrease of 1.2 percent. Net income actually increased, partly because of renewed tax breaks, sales from smaller companies that Lincoln purchased in 2012, and Lincoln's ongoing focus on operational improvement that includes optimizing product and customer mix.
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Join AWS for the Pipelines Conference in Houston
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Welding has always been an integral part of pipeline construction. It all goes back to the days when hand-held oxyacetylene torches were used to connect pipes together in the field. Much has happened since, and what has happened or, better yet, is happening will be the topics for an AWS conference on pipeline welding. The conference will be held on June 4-5 in Houston.
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Northern Iowa employers searching for dependable workers
Forest City Summit
If you are looking for work, the north Iowa region isn't a bad place to start. A number of area businesses have advertised employment opportunities in recent months through various forms of media. Some of the most prominent hiring advertisements have come from the manufacturing and construction sector of the economy.
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A 'weld' of opportunity
WorkItLynchburg.com
Sparks are flying at Virginia Technical Institute, where Central Virginia Community College's Fast Track Technical Training welding class is underway. Ten students meet six hours a day, four days a week at the Altavista trade school, learning the skills they'll need to be entry-level professional welders.
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Weak durable goods orders point to sluggish economy
Reuters
Orders for long-lasting U.S. manufactured goods recorded their biggest drop in seven months in March and a gauge of planned business spending rose only modestly, the latest signs of a slowdown in economic activity. Durable goods orders slumped 5.7 percent as demand fell almost across the board.

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Is there a manufacturing renaissance or not?
IndustryWeek
The growth in manufacturing has prompted some to proclaim a manufacturing renaissance in the United States. President Barack Obama then fanned hopes in his 2012 State of the Union speech when he called manufacturing the foundation of an economy built to last. Is the renaissance actually underway?

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Study: China manufacturing costs rising to US level
CNBC
The shop floor at Prince Industries in Shanghai, China is busy running two shifts, cranking out components that will be shipped to major manufacturers like Caterpillar, Siemens and Honeywell. But change is in the air. The cost of manufacturing in China is going up and rising quickly.

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Welders forge career paths in LA
Pasadena City College Courier
Metal hammering, fans humming, and torches echoing in the shop don't cause headaches because they have a rhythm and aren't constant. Students wear leather jackets that were once bright yellow, but sweat and metal dust have stained them black. In the 10-unit class students practice for the Los Angeles city certification test, which is the toughest in the world according to Alan Armstrong, professor of Engineering and Technology at Pasadena City College.
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