manufacturing http://michiganradio.org en Shinola city clocks unveiled in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/shinola-city-clocks-unveiled-detroit <p>Shinola&nbsp;makes handcrafted wristwatches in Detroit, and now they're donating four clocks for display in the city.</p><p>Today they unveiled one of the Shinola City Clocks at Cobo Center. Other clocks are also located at Eastern Market, Midtown and the College for Creative Studies, according to the <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140307/BIZ/303070077/Shinola-unveils-downtown-clocks-gift-Detroit">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p><span style="font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: small; line-height: 13px;">The other three clocks, which also went up Friday, are at Eastern Market’s Shed 3, in Midtown at a future dog park at Cass and West Canfield, and at Shinola’s headquarters at the College for Creative Studies.</span></p></blockquote><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here's a video from </span><a href="http://detroit.curbed.com/archives/2014/03/shinola-unveils-detroits-4-new-street-clocks-and-locations.php" style="line-height: 1.5;">Curbed Detroit</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> showing the clock and its second hand at work.</span></p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:30:09 +0000 Mark Brush 16762 at http://michiganradio.org Shinola city clocks unveiled in Detroit Obama Administration to announce Detroit manufacturing institute http://michiganradio.org/post/obama-administration-announce-detroit-manufacturing-institute <p>CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago and the Detroit area stand to reap millions of dollars in federal grants and private sector investment as part of White House initiative to boost innovation in manufacturing and create jobs.<br /><br />The White House says President Barack Obama will announce Tuesday the creation of two manufacturing institutes. The Detroit-area institute will focus on lightweight metals, while the Chicago hub will push innovation in digital manufacturing and design.<br /> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 12:36:37 +0000 The Associated Press 16563 at http://michiganradio.org Obama Administration to announce Detroit manufacturing institute Red Ryder Daisy Air Rifle made in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/red-ryder-daisy-air-rifle-made-michigan <p>In the Wayne County city of Plymouth, a group is trying to preserve the last remnant of a factory that was once a deep part of the community - the Daisy Manufacturing Company.</p><p>Fans of the film "A Christmas Story" may recall the Red Ryder Daisy Air Rifle.</p><p>Yes, that red rifle that Ralphie pined for would have been made at the former Daisy Factory.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YleZvTSDC6s</p><p>Joining us is Wendy Harkins. She is president of the Plymouth Preservation Network.</p><p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 20:30:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 16041 at http://michiganradio.org Red Ryder Daisy Air Rifle made in Michigan In this morning's headlines: Roads funding, blight team in Detroit, manufacturing announcement http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-roads-funding-blight-team-detroit-manufacturing-announcement <p><strong>Roads will be a priority in 2014, lawmakers say</strong></p><p>"State legislative leaders say boosting funding for roads will top their priority list in 2014. Governor Rick Snyder has been urging lawmakers to increase road and infrastructure spending by more than a billion dollars," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Teams start counting vacant buildings to help fight blight in Detroit </strong></p><p>"A large-scale effort to count Detroit’s blighted and vacant buildings starts in earnest today. Seventy five teams of surveyors will assess and map more than 350,000 parcels of land across the city," Sarah Cwiek reports.</p><p><strong>Manufacturing announcement expected in Flint </strong></p><p>"Top officials with General Motors, the UAW and Michigan government will be in Flint today for what’s being called a “significant manufacturing” announcement. GM spokesmen are not saying what the announcement at the Flint Assembly Plant will be," Steve Carmody reports.</p><p> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 12:04:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15702 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: Roads funding, blight team in Detroit, manufacturing announcement One investment fund bets big on Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/one-investment-fund-bets-big-michigan <p>Can a Michigan investment fund make big money by investing only in mid-size Michigan companies?</p><p>That’s the idea behind the Michigan Prosperity Fund.</p><p>It’s the brainchild of Michigan native Martin Stein, founder and CEO of private equity firm Blackford Capital.