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How the US oil, gas boom could shake up global order
NBC News
VideoBrief Without fanfare, China passed the United States in December to become the world's leading importer of oil — the first time in nearly 40 years that the U.S. didn't own that dubious distinction. A dramatic shift is occurring in how energy is being produced and consumed around the world — one that could lead to far-reaching changes in the geopolitical order. But many experts say the U.S. would be the big winner, in position to reshape its foreign policy and boost its global influence.
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Is the US manufacturing renaissance real?
U.S. manufacturing is back. That's been the conventional economic wisdom now for several months, and there's plenty of proof to back it up — rising factory output, strong manufacturing production gains and lower labor costs that make American workers more attractive. But at least one economic seer, Goldman Sachs' chief economist Jan Hatzius, is throwing a bit of cold water on the idea.
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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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America's new sustainable manufacturing hubs will breed creativity, jobs
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The aim of these hubs is to put smart, entrepreneurial people together with advanced manufacturing technology to come up with applications for that technology. Those applications will reduce waste in manufacturing processes, which will mean that U.S. manufacturers can charge less for their services. With new technology comes the need for newly skilled workers to wield it properly. So it's a smart growth strategy: reduce the bottom line, increase profit and reinvest it in the company's growth.

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100 boats later, Bay Weld celebrates
Homer News
From a 20-foot skiff to its newest and biggest boat, the 42-foot P/V Churchill, Bay Welding in Alaska has been building an average of about six Bay Weld boats a year since 1994. Bay Weld is calling P/V Churchill its 100th boat, but looking at the shiny aluminum hulls under construction and nearing completion, it won't take long to pass that milestone.
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Women missing out on manufacturing gains
The Wall Street Journal
American factories are hiring again. But they aren't hiring women. U.S. factories have added more than half a million workers in the past three years, with most of the gains coming in the durable-goods sector, which makes longer-lasting items like cars and dishwashers. Women, however, haven't seen the same gains. Female employment in the manufacturing sector has actually fallen by 13,000 in the past three years.
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Becky Tuchscherer elected to American Welding Society Foundation Board of Trustees
The American Welding Society Foundation has elected Becky Tuchscherer, Group Vice President for Commercial Welding for Miller Electric Mfg. Co., to its AWS Foundation Board of Trustees. Tuchscherer has more than 25 years of experience in the welding industry having joined Miller in 1988 as a financial analyst.
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Bestronics brings dozens of new jobs to Silicon Valley
VideoBrief San Jose, Calif., appears to be winning an ongoing battle with Texas and other states, trying to lure high tech companies. A key reason appears to be a resurgence in manufacturing. Bestronics has been a contract manufacturer in Silicon Valley for 27 years but lately, it has been running out of capacity as its clients try to do more assembly, so it has expanded and is hiring. Electronic manufacturing jobs have been on a steady decline, down almost 20 percent in the past five years. But a turnaround is in the works.
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35 colleges to celebrate Manufacturing Awareness Week
The North Carolina Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, which consists of ten community colleges with Robeson Community College being the lead, will be joining with 35 other community colleges the week of April 8-12 to celebrate Manufacturing Awareness Week.
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Cheap natural gas pumping new life into US factories
VideoBrief The millions of Americans who lost factory jobs over the past decade may find this hard to believe, but U.S. manufacturing is coming back to life. The chest compressions are applied by the pumping of cheap, domestic natural gas. Some economists are skeptical about just how big, or long-lasting, the impact of cheap gas will be. They say U.S. factories have been perking up primarily because of the usual pent-up demand that follows a deep recession, as well as the global competitive advantage provided by a weaker dollar.
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High-tech manufacturing and location, location, location
In Silicon Valley, a lot of focus is on the "coolness" of product design and the development of complex, high-tech hardware. But to really succeed in the marketplace, manufacturing is critical. After all, someone's got to make all that cool stuff work. There are plenty of specialty contract manufacturers right here at home, where your intellectual property is protected and you can find a wealth of expertise in highly regulated areas such as medical devices, biotech equipment and defense.
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    Welcome to the 'jobless' US manufacturing boom (The Fiscal Times)
Welding company scrambling to keep up with demand for benches (McCook Daily Gazette)
Parody: 'So God Made a Quality Manager' (YouTube)
5 ways to boost quality in manufacturing operations (IndustryWeek)
'Made in China' is no longer cheap (The Wall Street Journal)

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Midwest manufacturing expansion cools in March
Reuters via Fox Business
The pace of business activity in the U.S. Midwest slowed in March as the new order rate pulled back. The Institute for Supply Management-Chicago business barometer fell to 52.4 from 56.8 in February, shy of economists' expectations for 56.5.

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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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Welcome to the 'jobless' US manufacturing boom
The Fiscal Times
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. Instead of hiring someone, Budnick hired something else. His name is Baxter, a humanoid robot from Rethink Robotics.

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Marlin Steel president to speak about how to grow US manufacturing
PRWeb via San Antonio Express-News
Small to medium-sized manufacturers can grow faster by applying lean management techniques and emerging technologies, the owner of one of the country's fastest-growing private manufacturing companies will describe in speeches at a pair of national conferences this spring.
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Calgary metal sculptor fuses passion with day job
The Calgary Journal
In a nondescript back alley in the northwest neighborhood of Bowness, Calgary, Scandinavian rock music mixed with an unexpected screech of a chop saw fills the snow-covered lane in this quiet residential neighborhood. The garage door is open, allowing noxious fumes produced by welding to escape. Welcome to Rob Reuser's studio.
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This pipeliner wears eyeliner
Free Press Standard
Missy Phillips looks like a typical 30-something mother of three. That is, until you see her boots, her "guns" and her truck. Phillips, 37, is a welding foreman on the pipeline. The self-proclaimed "Pipeliner with Eyeliner" has worked in the oilfields for almost eight years, as a welding helper the first year, and a welder the remaining time. She also did minor welding on a drilling rig.
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Texas high school students to benefit from $10,000 education foundation grant
The Rancher
Students enrolled in welding classes at Fort Bend ISD's Technical Education Center will benefit from a $10,000 Fort Bend Education Foundation grant funded by engineering and construction company Fluor Corporation. The funding will be applied toward the purchase of several new welding machines and a horizontal band saw to allow students to practice on the latest equipment used in industry.
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Welding department at Solano Community College seeks a few good women
The Tempest
The welding program at Solano Community College is looking for a few good women. There are only seven women out of 32 men in the welding program, according to Jeff Kissinger Solano's welding instructor. Kissinger is striving to stop that stereotype and get more females to want to join.
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