Earlier this week, Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) Field Coordinator Dan Lawson shared a report about Maine’s paper industry that contained some unsettling news. According to Lawson, Maine’s once thriving paper has suffered some serious setbacks in the past few months.
In the latest bout of bad news for a state with a 10.8% unemployment rate (nearly 2% higher than the national average) the Honeywell Safety Products plant in Rock Island, RI closed its doors last week, leaving more than two hundred workers unemployed.
Today, Minnesota Gov. Mike Dayton and other officials will convene at the Faribault Woolen Mill in Faribault, MN to celebrate the re-opening of this historic textile factory.
The mill, which dates back to the 1890’s, has been closed since 2009, according to the Star Tribune. But today it begins a new life under new ownership and with a workforce of 31, including several former employees.
Today on Shift Changes we’d like to discuss a hypothetical shift—a shift that we’d certainly like to see, and given American’s affinity for made-in-USA products, we’re sure American consumers would appreciate as well.
As part of a series on American manufacturers that are bringing production back home, Bloomberg TVaired a story about American clothing company Karen Kane, which recently shifted the majority of its production from China to the U.S. The company reduced its overseas production from 50% to 20%, and now manufactures 80% of its clothing line in the U.S., a decision CEO Lonnie Kane says was made in the wake of mounting labor and shipping costs in China:
An Eagan, MN based company is helping its customers discover the benefits of outdoor entertaining—while they discover the benefits of domestic manufacturing.
According to The Outdoor GreatRoom Company, “The age of the Outdoor Room has arrived.” And given the company’s expansive collection of outdoor room essentials (fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, furniture, etc.)—and their growing customer base—we’d have to agree.