</p><p>Stein previously based Blackford out of LA, but says he started noticing a trend: about 70% of the companies he invested in were in the Midwest and on the East Coast.</p><p>“So, on the business side, it made a lot of sense for us to be closer to where we were investing in companies,” says Stein.</p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 17:41:42 +0000 Kate Wells 14440 at http://michiganradio.org One investment fund bets big on Michigan Flint conference looking at ways to help Michigan's manufacturing industries http://michiganradio.org/post/flint-conference-looking-ways-help-michigans-manufacturing-industries <p>Federal, state and local government officials are meeting with Genesee County business leaders today to discuss ways to build up the county’s manufacturing industry.</p><p></p><p>After decades of decline, Genesee County’s manufacturing base has been growing since the recession.</p><p></p><p>Much of the growth has been tied to the auto industry.</p><p></p><p>Janice Karcher is with the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce. She says Flint-area manufacturers are about more than cars and trucks.</p><p></p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 14:30:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 14256 at http://michiganradio.org Flint conference looking at ways to help Michigan's manufacturing industries Detroit Bikes, manufacturing in the city, opens tonight http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bikes-manufacturing-city-opens-tonight <p>A&nbsp; Detroit-based bike manufacturer is holding its grand opening event tonight. Detroit Bikes is part of a mini-trend of companies like AutoBike and Detroit Bicycle. But it's the only company making bike frames in the city.</p><p></p><p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 18:00:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 14027 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit Bikes, manufacturing in the city, opens tonight New job seekers outpacing new jobs blamed for a slight rise in Michigan's unemployment rate in July http://michiganradio.org/post/new-job-seekers-outpacing-new-jobs-blamed-slight-rise-michigans-unemployment-rate-july <p>Michigan’s unemployment rate ticked up one tenth of one percent in July to 8.8%.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It’s the second consecutive month the state’s jobless number went up.&nbsp;&nbsp; The increase is blamed on the number of new job seekers entering the market outpacing the number of job openings.</p><p></p><p>Bruce Weaver is an economic analyst for the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget.&nbsp; He says the rising unemployment number should not be a concern.</p><p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 19:32:56 +0000 Steve Carmody 13990 at http://michiganradio.org Manufacturing a commuter bike in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/manufacturing-commuter-bike-detroit <p>There are a couple of relatively new companies making bikes in Detroit.</p><p><a href="http://www.shinola.com/">Shinola</a> makes them (along with watches, leather goods, and journals). <a href="http://detroitbicyclecompany.com/index.htm">Detroit Bicycle Company</a> makes 'em.</p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 19:56:50 +0000 Kyle Norris 13813 at http://michiganradio.org Manufacturing a commuter bike in Detroit Dutch manufacturers setting up shop in Brighton http://michiganradio.org/post/dutch-manufacturers-setting-shop-brighton <p>Michigan manufacturing is getting a boost from a group of Dutch companies which are starting production of a wide range of green technology products in Brighton.</p><p></p><p>This week, the companies are starting to roll out wind turbines, heat exchangers, &nbsp;water purification systems and other green technologies.</p><p></p><p>Jan Verwater is with the Michigan company partnering with the Dutch manufacturers. He says Michigan’s large production capacity gives it an advantage in attracting high tech businesses.</p><p></p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 20:13:07 +0000 Steve Carmody 13426 at http://michiganradio.org Metro Detroit continues relatively strong economic recovery http://michiganradio.org/post/metro-detroit-continues-relatively-strong-economic-recovery <p>New data from the Brookings Institution shows a relatively strong economic recovery going on in Metro Detroit.</p><p>The Brookings Institution’s MetroMonitor report has been watching how the country’s 100 largest metro areas recover from the Great Recession.</p><p>Metro Detroit has p<a href="http://www.brookings.edu/research/interactives/metromonitor#M19820-this-qtr-employment-mv">osted one of the strongest recoveries</a>—in part because the area slid into an earlier and deeper recession than most places around the country.