Industry Market Trends

American Economy Reaps the Benefits of Foreign Investments

November 19, 2013

Several weeks ago, President Barack Obama touted the benefits of foreign companies investing in U.S. businesses, declaring that the U.S. is "open for business." A new study shows that foreign companies that have made investments in the United States have had an “outsized impact” on the American economy.  Read More

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Thermal Efficiency through Insulated Metal Panels

November 19, 2013

coldfactoryThe wintry months ahead can be especially demanding on the insulating properties of a building enclosure. Moisture from rain or snow can compromise the effectiveness of insulating materials, while frigid temperatures can exploit vulnerabilities like thermal bridges. All of these factors increase the risk of thermal inefficiency, which can hike energy expenses and cause temperature variability. Plant and building managers may find one solution in using insulated metal panels for the building envelope. A sophisticated building product, insulated metal is composed of a combination of materials that contribute to enhanced thermal resistance and improved sustainability. Insulated metal panels can be helpful in the overall operation of a building, making it more efficient and thereby using less energy.  Read More

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FABTECH Executive Roundtable Ponders Manufacturing's Many Obstacles

November 19, 2013

Manufacturers helped the nation pull through the Great Recession, and the sector is experiencing what some participants at FABTECH 2013 are calling a renaissance. A panel of manufacturing professionals discussed the state of the industry Monday during FABTECH, North America’s largest conference on metal manufacturing and technology. Read More

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Entrepreneurs More Likely to Outsource Than Delegate Work to Employees

November 19, 2013

Most entrepreneurs feel they work too much, yet a majority would rather outsource certain assignments than turn to their own employees to get the job done, according to a survey conducted by The Alternative Board. Read More

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The Great Deformation

November 19, 2013

In The Great Deformation, the David A. Stockman dissects what's wrong with today's monetary policies, where it all started, and why both sides of the aisle have their share of cronies and champions.  Read More

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Groups Weigh In on Assertion that Regulations Hinder U.S. Manufacturing

November 19, 2013

Federal regulations continue to pose a financial burden to manufacturing, according to a report published by the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI). Several trade and government groups offer their assessments of the situation.  Read More