Factory orders mixed with a dash of anxiety

Dec 5, 2018
Business orders for factory goods are not quite so robust as earlier this year, and that may show up in the numbers this month. But what’s not slowing down is consumer demand for manufactured stuff.  Click the audio player above…

How does Adidas make shoes in days?

Mar 6, 2018
Making a pair of sneakers is a labor-intensive process, and it could take months. But Adidas is trying to change that. In its newly built Speedfactory in Germany, Adidas is making most parts of the shoes with machines. Marc Bain…

Denim makers are making jeans stretchier to get in on the athleisure market

Aug 1, 2017
Jean sales dropped 4.5 percent in 2014 and 3.4 percent in 2015 but are on the upswing this year, thanks, in part, to stretchier fabrics.
“Comfort is a key attribute that consumers are looking for in their denim jeans," said Kara Nicholas, vice president of product design and marketing at Cone Denim.
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Wood City: Cloquet, Minn., hopes to keep its identity after last matchstick factory closes

Jul 14, 2017
The Diamond Match factory is one of three major wood products plants in Cloquet, Minn. But it’s slated to close later this summer, leaving Cloquet with a hole in both its history and economy.
Smokestacks at the Diamond match factory in Cloquet tower over a pile of wood. 
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More car makers announce billions of dollars in US investment: is this the Trump effect?

Jan 9, 2017
Fiat Chrysler has announced it’ll invest about $1 billion to improve two of its plants in the U.S. It’ll bring 2,000 jobs as well. This comes after news of other automakers changing their operating plans , like Ford canceling a…

Shinola has perfect timing in Detroit

Jan 21, 2016
Starting a luxury brand in a bankrupt city isn't easy.
Shinola employs 260 people at its Detroit facility. Many of them are former auto workers, police officers and hospital workers
Tommy Andres

Sizzling summer nights: Working in a bacon factory

Apr 27, 2015
One woman remembers her first job.

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Microsoft bought Nokia, but how is the real economy?

Sep 3, 2013
A look at how factory numbers are affecting our domestic economy this week.

Factory data suggest economic pick-up

Jun 3, 2013
The Institute of Supply Management releases its survey of U.S. factories for the month of May today. In Europe, the latest factory ordering data are indicating modest economic improvement.

A solution to a garment industry crisis?

May 28, 2013
The solution to garment industry worker abuses could lay in the hands of an unexpected retailer.