Mon March 19, 2012

‘Help Wanted’ Common Request for Colorado Manufacturing Companies in 2011

Joost J. Bakker Ijmuiden/via Creative Commons

The manufacturing sector was a major contributor in 2011 to job postings across Colorado--although many of the job descriptions aren't what you'd expect.

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Mon March 5, 2012

Are Tax Breaks The Right Move For Manufacturing?

Originally published on Fri March 9, 2012 8:51 am

A welder at Specialty Fab in North Lima, Ohio, works March 1 on a piece of a compressor skid frame that is bound for the Ohio Shale project. Manufacturing companies such as Specialty Fab could receive tax breaks if a proposal from the Obama administration goes through.
Jim Watson AFP/Getty Images

The White House says restoring the U.S. manufacturing sector is an essential part of getting the economy back on track.

GOP candidate Rick Santorum wants to see tax breaks for manufacturing companies, and the Obama administration proposed something similar last week. But economists say tax breaks may not be the best way to help manufacturers right now.

Over the years, the steady loss of good factory jobs is a big reason why wages have stagnated for people who never went to college, says Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

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Thu February 23, 2012
Planet Money

A Revival In American Manufacturing, Led By Brooklyn Foodies

Originally published on Tue May 22, 2012 8:56 am

Every week, Robert Stout of Kings County Jerky slices meat by hand.
Adam Lerner

One day Chris Woehrle decided to finally leave his corporate job and pursue his dream: to become an artisanal food craftsman. And so, every day at home, he'd basically pickle stuff.

"I had a refrigerator full of plastic food buckets that were full of pickles and kimchee and sauerkraut and harissa and salsa and ketchup and mustard and, you know, any kind of craft food you could make," Woehrle says.

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