• March 27, 2012  

    WTTW Chicago reports on an Illinois company trying to fill highly skilled, high-tech jobs and why other advanced-manufacturing companies are facing similar problems as parents and students shun manufacturing jobs over perceived stigmas and concerns about the long-term viability of the industry in America. Continue reading

  • January 26, 2012  

    As President Obama and GOP presidential candidates talk about reviving the U.S. manufacturing sector in hopes of creating jobs, how realistic is that goal in the face of continued outsourcing and machines filling jobs once held by humans? Ray Suarez speaks with three experts about the challenges and demand for skilled workers. Continue reading

  • October 28, 2011  

    Two years ago, Whirlpool shuttered a factory in Evansville, Ind., and transferred production to Mexico after the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement. In this excerpt from “Need To Know,” correspondent Rick Karr reports on what has happened in Evansville after the company’s move south. Continue reading

  • October 18, 2011  

    After the Obama administration-embraced solar-panel company Solyndra collapsed and defaulted on its government-backed loans, the surging U.S. solar industry is suddenly worried that the subsidies it receives — tax credits and loans guarantees — could dry up in the face of opposition from conservatives. Spencer Michels reports. Continue reading

  • July 19, 2011    

    One more day’s worth of reaction to our Lincoln Electric story, which has generated so much comment on PBS’ Facebook page. It comes from Frank Koller, the Canadian journalist we interviewed, author of the book on Lincoln, “Spark.” Frank read … Continue reading

  • July 13, 2011   BY  

    Editor’s Note: On Wednesday’s program, a look at an improbable Rust Belt success story. With a guaranteed no-layoff policy and average pay of almost $70,000 this year, Lincoln Electric is atypical of U.S. companies. We last visited the Cleveland, Ohio … Continue reading

  • April 4, 2011    

    Paul Solman answers questions from NewsHour viewers and web users on business and economic news most days on his Making Sen$e page. Here’s Monday’s query: Name: Paul Menzel Question: I understand that it is more profitable for high-tech companies to … Continue reading

  • April 4, 2011    

    Name: Paul Menzel Question: I understand that it is more profitable for hi-tech companies to have their devices manufactured overseas (primarily Asia) than to manufacture them domestically. Could these companies manufacture their products in the U.S. and still make a … Continue reading

  • December 1, 2010  

    With unemployment holding steady above 9 percent, the jobs market looks bleak. But there is one industry that has added jobs: manufacturing. Ash-har Quraishi of Chicago News Cooperative reports on one public school that’s retooling to help its graduates take advantage of these jobs. Continue reading

  • September 15, 2010  

    A drop in tourism and manufacturing has left the Mexican state Baja, California, with a struggling economy. Jose Luis Sierra of New America Media reports on how the drug war and recession have played a role. Continue reading

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