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Automakers: New Tariffs Could Force Job Cuts

GM, others say proposed tax would come at a steep cost

(Newser) - General Motors joined a growing list of automakers and manufacturers warning against the White House’s proposal to place tariffs of up to 25% on imported cars, trucks, and auto parts, report PBS and the New York Times . In a filing with the Commerce Department, GM said that the tax... More »

'Extinction' Looms for America's Biggest Nail Manufacturer

Mid-Continent Nail says it was forced to raise prices due to the 25% tariff on steel

(Newser) - Mid-Continent Nail laid off 60 of its 500 workers on June 15, and says it could have to entirely halt production by Labor Day, reports CNN . Located in Poplar Bluff, Mo., the nation’s largest manufacturer of nails says that it was forced to raise prices due to the new... More »

6 Defections in 2 Days for Trump's Manufacturing Council

Scott Paul says leaving council was 'right thing for me to do'

(Newser) - President Trump's American Manufacturing Council has faced another couple of defections —its fourth, fifth, and sixth in the two days following Trump's widely criticized reaction to white nationalist rallies and violence in Virginia. The Hill reports Scott Paul, president of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, resigned from... More »

$10B Wis. Project Will Bring 'Magnificent Decades': Trump

President says Foxconn deal wouldn't have happened without him

(Newser) - President Trump said Wednesday that electronics giant Foxconn will build a $10 billion factory in Wisconsin that's expected to initially create 3,000 jobs, the largest economic development project in state history. The announcement comes at a critical juncture for a Trump administration that pledged to generate manufacturing jobs... More »

Apple Plans to 'Give Back' in Form of $1B Fund

It will be used to create domestic manufacturing jobs

(Newser) - Apple, long criticized for making its products overseas, is planning to give American manufacturing a major boost, CEO Tim Cook says. Cook told Jim Cramer, host of CNBC 's Mad Money, Wednesday that the company is starting a $1 billion fund to help create advanced manufacturing jobs in the... More »

DeLoreans Being Made Again for First Time in 35 Years

Texas maker of 'Back to the Future' car gets green light for new models

(Newser) - A car that's been stuck in the past can now go forward into the future, thanks to a government initiative that's allowing new models to be made for the first time in 35 years, KPRC reports. DeLoreans—the vehicle made famous in the Back to the Future movie... More »

Foxconn Eyes New Plant—in US

Where it will make really big screens

(Newser) - China isn't the manufacturing haven it once was, so the most ( in ) famous tech manufacturer operating within its borders is setting out for new frontiers—including the US of A. "The US is a must-go market," Foxconn chairman Terry Gou declared yesterday at the company'... More »

Coming Soon: First-Ever US-Made Smartphone

Motorola's Moto X to be assembled in Texas

(Newser) - For the first time, a smartphone will be manufactured in the United States, and Motorola is going to be the company to do it. Moto X, which will be made at a Fort Worth, Texas, plant employing some 2,000 people, will be released before the close of 2013, Motorola... More »

US Factory Orders Jump 1.8%

...But indicator of future investments takes a downward turn

(Newser) - US factory orders increased in December, even though companies trimmed their orders for goods that signal investment plans. The Commerce Department says factory orders rose 1.8% compared to November, when orders had fallen 0.3%. But demand for core capital goods, a category considered a proxy for business investment... More »

Tim Cook: We're Going to Make Macs in America

He doesn't say which Mac line, or where the manufacturing will happen

(Newser) - Looks like Apple is sick of being the face of outsourcing. America's most valuable company is bringing production of one of its Mac lines to the US, CEO Tim Cook says in a pair of interviews out today. "We've been working for years on doing more and... More »

Foxconn Finally Improves Conditions

Audit finds progress at electronics giant

(Newser) - Life has become less stressful for the million or so people employed by electronics giant Foxconn, an audit from the Fair Labor Association has found. The company, which suffered a spate of suicides at its plant in southern China, has complied with most of the recommendations made after Apple opened... More »

80% of New Jobs Since 2009 Have Gone to Men

More men moving into retail sector

(Newser) - Men were hit hardest by job losses during the recession, but they have been way ahead of women in landing newly created jobs since the downturn officially ended in June 2009, the Los Angeles Times finds. Some 80% of the 2.9 million jobs created over the last three years... More »

10 'Made in America' Items Still Actually Made Here

These iconic brands haven't moved their manufacturing out yet

(Newser) - Who says America is losing its touch? Well TheStreet did earlier this year, listing 10 iconic American brands now made overseas—like Levi's Jeans, Converse sneakers, and even American Girl dolls. But things aren't all bad, and it is Independence Day. So in the spirit of patriotism, TheStreet... More »

Starbucks Saves Small-Town Factory

Places giant order with Ohio potter

(Newser) - In an era of disappearing manufacturing jobs and struggling small towns, a giant corporation has become an unlikely hero in Ohio. East Liverpool, by the Ohio River, has been called country's "Pottery Capital," but lately just a few factories remain. Among them is American Mug and Stein,... More »

Factory Jobs Moving Overseas—From China to US

It's a slow trickle, but some companies are 'reshoring'

(Newser) - Manufacturing jobs are on the move, and this time, they're headed to the US. More and more companies are "reshoring" parts of their operations, bringing a steady trickle of jobs from Chinese plants to American ones, the Wall Street Journal reports. With the dollar dropping, and Asian wages... More »

Foxconn Caves to Pressure, Ups Wages

Apple supplier works to improve conditions following consumer outcry

(Newser) - Foxconn will bump workers' salaries by as much as 25% while decreasing the amount of overtime demanded of them, the company announced this weekend, in a bid to stem the tide of outrage against it and high-profile customers such as Apple, Hewlett-Packard, and Dell. The move is a victory for... More »

Apple Can Bring Those Jobs Back

Like BMW and Boeing, Apple can afford to have US manufacturing jobs

(Newser) - Apple's claim that it can't bring manufacturing jobs back to America rings false to Dan Lyons at The Daily Beast . "Apple says no, but of course it can: American workers build BMWs and Boeings, and they certainly could build all of an iPad’s components," Lyons... More »

GE Hiring Thousands of US Veterans

Firm to invest $580K in aviation plants amid effort to reboot economy

(Newser) - As General Electric prepares to host an economic summit in Washington, the firm has announced some fixes of its own: It will hire 5,000 US veterans over five years and invest $580 million in its aviation operations this year, Reuters reports. "We should have the confidence to act... More »

Give Chipotle Same Respect as Apple

Matthew Yglesias: Steve Ells is to fast food what Steve Jobs was to tech

(Newser) - Steve Jobs, meet Steve Ells. Both men founded companies that have revolutionized American culture: Chipotle is doing for fast food what Apple did for technology, writes Matthew Yglesias at Slate . First of all, "Chipotle’s growth since its 2006 IPO should be seen as a great American success story,... More »

Asia Snapping Up Our High-Tech Jobs, Too

Cost advantage isn't the only reason Asia is gaining on US

(Newser) - Asia isn't just snapping up low-wage unskilled manufacturing jobs from the US; thanks to rapidly expanding engineering and research capabilities, the continent, and particularly China, have been able to lure away America's high-tech manufacturing jobs, too, according to a new report from the National Science Board. In the... More »

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