Uncategorized

NAM Releases a Plan for Significant Infrastructure Investment

The NAM’s infrastructure blueprint, “Building to Win,” contains many commonsense funding measures that would appeal to both parties, and which the NAM promotes to Congress and the administration. Read National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons statement on this topic and "Building to Win."

read more »

#TBT To Our Annual Luncheon and Expo

15073546_1218957434816558_2038679142581500985_n

A few weeks ago, on November 18, the Council held its annual Luncheon and Expo with our keynote speaker Scott P. Schloegel, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff of the Export-Import Bank. The event was a big hit and although we’ve already posted plenty of photos on our Facebook page, we thought we’d share some pics here for anyone who connects with us through our blog:

  

read more »

Great Boston Molasses Flood: Secrets Revealed?

bostonmolassesdisaster

It’s one of the strangest tragedies in American history, the sort of thing that should only happen in fiction yet somehow happened in real life. On January 15, 1919 the North End area of Boston, Massachusetts a storage tank burst and a giant wave of molasses flooded out into the streets at 35 miles per hour. 21 people were killed and another 150 were injured. To this day residents swear  

read more »

Judge Blocks New Overtime Rule

mfg-voterbutton-embed

On Tuesday, November 22, just before Thanksgiving U.S. District Court Judge Mazzant issued a nationwide injunction preventing the implementation of the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule previously set to take effect on December. The Court found that the Department of Labor had likely exceeded its statutory authority in setting a salary threshold higher than necessary to exempt “any employee  

read more »

Hudson Valley Jobs Up in October

hudson valley

October job numbers for the Hudson Valley have been released, and they’re largely positive. The New York State Department of Labor reports:

For the 12-month period ending in October 2016, private sector employment in the Hudson Valley increased by 10,300 or 1.3 percent, to 797,300. Jobs were added in educational and health services (+7,500), professional and business services (+2,100),  

read more »

U.S. Manufacturing Output Rises-Again

047

Output at U.S. manufacturers rose in October, marking the second such monthly increase in a row. Industry experts hope this is a sign the industry is gradually recovering. Production at factories accounts for 75% of all output, and saw an increase of 0.2 percent for a second month, according to a Federal Reserve report showed. Warmer temperatures led to a drop in utility use, resulting in  

read more »

Can the Internet of Things Boost the Economy?

internet

That’s the question Craig Torres sets out to answer for New Equipment Digest. As he summarizes the issue:

In the world of making everyday life more digital, something is starting to tip. You can see it at Noyes Air Conditioning Inc. on Monday mornings.

They used to be a nightmare, as recently as 2013, says General Manager Chris Kaufman in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Seventy technicians would  

read more »

Paralyzed Monkeys Walk again with Wireless Brain-Spine Interface

gibraltar_barbary_macaque

Swiss scientists have helped monkeys with spinal cord injuries regain control of non-functioning limbs in research which might one day lead to paralyzed people being able to walk again. The scientists, who treated the monkeys with a neuroprosthetic interface that acted as a wireless bridge between the brain and spine, say they have started small feasibility studies in humans to trial some components.  

read more »

Election Day 2016: Light at the End of the Tunnel

statue of liberty

The grueling election year is down to its final hours, now all that’s left is for the people to cast their vote. In addition to the Presidential race, voters in New York’s 19th congressional district will decide whether to send Democrat Zephyr Teachout or Republican John Faso to Congress. Faso is running a traditional Republican campaign and has the endorsement business groups  

read more »

ISM Manufacturing Index October 2016

institute for supply managment

The Institute of Supply Management reported that U.S. manufacturing increased 0.4 percent in October, bringing the ISM Manufacturing Index to 51.9. The result is in keeping with many economists’ predictions. The report said respondents had mostly positive comments and cited a “favorable economy and steady sales, with some exceptions.” These numbers come as economic activity  

read more »

The Multifactor Productivity Problem

SONY DSC

For today’s food for thought, I direct you to this column from Bloomberg: “Manfacturing’s Productivity Myth,” which takes issue with the claim that US Manufacturers have gotten more productive by arguing that this claim fails to take into account Multifactor Productivity.

