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Manufacturing: The China Inc. model

Feb 2, 2021
Why is it sometimes cheaper for U.S. consumers to buy goods from China than from local vendors?
A worker in a southern China shoe factory. Many Chinese manufacturers say they are making goods Americans no longer want to produce.
Charles Zhang/Marketplace

Manufacturing needs workers. Chicago has plenty. Where’s the disconnect?

Dec 11, 2019
A high rate of unemployment persists in some parts of Chicago, despite a worker shortage in manufacturing.
Production supervisor David Casarrubias monitors a fabric-cutting machine at Freedman Seating company in Chicago.
Esther Yoon-Ji Kang

China's struggling shoe components suppliers contemplate their futures

Oct 4, 2019
Three shoe component suppliers discuss the U.S.-China trade war and the changes they have seen in the last few decades.
A shoe heel manufacturer in southern China's Dongguan city exports mainly to the U.S.
Shanghai 808 Studio

Satisfied with Trump in rural Pennsylvania

Feb 20, 2018
We check in with small business owners about changes they've seen with Trump as president.
Union City, Pennsylvania — population 3,300, is located in the rural outskirts of Erie.

How does manufacturing in Erie feel about tax reform?

Oct 19, 2017
There's some optimism, but it's not because of the GOP's tax plan.
Work gloves are viewed on the factory floor of a high end plastic processor on October 2011 in Reading, Pennsylvania. 
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

U.S.-owned factories in Mexico welcome the prospect of NAFTA changes

Jun 27, 2017
Maquila owners say the current version makes it a harder to operate in Mexico compared to the U.S.
Alberto Martinez welds steel at a maquila owned by Metal Industries of Florida.
Lorne Matalon

Economists say the bottom line beats presidential callouts for manufacturers

Jun 23, 2017
President Trump’s practice of calling out major U.S. corporations to publicly pressure them to keep jobs in the U.S. has been well publicized since the 2016 election campaign. Trump has in the past, for example, criticized the air conditioning company Carrier for plans to move jobs to Mexico. He then took credit when the company […]

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