</p> Tue, 01 Jan 2013 00:37:44 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 10576 at http://michiganradio.org Metro Detroit continues relatively strong economic recovery Commentary: Slight increase in manufacturing jobs in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-slight-increase-manufacturing-jobs-detroit <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">There&rsquo;s a phenomenon that happens sometimes after a major stock market crash which is known by the ghastly name, &ldquo;Dead Cat Bounce.&rdquo;&nbsp; We saw a lot of that back in the fall of 2008.</font></font></font></font></p> Wed, 09 May 2012 15:12:12 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 7399 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: Slight increase in manufacturing jobs in Detroit "Office in pocket" doesn't scare this office furniture company http://michiganradio.org/post/office-pocket-doesnt-scare-office-furniture-company <p>Steelcase, the world&rsquo;s largest office furniture maker <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/steelcase-celebrates-100-years-business-friday">is celebrating 100 years in business</a>. But sales of the metal filing cabinets Steelcase is named for are declining; same with traditional cubicles and other large pieces of office furniture.&nbsp;Steelcase is changing its identity. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6780 at http://michiganradio.org "Office in pocket" doesn't scare this office furniture company Steelcase celebrates 100 years of business Friday http://michiganradio.org/post/steelcase-celebrates-100-years-business-friday <p>Steelcase doesn&rsquo;t manufacture much office furniture in West Michigan anymore, but it still has about 3,000 employees here. They gathered for the birthday celebration at the Grand Rapids headquarters for cake and a balloon drop.</p><p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukJ6Zp-v-YQ">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukJ6Zp-v-YQ</a></p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 20:23:35 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6672 at http://michiganradio.org Steelcase celebrates 100 years of business Friday Meet the machine that makes most of the things in your life http://michiganradio.org/post/meet-machine-makes-most-things-your-life <p>This month, we&rsquo;re taking a look at some of the hidden assets of the industrial Midwest &ndash; the parts of our economy that don&rsquo;t often get noticed when we talk about our strengths.</p><p>We found one hidden asset right smack in the middle of our manufacturing sector. It&rsquo;s a machine that&rsquo;s in literally thousands of factories across the Midwest. And, though, you might not have heard of it before, the CNC machine &ndash; and the people who operate it &ndash; are at the core of our economy.</p><p>CNC stands for computer-numerically-controlled. And what the computerized machine does is it machines things. That sounds ridiculous unless you know that machine is not just a noun. It&rsquo;s also a specific manufacturing process. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 15:22:39 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 6632 at http://michiganradio.org Meet the machine that makes most of the things in your life Michigan-based solar technology company files for bankruptcy http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-based-solar-technology-company-files-bankruptcy <p>Energy Conversion Devices, Inc., a technology company based in Auburn Hills, Michigan filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection today.</p><p>The company makes thin laminates that convert sunlight to energy and &quot;has manufacturing facilities in Auburn Hills and Greenville, Michigan, as well as sites in Mexico and Canada,&quot; according to the <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204795304577222991181931050.html">Wall Street Journal</a>.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2012 21:08:02 +0000 Mark Brush 6216 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan-based solar technology company files for bankruptcy Cliffs Natural Resources scraps plans for UP nugget plant http://michiganradio.org/post/cliffs-natural-resources-scraps-plans-nugget-plant <p>If you&rsquo;ve been following our coverage of iron mining in the region, this might interest you.&nbsp; Cliffs Natural Resources, North America&rsquo;s biggest iron ore supplier, is <a href="http://ir.cliffsnaturalresources.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=647027">scrapping plans to build an iron nugget plant in Michigan&rsquo;s Upper Peninsula.</a></p><p>A nugget is just a little clump of very pure iron.&nbsp; Big deal?&nbsp; Well, here&rsquo;s why the new nugget technology matters &hellip; and why Cliffs spent years studying it in cooperation with Kobe Steel of Japan.</p><p>Remember, the iron-rich regions of Michigan and Minnesota:</p><ol><li>provided the iron ore</li><li>that made the steel</li><li>that helped the industrial Midwest <em>become</em> the industrial Midwest. Wed, 08 Feb 2012 20:17:42 +0000 Kate Davidson 6148 at http://michiganradio.org Cliffs Natural Resources scraps plans for UP nugget plant VP Joe Biden: America "will lead the world in the 21st century in manufacturing" http://michiganradio.org/post/vp-joe-biden-america-will-lead-world-21st-century-manufacturing <p>Vice President Joe&nbsp;Biden says good paying <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/manufacturing">manufacturing </a>jobs are vital to the U.S. economy and the American Dream of home ownership and upward mobility.