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CBS: “Japanese automakers Toyota Motor Corp. and Mazda Motor Corp. said Friday they plan to spend $1.6 billion to set up a joint-venture auto manufacturing plant in the U.S. 76 more words


North Carolina cabinet maker opens shop in Salem

A North Carolina wood manufacturer has started producing cabinet boxes — which cabinet makers transform into finished products — in Salem, relying largely on Oregon wood and eventually creating up to 25 jobs. 41 more words

Statesman Journal

August 4th - International News Round-Up (Part I)

Opioid Crisis


Very thorough article on the nature of what we call the opioid epidemic in the United States and the fact that it’s really about more than just opioids and it’s a lot deadlier than people think. 837 more words

International News Round-Up

Microsoft's Wilsonville jobs are going to China, underscoring travails of domestic tech manufacturing 

Just two years ago, the computing giant cast its Oregon factory as the harbinger of a new era in American technology manufacturing.

The tech giant stamped, “Manufactured in Portland, OR, USA” on each Surface Hub it made there. 43 more words

The Oregonian

White House declares 'Made in America' week to promote local products

As part of the Trump administration’s “America First” philosophy, the White House is dubbing the upcoming week, “Made in America” week.

ABC News reports that the theme week is part of the White House’s efforts to address issues that matter to Donald Trump’s base. 316 more words


Manufacturing: Let’s Get This Straight

There is much debate today about what constitutes manufacturing and “the good jobs” in this country.  Many naively believe that more factories will cure the trade deficit and create jobs (in an economy already around full employment or, here in the Midwest, with jobs going unfilled). 535 more words

Bidness, And Other Current Economic Realities

Safariland sees success after relocating acquisition to Jacksonville

Courtesy of the Jacksonville Business Journal

For Safariland’s Jacksonville manufacturing site, focusing more on making military products was a big change.

After acquiring Mustang Survival in 2013 and manufacturing that line in West Virginia, they found it was a difficult, remote location to get to, especially with added military personnel from different branches frequenting the facility to test and inspect products. 711 more words

Manufacturing News