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Welcome to the 'jobless' US manufacturing boom
The Fiscal Times
VideoBrief Recently, Chris Budnick, the CEO of Vanguard Plastics in Southington, Conn., needed a new employee for his 30-person factory to help with the 24-hour schedule. He could have done what managers and CEOs have done for decades: post a job ad, sort through hundreds of resumes, interview dozens of potential candidates, conduct second or third interviews and pay for background checks, then offer a wage of $9-$15 an hour and health benefits, a profit-sharing program and more. Instead, Budnick hired someone else — or something else. His name is Baxter, a humanoid robot from Rethink Robotics.
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5 ways to boost quality in manufacturing operations
There's a fine line between crushing creativity and reducing critical errors in the production line. Design a system that avoids punishing failure but instead rewards success in boosting output while also keeping a lid on serious issues. Seek a profitable balance and then incent employees to perform at that level, consistently.
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Celebrate National Welding Month this April
VideoBriefAmerican Welding Society sections will be hosting special events throughout the month of April to celebrate National Welding Month.
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Welding company scrambling to keep up with demand for benches
McCook Daily Gazette
A Nebraska welding company is enjoying a growth spurt thanks to some innovative thinking and a niche market that has become popular with several groups. The production of steel benches, donated to civic entities and funded by advertising dollars, started out as an activity to fill slow time between commercial welding jobs for JLB Welding, but has quickly evolved into much more.
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'Made in China' is no longer cheap
The Wall Street Journal
VideoBriefWith labor costs increasing in China, the country is now shifting its manufacturing focus to high-tech exports such as computers and sophisticated power devices. Shaun Rein of China Markets Research tells the WSJ's Jake Lee how Western countries are reacting.
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Energy boom begins to ripple through US economy
NBC News
The boom in new oil and natural gas flowing through U.S. pipelines is beginning to ripple through the wider American economy. Just ask Edrick Smith. Smith traded temp agency jobs for full-time employment with Baltimore-based Marlin Steel Wire Products, which makes wire baskets for industrial customers. An experienced machinist, Smith is now expanding his skills by learning to set up and operate factory robots.
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Paint booth pumps up business for Custom Welding & Metal Fabricating
St Cloud Times
Until now, Carmie Mick's family business — Custom Welding & Metal Fabricating — was primarily known for what's in it's name. Since her father launched his welding operation in 1968, the company has grown. It eventually added metal rolling, CNC plate cutting and bending processes and employs about two dozen people out of a five-acre complex. Now, Mick and her brothers added a paint booth so they could take projects from idea to completion all on site.
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Manufacturing activity gains steam in March
Manufacturing growth quickened in March and the pace of hiring increased, suggesting the sector will contribute to stronger overall growth in the first quarter, an industry survey showed. Manufacturers stepped up hiring, driving the employment sub-index to 54.6 from 53.5 and rounding out the best three-month stretch for hiring in the sector since early last year.
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Why the 2000s were a lost decade for American manufacturing
The real reason the U.S. lost 5.7 million manufacturing jobs in the last decade was due to the decline in manufacturing output, which in turn was caused by U.S. manufacturing losing out in global competition. In response to these statistics, official Washington has a ready-made excuse: these job losses are a sign of strength, not weakness, as they simply reflect superior manufacturing productivity performance.
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Parody: 'So God Made a Quality Manager'
VideoBriefMike Micklewright and Quality Digest present this homage to quality managers: Those hard-working, often-overlooked gatekeepers of continuous improvement. Told in the style of the late, great Paul Harvey, this video demonstrates why quality managers are the glue of organizations everywhere, whether in manufacturing or service industries.
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Manufacturing industry's energy use trends downward
Houston Business Journal
The U.S. Energy Information Administration released findings that from 2002 to 2010 energy consumption in the manufacturing sector decreased by 17 percent. Although the recession may have had something to do with this, the EIA found that manufacturing output only decreased by 3 percent during the same time period. So overall, energy use declined.
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Makers and Menders spotlight: Mayorga's Welding
VideoBrief Unassuming shops and garages lie south of the tracks in Flagstaff, Ariz. Inside, there's the clank of metal, the smell of wood and the beauty of raw fabric. People are using their hands to create useful goods. In the series Makers and Menders, Michael Collier and Rose Houk highlight this way of making a living and a life. Today, they introduce us to Frank Mayorga and the welding shop his father started 50 years ago.
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Transforming business in manufacturing
Manufacturing Business Technology
Windows Embedded GM Barb Edson, Microsoft CTO for Manufacturing Rohit Bhargava, and ARC Advisory Group analyst Craig Resnick join GigaOM Research's Adam Lesser discuss how intelligent systems drive operational efficiency and new business opportunities in manufacturing.

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India may become 5th-largest manufacturing nation
Qatar News Agency via
India may become the fifth-largest manufacturing nation if the country is able to increase the share of manufacturing in GDP to 25 percent. The National Manufacturing Policy envisages that India's manufacturing sector should increase its share of GDP from 15 percent at present to 25 percent by 2022, in line with global peers.

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These 19 states lead the US manufacturing resurgence
Area Development Online
American manufacturing is becoming cost-competitive with offshore locations, resulting in more companies bringing their operations back to the United States — or near-shoring to Mexico. We have identified 19 states where manufacturing is leading the way.

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'Transformers 4' crew scouts GM's Grand Blanc Weld Tool Center as a possible backdrop for film
Optimus Prime and the rest of the Autobots could be coming to Genesee County, Mich., as part of the filming of "Transformers 4." A GM spokesman confirmed a film crew has been on some scouting trips to the Grand Blanc Weld Tool Center for the fourth installment in the series of action blockbusters.
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Student to compete in international WorldSkills competition in welding
The Saline Reporter
Alex Pazkowski of Saline, Mich., and a student at Washtenaw Community College will represent the United States in Leipzig, Germany, in the welding competition during the biennial WorldSkills Competition from July 2-7. Pazkowski was awarded the high school gold medal in Welding during the SkillsUSA Championships in June 2010 and won the right to compete in the WorldSkills competition during qualifying trials.
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WKCTC welding student selected as February student of the month
SurfKY News
Tony Seaton entered the welding technology program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College just over a year ago and has now earned the distinction of the college's student of the month for February. Seaton, 33, worked with heavy equipment most of his life, but "there's a high demand and more money in welding, so [he] came back for [his] degree," said Seaton.
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Michigan high school student's welding torch makes for bright future
Clarkston News
Michelle Vought is lighting the path to her future with a welding torch. The Oxford High School senior's prowess with fire and metal helped her and her fellow students from Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast in Pontiac, Mich., earn a first-place award for a child's pedal car they created as part of the Genuine Hotrod Hardware Pedal Car Challenge.
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Missed last week's issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.

    These 19 states lead the US manufacturing resurgence (Area Development Online)
Washington governor makes 1st weld on state's 2nd 144-car ferry (The Maritime Executive)
India may become 5th-largest manufacturing nation (Qatar News Agency via
More than just welding cars, robots do some incredible things (ABB)
5 considerations for welding stainless steel tube and pipe without a backing gas (Miller Welders)

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Iowa Lakes welding program benefits area
The Daily Reporter
The Trustees of Iowa Lakes learned how area industries benefit from graduates of the college's welding program when Tom Brotherton, executive dean of the Emmetsburg campus, introduced the welding program assistant professor Steve Farnsworth, along with the welding lab assistant, Emily Gottsche. Farnsworth and Gottsche outlined the tasks welders perform and shared that students are qualified in all aspects of welding upon completion of the one-year diploma.
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