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January 1, 2015

Conflict, Compassion and Change

A stubborn CEO revives an industry, a physician laments his own, and a technologist’s optimistic polemic

Factory Man: How One Furniture Maker Battled Offshoring, Stayed Local—and Helped Save an American Town by Beth Macy. Little, Brown, 2014. My father was a furniture man. He owned a small-town furniture store until I […] Read More

January 1, 2015

Hiring Smarter

Recruiting worthy new talent requires an aggressive, multi-pronged program.

Recruiting skilled workers in the metals service industry can be intensely competitive. By most accounts, there is a significant shortage of qualified help for several reasons: an aging workforce of Baby Boomers starting to retire, […] Read More

January 1, 2015

Energy Beyond Fossil Fuels

Renewables can power the post-carbon fuel energy age—if we can improve energy storage.

As the middle class swells around the world, energy demands are increasing exponentially. China passed the United States in absolute energy use after nearly doubling its electrical power capacity between 2005 and 2010, and a […] Read More

January 1, 2015

The R&D Revolution

A new era of manufacturing innovation and profit powered by products and processes

If you’re looking for the car design of tomorrow, who ya gonna call? A steel mill? After holding steady through the recession, research and development spending is slowly gathering steam across American business. Among manufacturers […] Read More

January 1, 2015

Experience of a Lifetime

Don Hjortland, president of Precision Chrome Inc. and The Steel Supply Co., on change, risk and 70 years in the industry

“Give me your hand.”  Don Hjortland holds out his arm to help me balance atop a makeshift stool so I can peer into a chrome plating immersion tank. Moments earlier, I had lamented that I […] Read More