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Coal, nuclear, natural gas, renewables and oil are all going head-to-head for dominance of the energy market — will we see a shift in the balance of power next year? Bloomberg looks at energy trends to watch in 2016.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 5, 2015 American Made Matters Day: A Call-to-Action for Consumers ADAMSTOWN, P.A. – American Made Matters, an organization dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying American-made products, is holding the 3rd annual American Made Matters Day on November 19th. The purpose of the event is for consumers to buy at least one U.S.-made product on this day, and to encourage consumers to buy made-in-USA products throughout the upcoming holiday season to show their support for US manufacturing. November 19th has been declared American Made Matters Day not just because of the positive impact that manufacturing has on jobs, but also on local communities, the U.S. economy, product safety, the environment, and the future of America. A resolution has been passed in Pennsylvania and Colorado declaring November 19th as American Made Matters Day, and a resolution has been introduced in Alabama and New York. To celebrate American Made Matters Day, events will be held in thirty locations throughout the United States. These events will show the two American Made Matters videos, provide information to consumers, and give consumers the ability to buy U.S.-made products. Some locations will offer food and music. Over forty American Made Matters members, including Todd Shelton, Carole S. Miller Handbags, hats.com, K’NEX, and Ball and Buck, will be offering online sales and specials which will be available on the American Made Matters blog. Bollman Hat Company will again conduct tours in their historic Adamstown, PA factory, the oldest hat factory in America, as well as launch a Kickstarter campaign to bring the iconic Kangol 504 hat production from China to Adamstown, creating 41 new jobs in Pennsylvania. Tacony Manufacturing, which proudly builds Maytag Vacuums, Riccar Vacuums and Simplicity Vacuums, will be offering an open house with factory tours, food and door prizes at their facility in St. James, MO, from 10 AM to 2 PM. Joy Petty, Director of Marketing, said, “We’re delighted to be hosting this American Made Matters Day event to showcase not only the pride we put into every vacuum we build, but also what several other manufacturers in the area are doing to support the USA. After hearing more about the American Made Matters movement, you’ll be amazed at the power you hold in your pocketbook.” Don Rongione, President and Founder of American Made Matters, says, “Buying American made products creates jobs, stronger communities, independence and security for our country, an improved national economy, safer products, and a more environmentally friendly planet. Each of us can make a difference every time we make a purchase. American Made Matters Day was created as a call to action to use our individual purchasing power on November 19 and during the holiday shopping season to make a difference for our future.” The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that every $1 spent on American-made goods invests an additional $1.32 in the U.S. economy. If Americans dedicated just a small portion of their holiday shopping budget to buying American-made goods, it could have a very positive impact on our economy. In fact, according to ABCNews, if each American family spent just an extra $49.95 on American-made goods, the spending would generate 150,000 American jobs. About American Made Matters®: American Made Matters® was launched on July 4, 2009 by the Bollman Hat Company, America’s oldest hat manufacturer. It is the only organization committed to promoting American-made goods that is run by manufacturers. It has over 375 member companies located in 45 states of the 50 US states. For more information, visit http://www.americanmadematters.com, or like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AmericanMadeMatters. ###
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Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control 11/2/2015 Near-shoring – the locating of manufacturing and production close to end markets – is gaining traction and, along with reshoring, chipping away at China’s offshore manufacturing empire. A 2015 survey of manufacturing and distribution companies serving North America and Western Europe by AlixPartners shows an acceleration in near-shoring. Thirty-two percent of respondents reported that they have already near-shored or are in the process of doing so to meet end-market demand. Forty-eight percent said they are likely to engage in near-shoring activities within the next one to three years. The shift away from China manufacturing may be small compared to the massive size of the country’s manufacturing sector. But it may be affecting China’s economic growth. In recent months, China’s economic growth has stalled below 7 percent. That growth is still huge compared with growth in developed economies, but it’s small compared with the country’s rapid economic expansion in recent decades. “My very rough estimate is that 400,000 jobs have moved out of China so far,” Harry Moser, founder and president of the Reshoring Initiative, told Design News. “Is that enough for a dent given that China has 100 to 150 million manufacturing workers? I’d say yes, and it’s certainly a huge impact versus shifting maybe 400,000 jobs a year into China from abroad.” Moser noted that the trend away from offshoring manufacturing in China is not exclusive to the US. “This is happening in all developed countries and even some developing countries,” said Moser. “[South] Korea has a program to reshore from China.” While AlixPartners pegs Mexico as the winner in near-shored manufacturing of goods headed for the US and Canadian markets, Moser believes the US will get the bulk of that production work. “Of the work shifting out of China to be sold in North America, our best estimate, based on surveys, is: 40 percent is going to the US; 25 percent to Mexico; a little to Canada; and the rest to Vietnam, Cambodia, India, and others,” said Moser. Moser sees the shift away from China manufacturing as a long-term trend that will force the country to develop its domestic market in order to make up for the loss. “Robust growth [in China] based on exports is history,” said Moser. “Future growth will depend on domestic consumption.”
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