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Trade showdown

U.S. factories feel the pinch as the trade war continues

by Justin Ho Jul 1, 2019
A new report says factory activity barely grew in June, fueling concern about the trade war’s impact on U.S. manufacturing.
Containers are stacked on a vessel at the Port of Long Beach in California, including some from China Shipping, a conglomerate under the direct administration of China's State Council.
Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images

How trade policy changes are affecting one company in Columbus, Georgia

by Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios Jun 17, 2019
And how its customers are thinking about supply chains.
An employee at Goldens’ Foundry and Machine Co.’s Columbus, Georgia, facility.
Daisy Palacios/Marketplace

Durable goods slump in April

by Eve Epstein May 24, 2019
Orders for autos, metals and business machinery were all down.
A customer shops for washers and dryers at Lowe's in Burbank, Calif.
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
Marketplace Tech Blogs

After deadly crashes, added scrutiny for Boeing 737 software

by Jed Kim Mar 15, 2019
How a failure to train pilots on software led to deadly crashes.
A picture taken on December 9, 2011 in Paris shows the controls of a flight simulator in a reproduction of a Boeing 737 cockpit.
Joel Saget/AFP/Getty

What kind of manufacturing jobs are in America's future?

by Amy Scott Jan 31, 2019
Foxconn says building TV screens in Wisconsin doesn't make sense. But R&D and advanced manufacturing do.

GM Canada's company town has learned from past layoffs

by Emma Jacobs Dec 6, 2018
As the automaker's Oshawa, Ontario, plant has shed jobs, the local economy has been forced to diversify.
Image of the General Motors plant and headquarters in the 1940s.
Courtesy of the Archival Collection at the Oshawa Museum

What worries China's manufacturers more than tariffs? Labor shortages

by Jennifer Pak Dec 4, 2018
The country's workforce has shrunk 3 percent from 2012 to 2017; now its economy is slowing.
Huade High Voltage Electric needs a dozen more workers to keep up with demand.
Jennifer Pak/Marketplace

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To live in space, we have to build things in space

by Molly Wood Dec 3, 2018
Some companies are trying to move manufacturing to space.
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The Vermont quarry that provides most of Arlington National Cemetery's headstones

by Susan Kaplan Nov 27, 2018
For some in the quarry that provides the headstones, the work is personal.
Arlington National Cemetery
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As corporate earnings season rolls on, winners and losers emerge

by Mitchell Hartman and Marielle Segarra Oct 23, 2018
Tariffs are costing some companies plenty. Others are immune, at least for now, and benefiting from tax cuts.
“We have the highest prices in the world right now for aluminum and steel,” said Kristin Dziczek, a vice president at the Center for Automotive Research. Above, Ford Mustangs are assembled at a plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, in 2004.
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