Forward

Forward

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

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

Border Bungle

Why our critical links with Mexico and Canada are still such a mess

The gauntlet can begin 50 miles south of the border. Northbound trucks from the Mexican interior, hauling anything from Sinaloa tomatoes to auto parts from Monterrey to bags of cement from Mexico City, are guided […] Read More

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