</p><p>Biden made his comments following a tour of&nbsp;<a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/american-seating-company">American Seating&nbsp;Company</a> in Grand Rapids. The company has been making seats for busses, trains and stadiums in West Michigan for more than a century.</p><p>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s not the only source of good paying jobs but I see no way in which we can meet that American commitment to that dream unless we once again reestablish ourselves as the manufacturing hub of the world with high end products,&rdquo; Biden said. Wed, 01 Feb 2012 19:01:03 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6047 at http://michiganradio.org VP Joe Biden: America "will lead the world in the 21st century in manufacturing" Vice Pres. Joe Biden to return to Grand Rapids to promote Obama agenda http://michiganradio.org/post/vice-pres-joe-biden-return-grand-rapids-promote-obama-agenda <p>Biden visited a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/vice-president-biden-says-students-would-gain-%E2%80%9Cjobs-act">Grand Rapids Public High School back in October</a> to promote the President&rsquo;s jobs bill. Biden returns this week, this time he&rsquo;s expected to talk to workers at a manufacturing plant about the administration&rsquo;s tax plan that&rsquo;s supposed to boost American manufacturing.</p><p>Biden will visit <a href="http://www.americanseating.com/">American Seating Company </a>in Grand Rapids on Wednesday. American Seating Company has been making seats for tour busses, trains, and big stadiums for about 125 years. Dave McLaughlin is Vice President and General Sales Manager of Transportation Products Group at American Seating. He&rsquo;s been working there for 27 years. He says the&nbsp;company&nbsp;is trying not to view Biden&rsquo;s visit as simply a political event.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m sure there are people that are looking at it as a political event,&rdquo; McLaughlin said, &ldquo;We really need help as a nation in rebuilding our manufacturing infrastructure.&rdquo;</p><p>The company employs 500, mostly unionized workers. Most are in Grand Rapids, but all in the United States. McLaughlin says about 75-percent of the company&rsquo;s goods and services are sourced from companies based in Michigan, Ohio or Indiana.</p><p>&ldquo;We just like to do things here,&rdquo; McLaughlin said simply. &ldquo;Now having said that we clearly are in the minority.&rdquo; He says labor costs are the biggest challenge in staying in the U.S.</p><p><strong>So if labor costs are the challenge, what can the U.S. government help manufacturers out with?</strong></p><ol><li>Tax incentives: &ldquo;Certainly a way of mitigating that fact of life could be through tax breaks of one sort or another,&rdquo; McLaughlin said.</li><li>Strengthening the Buy America content provisions: &ldquo;They could raise that threshold to the point where it&rsquo;s more difficult for offshore organizations to meet,&rdquo; McLaughlin said.</li><li>Have local, state, national projects buy American made products: &ldquo;It seems ridiculous to me to see those dollars go offshore when quite often they don&rsquo;t get reinvested back into the United States,&rdquo; McLaughlin said. Mon, 30 Jan 2012 23:26:32 +0000 Lindsey Smith 6012 at http://michiganradio.org Vice Pres. Joe Biden to return to Grand Rapids to promote Obama agenda Why Apple products aren't made in America: A view from the Midwest http://michiganradio.org/post/why-apple-products-arent-made-america-view-midwest <p>Over the weekend, the New York Times ran a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/business/apple-america-and-a-squeezed-middle-class.html?_r=1">must-read story on why Apple products are not made in the U.S</a>.</p><p>And, earlier this month, This American Life devoted an hour to a <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/454/mr-daisey-and-the-apple-factory">stunning look at work conditions inside Apple&rsquo;s supplier factories in China</a>.</p><p>Not long after TAL&rsquo;s story ran, Apple released its annual progress report on suppliers in China. For the first time ever, the company&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/blog/2012/01/a-response-to-the-news-from-apple">issued a list of its suppliers and said it would allow an independent third party to audit its operations</a>.</p><p>But there&rsquo;s one claim in all this reporting that has particular relevance for the Midwest economy. Tue, 24 Jan 2012 18:01:36 +0000 Dustin Dwyer 5914 at http://michiganradio.org Why Apple products aren't made in America: A view from the Midwest