There’s more to American business than Facebook and french fries: manufacturing still matters. To keep your finger on the pulse, try Manufacturing.net, a site that follows eight big manufacturing sectors:
- Chemical and Petroleum
- Electrical and Electronics
- Food and Beverage
- Heavy Machinery
- Pharmaceuticals and Biotech
Here are four recent articles for your recommended reading list.
… the Federal Reserve will continue its policy of keeping primary interest rates low through the end of 2012, making financing cheap and available through the next year. For large manufacturing corporations, this is good news as they will continue to be able to find low-cost financing for capital improvements and equipment replacement.
… as the globe shrinks, and developing countries become more sophisticated with their businesses, it will be in the best interest of U.S. manufacturers to truly understand the value of mobility as a globally relevant competitive advantage.
America, The Blend Hub. Excerpt:
These may be our nations greatest assets: our love of invention and respect for risk taking, our readiness to take a chance, and our willingness to collaborate. This is what Europe is looking for, and this is what we can and should provide.
Kickstart Your Heart. Excerpt:
Since [Kickstarter’s] launch in April 2009, more than $350 million has been pledged to projects by more than 2.5 million people, funding more than 30,000 projects.