Manufacturers recovering as service industry continues to suffer

Nov 25, 2020
Orders for big-ticket items are a rare economic bright spot. But many businesses that rely on in-person customers are hurting.
Workers manufacture face shields in New York. Demand is healthy for medical and cleaning supplies.
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A Biden presidency won't change what many Chinese exporters are doing

Nov 18, 2020
Chinese exporters have found ways to deal with the extra U.S. tariffs and those plans are not set to change under President-elect Joe Biden.
Changjian Shoe factory has moved much of its shoe production for the U.S. market from China to other countries in Southeast Asia in order to avoid U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods.
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Despite business doing well during the pandemic, this manufacturer is nervous about the future

Oct 29, 2020
A check-in with Cary Quigley, president of Sterling Technologies in Erie County, Pennsylvania.
Factory workers at Erie's Sterling Technologies in 2017.
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Chinese exporter's take: Biden or Trump?

Oct 27, 2020
Some Chinese manufacturers do not expect the trade tensions with the U.S. to change much even with a Biden presidency.
Midnight Charm lingerie factory has been attempting to expand markets in Europe, Africa and the Middle East because of the U.S. tariffs imposed on its products.
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How COVID-19 changed this U.S. clothing manufacturer

Oct 19, 2020
Los Angeles-based Lefty Production Co. became a PPE manufacturer to remain essential. But will the need for U.S.-made masks and gowns remain?
Above, a worker at Lefty Production in Los Angeles. CEO Marta Miller thinks brands ordering less inventory in the wake of the pandemic could help drive American manufacturing.
Ira Joffe, courtesy of Lefty Production Co.
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Manufacturing is doing all right, for now

Sep 2, 2020
The Purchasing Manager's Index shows growth, but these happy days may not be here to stay.
A face shield manufacturer at work in New York. Manufacturing was up dramatically in August.
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Why bringing manufacturing jobs to the U.S. from China is "highly unlikely"

Aug 27, 2020
Trade is not a "job creation kind of thing," Chad Bown says.
Chad Bown, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, does not think the trade war with China has been worth it in terms of how much it has actually cost Americans.
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Cities that rely heavily on tourism hit hardest by COVID-19 job losses

Jun 5, 2020
April figures show communities that rely on manufacturing are also hurt by job losses, but they may see improvement more quickly.
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What will manufacturing look like as companies start to reopen?

May 27, 2020
Even in sectors where demand is high, the coronavirus has slowed production.
More automation could be a solution to crowded, hands-on production lines.
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