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January 26, 2012
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FROM THE IW FORUMS

State of the Union Reaction: 'Finally Recognizing' Critical Role of Manufacturing
"Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI), expressed the joy that all of us feel that manufacturing has taken center stage..."
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Einstein and the U.S. Military on Solving Problems
"But how is it done?..."
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Is It 2008 Again?
"It that happening in Europe now?..."
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Pay Raises at Ford
"It's just more evidence that the U.S. auto industry is regaining its sea legs..."
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Seeking Economic Gains
"The USA has gas. A lot of it..."
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Re: The True Cost of Doing Business In China
"If a brand is recognized worldwide, it could be vulnerable to counterfeiting in countries with lax enforcement of regulations..."
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Executives Concerned About Leadership Shortage
"...organizations are going to have to invest more in talent priorities and initiatives..."
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If It Can Happen There...
"Credit tightening and the specter of inflation are having a negative impact on consumer spending in China..."
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European Insurers Face Challenges to Solvency II Compliance
"...insurers must re-engage with their asset managers..."
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Patricia Panchak Incentivizing and Revitalizing U.S. Manufacturing

The Manufacturing Reinvestment Account Act would allow companies to establish a manufacturing reinvestment account of up to $500,000 that is taxed at a low 15% rate and must be used to purchase equipment and facilities or for job training.

By Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-CT) and Donald A. Manzullo (R-IL)

The most recent Labor Department employment report showed 23,000 manufacturing jobs added in December, marking two consecutive years of job growth in this critical sector. While this is welcome news, it comes following a steep decline in manufacturing employment during the recession and is the first time the sector has experienced such an expansion in over a decade.

It is therefore critical that Congress and the Administration work together in a bipartisan fashion to further enhance support for U.S. manufacturing.

Over the last decade, the United States lost more than 56,000 manufacturing facilities and approximately 5 million manufacturing jobs. During much of that period, the U.S. economy was sustained by a housing bubble and growth in the financial sector, as well as other service-oriented professions.

While it is important to support the service-side of the American economy, without a strong manufacturing base we cannot expect to create the number of well-paying jobs we need to sustain a vibrant middle class and spurn long-term economic growth. We need to move from a country that consumes to one that builds again....

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Loren Thompson Viewpoint: Why Boeing's Not in Kansas Anymore

In the end, the Pentagon's 'price-shootout' strategy to break the impasse over the battle for the Air Force refueling-tanker contract drove jobs out of Wichita.

By Loren Thompson, COO, Lexington Institute

The Kansas congressional delegation is angry that Boeing has decided to close its aircraft plant in Wichita, and it should be.

Throughout a decade-long struggle to secure the Air Force's next-generation tanker contract, the delegation vigorously supported Boeing's bid because the company said it intended to do much of the modification work at the Wichita facility.

Boeing finally won the contract by bidding very aggressively. But now the company says the Wichita site is too expensive, and it will do tanker modifications at its commercial-transport complex in Washington state.

So of course the Kansas delegation feels betrayed....

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