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Manufacturing: Muddled or Moving Along

Posted January 26, 2008 8:03 AM

The U.S. manufacturing sector experienced low economic output and declining shipments during the last two years. Recent trends indicate that manufacturing will avoid a full-fledged recession. Energy price increases, declining profit growth, and high interest rates dampen overall investment expansion. But some sectors actually benefit from these conditions, including mining, oil field, and gas field machinery industries. With a mixed bag of economic conditions and forecasts, combined with offshoring pressures, how can the U.S. protect and sustain its manufacturing base?

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Re: Manufacturing: Muddled or Moving Along

01/27/2008 11:07 AM

Like in real estate, it is location, or in manufacturing Train, Train, Train.

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Re: Manufacturing: Muddled or Moving Along

02/07/2008 12:02 AM

this is a cyclic trend - right now the US manufacturing is slowing down due to various reasons. since a lot is being outsourced, it makes sense to tie up with the best comapnies offshore and get quality products at reasonable prices. A few years later, the cost of manufacturing around the globe may change or even out.

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02/07/2008 6:18 AM

My segment, Energy is booming with a shortage of hands of all disciplines in the fabricating and vendor shops who supply us. I was recently at a vendor near Erie, PA and the shipyard, GE locomotive, and pressure vessel shops are coming back hugely. Training programs have been started with 50 some year olds learning to weld. Of course it is a cycle. When service sectors, retail, home building and the like are peaking we are at a low. But, with new regs out there, we are looking to about 10-15 years of never before seen boom times. How can an economy be built on service, retail, and real estate?

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Re: Manufacturing: Muddled or Moving Along

02/16/2008 1:09 PM

Here is how I see it... We are still America. Politics and propaganda aside, the greatest innovators combined with the greatest reasons to use innovation. This is the HOME of that concept. We can give it up, or we can outsource it... but we will become like the soulless empire-remains like what is now Egypt, a nation who can't even remember how they built the pyramids. That is the choice before us. If we do become an economy based soley on retail, service, and real estate... then we will become like the once great empire nation of Great Britain. I say we train our youths to build things in their garages and fields for the fun of re-discovering the art of physics and solving problems their own way. The U.S. can protect and sustain its manufacturing base by continuing to proactively seek out solutions and produce the answers here. At the very LEAST in prototype form. If we have to outsource a part of a machine, we might be able to protect patent infringement by not outsourcing entire projects! I thank you for reading my rant.

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02/16/2008 1:17 PM

We all need to contribute our skills, desires, insight, time, and maybe money. I am starting my grandsons in Cub Scouts and maybe I can be a participant to show them the joys of thinking, ideating, visualizing, and creating. I have been sending a few simple things to school with the 2nd grader to share with his classmates. Anybody know of any websites out there showing science that is suitable for 5 to 8 year olds and one that showcases our varied disciplines?

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