The Editorial

Commentary on issues and events of interest to manufacturers.


Are unions still relevant?

April 1, 2014

On Feb. 14, workers at Volkswagen’s assembly plant in Chattanooga, TN, voted to reject representation by the United Auto Workers.

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What's a CEO worth?

March 1, 2014

On Jan. 15, Mary Barra took the wheel as CEO of General Motors, becoming the first woman to head a major global automaker. It’s a bold move for GM, and we wish Barra the best of luck. 

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Investing in infrastructure

February 1, 2014

Last month, I fulfilled a boyhood dream and visited Tanzania on safari. It was unforgettable, but I must say, there is nothing like visiting another country to make you appreciate home.

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Boeing and machinists play a high-stakes game of chicken

January 7, 2014

On Nov. 13, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM) overwhelmingly rejected a contract offer from Boeing that would have kept manufacturing of the company’s new 777X jet in Washington state. 

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Keep the new product pipeline flowing

December 1, 2013

As usual, our annual Capital Equipment Spending Survey provided a wealth of interesting and often contradictory data. Thirty percent of plants will spend more on assembly technology next year than they did this year, and only 20 percent will spend less.

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Expectations vs. Deliveries

November 1, 2013

Have you ever ordered a meal that sounded delicious on the menu, but tasted terrible once it arrived at your table? Have you ever purchased the latest recording from your favorite musician only to find it lacking? No matter what the product or service, what you expect isn’t always what’s delivered.

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

October 1, 2013

Slowly but surely, the economy is recovering from the Great Recession.

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Good Help Is Hard to Find

September 9, 2013

Last month, my nephew began his first year in college. He hopes someday to get a job in the automotive industry, and I wish him the best of luck.

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The Truth Will Come Out in the Wash

August 7, 2013

Imagine the U.S. Department of Energy establishes aggressive new energy-efficiency standards for your product. As a result, you spend millions on R&D to meet the challenge.

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VW, Tennessee and Why Manufacturing Matters

July 1, 2013

Back in July 2008, we were thrilled when Volkswagen announced it was building a new assembly plant in Chattanooga, TN. Of course, any new assembly plant is big news to us, but a new automotive plant? Well, that’s peaches and cream, as a British friend likes to say.

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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.


Live from The Assembly Show, the hosts of Manufacturing Revival Radio sit down with Adam Malofsky, Ph.D., president and CEO of Bioformix to discuss his company’s innovative, energy-saving adhesives and polymers, which cure without the need for heat or light. 

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