Midwest Memo: Gas Fuels Manufacturing Jobs, Preschool Gets Cut And Blagojevich’s Fiscal Legacy

Gassed up The New York Times reports that the boom in natural gas in the United States could lead to a ‘Manufacturing Renaissance’ in the country. The natural gas expansion is due mainly to the new, controversial drilling process known as hydraulic fracturing, or “tracking.” Preschool not a priority Ohio saw a big drop in public …

Midwest Manufacturing Reaches Milestones For Autos And Steel

The Federal Reserve Board of Chicago is out with its Midwest manufacturing index for February, and the numbers are something of a milestone. The Chicago Fed uses 2007 as a baseline, meaning 100 on its index, which the Fed calls “a composite of 15 manufacturing industries that uses hours worked data to measure monthly changes in …

The Controversial Economic Report That Challenges Everything We Think We Know About U.S. Manufacturing

Economic reports are not usually the kind of thing that gets the heart racing. But earlier this week, a non-profit think-tank called The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation put out a report that amounts to a bombshell. The report is titled “Worse Than the Great Depression: What the Experts Are Missing About American Manufacturing Decline.” We …

Midwest Memo: Fracking Taxes, Manufacturing Grants And Head Start Problems In Detroit

Taxing the fracking Bloomberg reports that Ohio Gov. John Kasich has a new proposal to tax oil and gas drilling in his state. Taxes on the new kinds of drilling, known as “fracking,” could raise $1.02 billion for the state by 2016, according to the report. $1 billion for manufacturing President Obama plans to be in …

How To Change The Dark And Dirty Image Of Manufacturing, A Live Web Chat With The Creator Of The Edge Factor

Last week, we told you about a new show called The Edge Factor. The show is trying to give a view of manufacturing as it exists today: high-tech, challenging and cool. Join us here at 1p.m EST, noon Central time for a live web chat with Jeremy Bout, creator of The Edge Factor. Click here …

Midwest Memo: Doubts About Manufacturing, Spare Parts In Chicago And Paczkis

Manufacturing doubts On CNNMoney, Michael W. Klein of Tuft’s University’s Fletcher School of Business and the Brookings Institution says that manufacturing won’t solve our nation’s economic troubles. He says the growth we’ve seen in manufacturing over the past few years only accounts for 8 percent of all job growth during that time. Built to fail? …

Sales Of Machine Tools Are Soaring. What Does It Mean For Manufacturing In America?

We love a good chart here at Changing Gears, and this is one that definitely caught our attention. The chart shows the rate of change for machine tool sales in the United States. In a general sense, machine tools represent the base of the manufacturing chain. They’re usually not on the assembly line. They’re in …

The Midwest and Manufacturing, From Changing Gears

[display_podcast] The rebound in manufacturing is making news all over the country, especially here in the Midwest. Last fall, in one of our best-received series, Changing Gears devoted a month of reports to exploring how manufacturing has changed. The plants of today are not your father’s factories, and the workers they are employing are not …

Midwest Memo: The PR Problem For Manufacturing, New Jobs At Chrysler And A Deadline In Detroit

Who wants to work in a factory? The Cleveland Plain Dealer has an excellent story about what local manufacturers are doing to find new talent. Business-owners say they can’t find enough skilled young people to fill open positions. So they’ve launched a PR push to change the perception of factory work. 1,600 Jobs in Illinois Chrysler …