Archive for January 23rd, 2013

This week, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced a newly formed immigration coalition that aims to improve STEM education and drive industry competitiveness in the U.S. Coalition members, who represent education groups, businesses and national associations, are leveraging the new group as a opportunity for immigrants to fill the high-skilled labor gap, a detriment to manufacturing growth. Read more


If current trends continue, coal is poised to match – or potentially overtake – oil as the world’s most widely used energy resource in the next five years. However, demand is expected to weaken in the U.S. due to the shale gas boom, causing difficulties for the domestic coal industry. Read more



“Biomass” is a manufacturing and industrial term that has become thrown around quite a bit in recent years, as more and more companies and industries try to find ways to take their waste products and recycle and re-use them.

Landfills are filling up fast, and the incredible amount of carbon footprint industrial waste leaves is a concern to manufacturers and customers alike.

But what exactly is biomass, and how is it going to change manufacturing procedures in the future, leading to more “biorefineries?” I talked to some experts in the field, and looked at some new projects being funded by the Department of Energy, to get a handle on this emerging trend. Read more

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