The demand for H-1B visa applications is so great among U.S. companies that a lottery may go into effect, an indication that more American businesses are turning to immigrants to fill vacant positions, and prompting worker advocacy groups to criticize businesses looking for cheap labor. Read more
Good news may be on the way for smaller manufacturers. The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, Dave Camp (R-Mich.), has released a discussion draft outlining proposals that are specifically focused on reducing the burden the tax code imposes on small businesses. Read more
One of the most important factors that will determine how well U.S. manufacturing companies will be able to compete in global markets will be the development of new and cheaper ways to use existing technologies. A lot of that research is being done at government labs and facilities, where a combination of public and private money will be needed to help keep the U.S. competitive.
One such material that may be key to manufacturing’s future is carbon fiber, and last week in Tennessee a major step in carbon fiber development was taken when officials from the Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Ford Motor Co., and Dow Chemical launched the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Read more