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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

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 and […] Read More

January 1, 2015

Is Amazon Your Next Competitor?

Critical lessons from the e-commerce frontier

Visit AmazonSupply.com and the first thing you’ll see is the number 2,250,000 plastered like a banner headline across the giant online retailer’s industrial goods portal. It’s the number of products on offer—up from a measly […] 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

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 couldn’t […] Read More