“The fact that durable goods multifactor productivity in 1987 was 69 and non-durables’  

read more »

Hudson Valley Job Market Has Bright September

hudson valley

In a happy change of pace, the New York State Department of Labor’s latest report on unemployment in the Hudson Valley shows largely positive news across the board. For September 2016 the region’s private sector job count reached 793,000, a record high for the month. Private sector job growth was broad-based, with seven of nine sectors recording job gains. Aided by a strong healthcare  

read more »

Where We’re Going We Don’t Need Helmets

1x-1-1

Ordinarily BMW debuting a new motorcycle concept wouldn’t be particularly newsworthy, but the storied manufacturer had an ace up its sleeve this month when it revealed a new model out fitted with artificial intelligence safety technology so advanced that riders won’t need to wear a helmet.

The BMW Motorrad Vision Next 100 motorcycle is the latest incarnation of BMW’s Vision Next  

read more »

NY Fed Survey: Business is Down, but For How Long?

federal reserve bank of new york

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has released the results of its monthly manufacturing  survey. The survey showed that business activity continued to decline in New York. The headline general business conditions index slipped five points to -6.8. The new orders index edged up but remained negative at -5.6, indicating  

read more »

What do this Year’s Nobel Laureate Scientists Have in Common?

statue of liberty

This year, six of the scientists receiving the Nobel Prize were associated with American universities. All of them are immigrants. In a year that has seen a surge in nativism in the U.S. (as well as abroad) the ordinarily mundane fact that none of America’s Nobel Laureate’s this year were born in America takes on a political subtext. Already some are using their newfound platform  

read more »

Manufacturing Day is Almost Here

manufacturing-day-logo

Tomorrow is Manufacturing Day, our favorite day of the year!

Manufacturing Day is a nationwide event organized each year by the National Association of Manufacturers, NIST and other affiliates. It’s goal is to promote the great benefits of a career in manufacturing and demonstrate our industry’s value to the U.S. economy. You can read more on our website.

And don’t forget  

read more »

Google Tries out AI

google-home

Google is one of the most valuable companies on Earth, it’s become so synonymous with internet searches that its name is now a verb for the procedure, its future would seem secure. But in this high tech world nothing is certain, and Google is bracing for the possibility that its core business of internet searches might be displaced by the growing popularity of apps. To counter this the  

read more »

Why He Brought Back Manufacturing

Robotic Automation Feature Intro Photo

Marketplace.org recently spoke to Matt Turpin, a small electronics manufacturer in Baltimore. The reason for the interview was Turpin’s company Zentech has bucked conventional wisdom and actually relocated manufacturing work from Asia to the US:

“We’ve brought back probably four projects in the past two years,” he said. There are “probably 30 people associated with those projects.”  

read more »

New 3D Printing Frontier: Footwear?

3d-printer

Imagine needing a new pair of shoes, only instead of heading to the mall you pick out your customized design online and then use your smartphone to scan your foot’s dimensions and send them to a manufacturer who will then run a made to order pair of sneakers, sized and designed perfectly just for you, off their 3D printer. It sounds a little like the Jetsons, but that’s exactly  

read more »

Top 5 STEM Inspiring Movies

The weekend’s just around the corner, so for today’s blog post we thought it would be fun to make a Top 5 list of movies focusing on STEM topics that can inspire interest in the topic in viewers young and old alike. So, in no particular order:

Apollo 13: From director Ron Howard, this dramatization of the failed Apollo 13 lunar mission stars Tom Hanks, Bill  

read more »

NY Fed Report: Business Activity Down

federal reserve bank of new york

Business activity decreased in New York State, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey for September 2016. The headline general business conditions index held below zero, and was little changed at -2.0. The new orders index fell eight points to -7.5 and the shipments index fell eighteen points to -9.4—developments that pointed to  

read more »