Chinese Overcapacity Played a Role in a Steel Plant Closure in Oregon
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by Elizabeth Bunch
21h ago
The former campus of the Columbia Steel Casting Company in Oregon. Photo courtesy Commercial Development Company, Inc. Former employee Charles Lehrer on how surging imports and a lack of investment led to the closure of a 121-year-old factory in Portland. The Alliance for American Manufacturing recently released a new report calling for stronger policy measures to combat China’s massive, unchecked overcapacity — and we warned that failing to do so will result in a catastrophic loss of jobs and production in the United States. But we know that it isn’t enough to hear just from us. Som ..read more
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There’s a Gathering of Party Leaders This Week That May Shift the World Economy, and It’s Not the RNC
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by Elizabeth Bunch
4d ago
The central business district in Beijing, China. Getty Images Hundreds of Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials are meeting for the secretive Third Plenum in Beijing, aiming to come up with plans to get the country’s economy back on track. Much of the world’s media spotlight this week is on the 2024 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Milwaukee, where former President Donald Trump and his fellow party members are making their case to voters ahead of the November election. But halfway around the world in Beijing, there’s another gathering of party leaders that likely will set the tone for ..read more
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Biden Administration Awards Grants for Electric Vehicles Manufacturing
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by Matthew McMullan
1w ago
Getty Images The grants allocate $1.7 billion for retooling projects across eight states. Will the program be here in 2025? The Biden administration on Thursday announced $1.7 billion in grants to retool 11 auto factories for the manufacture of electric vehicles (EVs) and their components.   Much of the money comes from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), the 2022 climate law that also includes consumer tax credits of up to $7,500 for the purchase of a new EV. And most of the grants will overhaul factories operated by General Motors and Stellantis, the parent company of Chrysler. The large ..read more
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Why Sheri Benjamin Took “The Path Less Followed” When Launching Menswear Brand Devium
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by Elizabeth Bunch
1w ago
“If I can support a fabric maker in the U.S., if I can support a zipper maker in the U.S., if I can support a family, legacy sewing house in the U.S., you know, that is what it is all about,” said Sheri Benjamin of Devium. “Our product is local to California and the U.S., and it is not on a barge polluting when it is being shipped here from places like China.” Photos courtesy Devium The California company works with suppliers across the country to make small-batch apparel entirely in the United States.  Sheri Benjamin spent much of her career in marketing, advising CEOs and corporate lead ..read more
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What Does the Official 2024 Republican Party Platform Say about Manufacturing and Trade?
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by Elizabeth Bunch
1w ago
The 2024 Republican platform clearly shows the influence of former President Donald Trump, who is seeking to retake the White House in November. Photo via Creative Commons by Gage Skidmore The GOP made sure to make manufacturing a key part of its 2024 platform. Here’s what is in it — and what is missing. The Republican National Convention is set for next week in Milwaukee, a blue-collar town with a strong manufacturing history. Former President Donald Trump is expected to come to the Cream City for the big event, where he and fellow Republicans will present their case to the American people fo ..read more
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Steel and Aluminum Groups Call for Action to Stop China from Exploiting Third-Party Countries to Dodge U.S. Tariffs
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by Elizabeth Bunch
1w ago
There’s growing concern that China is using Mexico to avoid U.S. trade enforcement like tariffs. Getty Images Organizations representing steel and aluminum manufacturers say the U.S. must do more to counter circumvention of U.S. trade laws. They aren’t the only industries feeling the pain, either. Back in May, the Biden administration announced it planned to place new tariffs on a number of imported products from China, including in strategically important industries like steel, aluminum, electric vehicles, semiconductors, solar cells, batteries, and more. As we noted at the time, this was cer ..read more
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The USMCA Has Strengthened the Domestic Auto Industry: USTR Report
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by Matthew McMullan
2w ago
Getty Images But there’s lots of room for improvement, argue its critics. The USMCA has strengthened the North American auto industry. But its rules are not without their challenges as the industry transitions from internal combustion to clean energy vehicles. That was the gist of a mandated report prepared for Congress by the office of the U.S. Trade Representative and released this week. It’s an examination specifically of the provisions pertaining to autos in the trade deal that replaced NAFTA in 2020. “Since the new (rules of origin) were made public in late 2018, manufactures have investe ..read more
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AAM at the Movies: The MoviePass Model Proves to be Fool’s Gold
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by Matthew McMullan
2w ago
Getty Images A few years ago, venture capital subsidized the company’s moviegoers. Today, new unsustainable business models can be found in select manufacturing industries. The Alliance for American Manufacturing is no stranger to documentaries. We found the Oscar-winning “American Factory” fascinating, for example. And if I could find a way to write at length about “American Movie” on this blog, believe me: I would. Oh, also, we produced one of our own. It’s called “Relighting the Flame“. It’s only about 26 minutes long; you can watch it on YouTube for free, after you finish reading this blog ..read more
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Watch: Why Enforcement of the Made in USA Label is So Important
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by Elizabeth Bunch
2w ago
Nothing makes us angrier than seeing an imported product falsely labeled as Made in America. Just in time for the Fourth of July, we’re out with a new video this week examining Made in USA country of origin labeling enforcement — why it’s important, how it’s been strengthened in recent years, and what needs to happen now to make it even stronger. Be sure to watch the video, which is embedded above and also posted on YouTube, and don’t forget to share it on social media, too ..read more
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AAM at the Movies: The Fictitious Great Man of “Jumanji”
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by Matthew McMullan
3w ago
Getty Images Just focus on the crazy jungle animals, not on the shoe factory in the film’s background. It’s that time again: Time for AAM to watch another movie ostensibly about manufacturing. This time, we’ve screened 1995’s “Jumanji.” Is it a little silly? Does it have a couple of plot holes? Yes and yes. But it mostly holds up!   Here’s the premise: “Jumanji” is the story of Alan, the teenage son of a wealthy and gruff New England industrialist (an important detail for our purposes) who in the 1960s digs a cursed board game – called, you guessed it, Jumanji – out of the ground at a con ..read more
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