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Industry News

Manufacturers Are Leaving China, But Where Are They Headed?

Seeing China’s manufacturing sector shrink is a trend that excites Americans, although it may not actually alleviate much of the pressure around a U.S. unemployment rate of 7.3 percent. The reality, according to many experts, is that the phenomenon is more one of nearshoring than reshoring, as many of these businesses — along with their jobs — head to Mexico.

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Tracking The ‘Manufacturing Jobs For America’ Campaign

In late 2013, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) announced the creation of the “Manufacturing Jobs for America” initiative, which aims to “train Washington’s focus on manufacturing jobs.” The initiative, with 22 backers in the Senate, all Democrats, wants to bring new legislation to Congress and the President that will help American manufacturers grow and hire new employees, while also assisting in training a workforce capable of working those jobs. The 40 bills already associated with the initiative focus on four “organizing principles”:

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Agricultural robot market anticipated to reach $16.3 billion by 2020

In a new $7,800 report by Wintergreen Research, significant growth is anticipated over the remainder of this decade in every aspect of farming, milking, food production and animal control..

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Why Does Foxconn Want to Be in the U.S.?

 U.S States Reach Out to Foxconn

Foxconn Technology Group, the maker of Apple’s iPhone, is in talks with U.S. states including Arizona and Colorado to build advanced manufacturing facilities as part of plans to set up factories closer to its clients. Tim Culpan has more on Bloomberg Television's "Countdown." (Source:





2013 Salary Survey: New challenges for an aging workforce


Manufacturing seen as more secure, but needing more young workers In the last decade, through the Plant Engineering Salary Survey, we’ve watched our readers make their way through times of great productivity, great recession, and great recovery. They have taken each journey one step at a time, one year at a time. .

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Women to help tackle manufacturing workforce shortage: FABTECH Canada

 Recruiting qualified employees in the face of a declining workforce is a top problem facing today’s manufacturers. And solving it will require taking concrete steps to narrow the gender gap, say industry experts as they prepare for FABTECH Canada, which takes place March 18-20, 2014 at the Toronto Congress Centre.

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