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US manufacturing keeps expanding
The Wall Street Journal    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Manufacturers continued adding jobs in March as the sector showed momentum largely unhindered — at least for now — by rising oil prices and the Japanese crisis. The U.S. Labor Department said that factories added 17,000 jobs in March, while a separate report by the Institute for Supply Management showed manufacturing grew at a slightly slower pace in the period. The institute's index of factory activity stood at 61.2, compared with 61.4 in February. There were some dark clouds, however: The report showed a sharp decline in exports as well as a drop in new orders. An index of prices paid by manufacturers jumped, reflecting a surge in commodity and energy prices. More

80 percent of US energy to be made from clean energy by 2035
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In this year's State of the Union address, United States President Barack Obama called for the ambitious target of obtaining 80 percent of U.S. energy from clean energy by 2035. President Obama's goal is to cut the subsidies for fossil fuels and reinvest them in clean energy instead. In this context, clean energy includes not only traditional renewable energy like wind, solar, biomass, hydroelectric and geothermal but also nuclear energy, clean coal and natural gas. More

Global wind power grows 24 percent on China boost
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New global wind capacity in 2010 amounted to 38.3 GW, close to 2009's level of 38.6 GW, according to GWEC, the Chinese Renewable Energy Industry Association and the Chinese Wind Energy Association. New world wind capacity was estimated at 35.8 GW in February, which represented a slide in the annual market for the first time in 20 years. More

Japan quake stirs unease about global supply chain
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A shortage of auto parts and other components after Japan's earthquake has stirred unease about two pillars of manufacturing: the country's role as a crucial link in the global supply chain and "just-in-time" production. Manufacturers slashed costs by adopting Japanese-style small inventories and close links to a tight circle of suppliers. But that left them without a cushion of raw materials to ride out disruptions, forcing factories as far away as Louisiana to close when the March 11 quake and tsunami battered Japanese producers. More

Small cars drive March US auto sales higher
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General Motors, Ford, Honda, Hyundai and Nissan all reported higher U.S. sales of new vehicles in March, helped by strong demand for models that get better gas mileage. New vehicle sales rose 11 percent at GM, 16 percent at Ford, 23 percent at Honda and 27 percent at Nissan, all aided by sales of smaller, more efficient cars and crossovers, which look like truck-based SUV but are more fuel efficient and nimble because they are built on car underpinnings. Truck sales, though, also were healthy last month for just about every manufacturer. More

How smart is your facility?
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Today many building systems are still managed independently with various departments having silos of information that are difficult to share across the organization. However, technology companies recognize the smart buildings market is expected to grow significantly and are offering owners and operators new ways to manage building systems. More

Diversity helps bridge talent, generation gaps
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Most of the managers in the material handling and logistics field are a part of what I call Generation O (for "old"), based on the responses to our recent 2011 Salary Survey. Well over half — in fact, 61 percent — of the respondents are at least 50 years old. And not too surprisingly, when asked what is the biggest challenge facing the industry today, a frequently heard response was: "developing Generation X and Generation Y employees into managers." "The oldest baby boomers are retiring now, and the industry's near-future U.S.-born talent pool is shrinking at an alarming rate," says Dan Boos, principal of Boos Consulting Services, who led a half-day seminar on "The People Side of the Supply Chain" at ProMat in Chicago. More

College students shaping Maine's energy future
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Maine's energy future may depend on the wind, and a team of college students is helping create it. Students from Maine Maritime Academy have completed testing on a scale-model wind turbine, which will play a key role in upcoming testing of designs for offshore ocean wind power systems. More

Priming the pipeline for the next generation of supply chain professionals
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The strategic aspect of supply chain as a critical part of an organization, as well as a function that can present significant cost savings, has caused the value associated with talented supply chain professionals to skyrocket. Recent dialogues on the supply chain for supply chain talent have focused on the gap between talent demand and talent supply. A disconnect — if not a gap — indeed exists, and a significant contributor to that disconnect is the discrepancy between desired skills and the skills required to "hit the ground running" for the entry-level positions that students are recruited to fill. More
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