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Can U.S. Manufacturing Outcompete China?

Chinese companies have been taking larger shares of the global manufacturing market, outpacing many of their U.S. counterparts primarily due to lower operating expenses and favorable labor costs. Yet many of China's advantages are eroding while U.S. manufacturing is becoming more competitive, meaning that the scales may soon tip in favor of American industry. For over a century, the United States...

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Offshoring vs. Reshoring: The Business Perspective

There is evidence that the great migration of manufacturing offshore is beginning to reverse. Here we look at whether offshoring or reshoring makes more business sense now and in the years ahead. A growing body of research shows evidence - albeit mostly isolated and anecdotal evidence - that many large companies are rethinking their offshore production locations. Some United States companies -...

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Thank You for Arguing

In Thank You for Arguing, author Jay Heinrichs highlights lessons gleaned from world-famous thinkers, debaters and even fictional characters to illustrate how to be persuasive while having an anger-free argument. Thank You for Arguing is your master class in the art of persuasion, taught by professors ranging from Bart Simpson to Winston Churchill. The time-tested secrets the book discloses...

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9 Simple (and Cheap) Energy-Saving Office Tips

It's possible to cut energy expenses in the workplace without investing capital or alienating employees. Consider these simple, cost-effective energy-reduction tips - your budget will thank you. While there's seldom a shortage of home energy-saving tips, the same can't be said for saving energy in the office. Some employees may be green-minded, but others may not. Regardless of the type of...

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Out of the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a Green Manufacturing Center Emerges

This summer in New York City, construction gets underway for the landmark Brooklyn Navy Yard's new Green Manufacturing Center. The Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. will invest $46 million in the LEED Silver-certified Green Manufacturing Center, which will be constructed in 18 months. The project will convert three former Navy ship building machine shops into a 220,000-square-foot sustainable...

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24 Countries on Track for High-Speed Rail

High-speed rail systems will be operational in 24 countries by 2014, new research indicates. As popularity for this advanced form of transportation grows worldwide, will the U.S. get on board? While 14 countries operate high-speed rail (HSR) systems today, in just two years that number will rise to 24, including China, France, Italy, Spain, Japan and the United States, independent research...

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Controversy Aside, Defining What Are Green Jobs in the U.S. [Infographic]

The nation's first-ever Green Goods and Services report has been in the spotlight of scrutiny, as critics question whether the Obama administration is classifying a broad range of employment as green jobs for political intentions ahead of the November presidential election. The controversy highlights a central question: What exactly are green jobs according to the federal government? In March,...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Manufacturing Declines for First Time in 3 Years

Plus: Unemployment Rate Remains Unchanged, Factory Orders Climb, U.S. Disputes Chinese Auto Tariffs and More Workers Suffer from Hearing Loss. U.S. Manufacturing Shrinks for First Time in 3 Years The United States manufacturing sector shrank in June, marking the first contraction since July 2009 and raising concerns about the stability of the ongoing economic recovery. According to the Institute...

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A Sustainable Packaging Framework for the Real World

You might think that sustainable packaging should be a no-brainer: Find ways to deliver products in containers that don't have to be incinerated or landfilled and don't end up clogging waterways or floating in the ocean in gigantic plastic islands. You could be forgiven for such an oversimplification. The problem of packaging is not small. As I wrote, packaging and containers make up 30.3 percent...

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Smog-Eating Roof Tiles Clean Up Surrounding Air

Green roofing systems already exist in the form of gardens and agriculture installations. One company, though, has introduced tile roofing that mitigates air pollution. Boral Roofing LLC, which provides sustainable clay and tile roofing solutions, provides a smog-eating roof technology that significantly reduces nitrogen oxide, a key component of smog, and was confirmed by a one-year study....

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