Manufacturing

3:28pm

Thu June 13, 2013
Law

Tough New Gun Laws Drive Gun Makers To Move

Originally published on Thu June 13, 2013 4:35 pm

Josh Fiorini's Connecticut-based company builds high-end semi-automatic rifles. He says the state's tough new gun law gives him no choice but to move.
Joel Rose NPR

Firearms manufacturers are pulling up stakes in at least two of the five states that enacted tough new guns laws following the school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School last year.

In the months after those shootings, governors in New York, Connecticut and Maryland signed broad new bans on assault weapons. Delaware passed a law requiring universal background checks. Colorado adopted background checks and a ban on high-capacity magazines.

Read more

3:19am

Thu June 6, 2013
Business

Lenovo Holds Grand Opening For Its N.C. Assembly Plant

Originally published on Thu June 6, 2013 6:14 am

Johana Guardado assembles a laptop on Lenovo's new personal computer production line in Whitsett, N.C.
Leoneda Inge for NPR

Chinese computer maker Lenovo celebrated the opening of its first U.S. manufacturing plant in Whitsett, N.C., on Wednesday. The company is trying to boost its brand and U.S. market share. Other high-tech firms, including Motorola, have announced plans to manufacture in the U.S.

The Lenovo plant celebration was a patriotic affair. A large sign was on display featuring the American flag and the words "Assembled in the U.S."

Read more

3:59pm

Mon April 8, 2013
Business

One Manufacturing Giant Creates Winners And Losers

Originally published on Mon April 8, 2013 7:59 pm

Electrolux's new plant in Memphis, Tenn., is the Swedish appliance company's most modern and high-tech facility. The factory will open this summer while an Electrolux plant in Quebec, Canada, is being shuttered.
Andrea Hsu NPR

The United States lost close to 6 million manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2009. Now, slowly, some of those jobs are coming back. Over the past three years, the U.S. economy has gained a half-million manufacturing jobs.

But even with the manufacturing recovery, there are both winners and losers — and sometimes they're created by the same company.

Read more

6:33am

Thu April 4, 2013
Planet Money

50 Years Of Potato Chip Innovation, In 5 Animated GIFS

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 11:02 am

Lam Thuy Vo NPR

For more, watch our video: Secrets From A Potato Chip Factory.

Americans spend less on groceries than they did a few decades ago. That's partly because of new machines and technology that have made it much cheaper to produce food.

Read more

3:09pm

Wed April 3, 2013
Planet Money

How We Use Energy: Then And Now

Originally published on Wed April 3, 2013 9:14 pm

A drilling rig near Kennedy, Texas.
Eric Gay AP

Manufacturing in the U.S. still uses the most energy. But its share has been decreasing. That's partly because we've moved from energy-intensive manufacturing to a more service-based economy. And also partly because of a slowing population growth and improving energy efficiency.

Read more

Pages