Features

Features

March 1, 2015

Water Alarm

It’s critical for business to take strategic action now.

Think of groundwater as a savings account, a backup source to tap when other funds run dry. In the southwestern United States, the Colorado River Basin is the largest account, providing water to some 40 […] Read More

March 1, 2015

A Surprise Lift for Made in America

A little-noticed boost from Congress breathes life into the White House push to stimulate high-tech manufacturing.

Thirty years ago, Japan was overtaking the United States as the leading manufacturer of semiconductors. Major U.S. chipmakers and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) were alarmed that America was about to lose its global […] 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