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Trump’s Tariffs May Hurt, but Quitting China Is Hard to Do

October 8th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Alexandra Stevenson PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The worsening trade war between the United States and China has intensified pressure on companies to leave China and set up factories in places like Cambodia, a verdant country of 16 million people with low wages and high hopes. But anybody who moves here may have to deal with […]

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Manufacturers Increase Efforts to Woo Workers to Rural Areas

October 8th, 2018

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By Ellen Rosen They call it the “Not So Heavy Metal” tour. It’s a lighthearted effort by Minnesota-based Alexandria Industries to introduce middle and high school students — as well the general public — to manufacturing. While the name is humorous, it belies an issue that is anything but. The component manufacturing company, with about 550 […]

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Meet the Woman in Charge of Building the Best-Selling Pickup Truck in America

October 3rd, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Tiffany Hsu DEARBORN, Mich. — Straight out of college, statistics degree in hand, Debbie Manzano started working for Ford keeping an eye on the glass production process at the company’s massive Rouge complex in Michigan. Six Ford factories and 24 years later, after stints in engineering, production and quality inspection around the country, she’s back […]

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Unraveling a Tesla Mystery: Lots (and Lots) of Parked Cars

October 3rd, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Neal E. Boudette Elon Musk’s settlement of a securities-fraud case has removed a cloud over the company and its leader. But another remains: how its electric-car production is measuring up against Mr. Musk’s ambitious forecasts, a matter that a federal regulator is still investigating. One group of internet sleuths thinks it has found clues in plain sight, […]

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Manufacturing Growth Slows in September Amid Labor, Trade, and Inflation Woes

October 3rd, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Dee DePass Star Tribune Manufacturing growth slowed in Minnesota and eight other central states during September amid troubles with worker shortages, trade tariffs and rising prices for raw materials, according to an economic report released Monday by Creighton University. The nine-state Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell to 57.5 in September, from August’s extraordinarily strong 61.1. Economists […]

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How to Read Your Homeowners Policy

October 2nd, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Mark Vallet, Insure.com Your home is likely your most valuable asset, and a homeowners insurance policy is an important part of protecting your home and your belongings. If you have a mortgage on your home, your lender probably required you to get a homeowners policy. Even without a mortgage, homeowners insurance is still your best […]

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Privacy Is New Hot Workplace Issue for EPLI Claims

October 2nd, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Dick Clarke About 40 percent of employment practices liability policies (EPLI) that I review fail to cover allegations of employment-related breach of privacy. These range from complaints that the employer failed to protect sensitive medical information properly to accusations of “spying” in areas such as locker rooms where employees might have a reasonable expectation […]

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Do You Need An Umbrella Policy?

September 25th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By Amy Fontinelle It’s impossible to predict whether you might lose a lawsuit resulting from a car accident or an accident on your property. Nor is it possible to predict the amount that might be awarded to the winning party, an amount that you would be responsible for paying. To protect yourself against the possibility of […]

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How 3D Printing Is Empowering SMBs in Manufacturing’s Digital Transformation

September 17th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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Written by: Jon Wayne Advancements in technology continue to democratize and level the playing field for consumers and small businesses by providing access to markets and materials previously unavailable outside of large enterprises and institutions. For example, the microchip – now more than 60 years old – first debuted on the market in 1961 at $32 per […]

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3 Trends Driving Modern Manufacturing Innovation

September 17th, 2018

Chris Larmore

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By: Brian Hughes The world of software is coming full circle to cater to the physical needs of modern manufacturing, culminating in a new movement called Industry 4.0. Industry 4.0 is the integration of manufacturing automation and data exchange, to create what has been dubbed as a “smart factory.” These factories will be controlled by a […]

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