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Advanced Technology and the Changing Face of U.S. Manufacturing

Mark Crawford (Q4 2014)

U.S. manufacturers are investing in advanced equipment, automation, and robotics in order to drive down the cost of production and compete in the global economy. The net result has the potential to transform our industrial base. More
Manufacturing / Industrial >>

First Person: Foreign Investment Driving Uptick in Manufacturing Plant Construction

Stephen Gray, CEO, Gray Construction (Q1 2014)

Stephen Gray, Gray Construction CEO, comments on manufacturing’s contribution to U.S. economic growth and the factors influencing the uptick in construction of domestic plants. More
Studies/Research/Papers >>

The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte: Made In America? What the public thinks about manufacturing today

Deloitte (9/3/2010)

In its Labor Day survey, the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte find that Americans say manufacturing can succeed - but the necessary policies and leadership aren't in place. More
Manufacturing / Industrial >>

Manufacturing in America: Bigger, Better and Bolder

Mark Crawford (Q1 2014)

American manufacturing is on the upswing, with advances in innovation and productivity buoyed by decreased energy and transportation costs, and new efforts to increase work force skills. More
Advanced Manufacturing >>

New Technologies Transforming Manufacturing, Changing Competition

Area Development Research Desk (Directory 2014)

According to a recent paper from the Deloitte University Press entitled “The Transformation of Manufacturing,” advanced materials, new production technologies, and digital techniques are allowing manufacturers to remain competitive despite numerous challenges. More
Studies/Research/Papers >>

People and Profitability: A Time for Change

The Manufacturing Institute (10-7-2009)

Amidst ongoing economic uncertainty, record-high unemployment rates and continued layoffs and mandatory furlough days, manufacturers are struggling to find and retain high-skilled, flexible workers. More
Studies/Research/Papers >>

Public Viewpoint on Manufacturing

Deloitte (6-15-2009)

The majority of respondents (71%) to Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute's annual Public Viewpoint on Manufacturing see manufacturing as a national priority, with 59% agreeing that the U.S. manufacturing industry effectively competes on a global scale. In spite of this, only 17% of the respondents named manufacturing as among their top two industry choices to start a career, and only 30% of parents said they would encourage their children to pursue jobs in manufacturing. More
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Footprint To Establish Manufacturing Facility in Richburg, South Carolina

Area Development News Desk (02/18/2015)

Footprint, a company that specializes in the direct manufacturing of sustainable materials and packaging, is establishing manufacturing operations in Chester County, South Carolina. The company is investing $15.4 million to establish its production f More
Skilled Labor / STEM >>

Minding the Gap: A Roadmap for Addressing the U.S. Manufacturing Skills Shortage

Chris Womack, Executive Vice President and President, External Affairs, Southern Company (Workforce Q1 2015)

While U.S. manufacturing is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, employers are facing a new challenge — a shortage of qualified job applicants. The skills gap cannot be bridged overnight. We must align education, economic development, workforce, and business agendas to develop the talent necessary for success in a global economy. More
Economy / Market Analysis >>

The Manufacturing Paradox: Output Up, Employment Down

Dan Levine, Practice Leader, Location Strategies and Economic Development, Oxford Economics, Inc. (Q1 2015)

Replacing aging plant and equipment will lead to acceleration in capital expenditure and, in turn, an increasing level of manufacturing relocation projects. More