What Happened When a Chinese Glassmaker Opened a New Factory in an Old GM Plant

Netflix made the documentary film “American Factory” available for streaming on Wednesday. The flick is garnering a ton of attention for the company backing it — Higher Ground Productions, which is run by Barack and Michelle Obama — and it is a likely Oscar-contender, having nabbed the U.S. Documentary Directing prize at the Sundance Film Festival. … Read moreWhat Happened When a Chinese Glassmaker Opened a New Factory in an Old GM Plant

China’s Government Wants to Dominate the Electric Vehicle Market. BYD is its Champion.

Remember when the federal government almost shut down earlier this year? It was like 10,000 crises ago, but Congress managed to piece together a spending compromise that kept the government open. During those negotiations, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) quietly blocked a bipartisan effort to stop Chinese companies from using taxpayer dollars to build … Read moreChina’s Government Wants to Dominate the Electric Vehicle Market. BYD is its Champion.

America’s Spies Considering What Happens if Huawei Wins the 5G Race

There was a really interesting story published Monday morning in Politico about the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment of Huawei, the Chinese telecom giant it largely sees as a security threat because of its ties to the Chinese military. They spent the weekend gaming out what it would look like if Huawei indeed emerges over its … Read moreAmerica’s Spies Considering What Happens if Huawei Wins the 5G Race

Don’t Worry, Everybody. Huawei is Totally Cool. Nothing to See Here.

One of the big sticking points in the ongoing U.S.-China trade debate is over whether Huawei, the massive Chinese telecommunications company, will be allowed to continue to operate in the United States. Bipartisan lawmakers like Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) are among those who say … Read moreDon’t Worry, Everybody. Huawei is Totally Cool. Nothing to See Here.

Majority of Americans Have An Unfavorable Opinion of China, Pew Study Finds

During the 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, many Americans were concerned about the nuclear threat posed by communist nations like the Soviet Union (along with the emerging People’s Republic of China). Thankfully, cooler heads prevailed. The Cold War ended with the fall of the Soviet Union, and the United States largely avoided a … Read moreMajority of Americans Have An Unfavorable Opinion of China, Pew Study Finds

Let’s Get This Legislation Over the Finish Line

Congress is out of session for the August recess, which means that the nation’s legislative business is on hold for a few weeks. But Members have a packed agenda waiting for them when they return in the fall, including finalizing the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). It’s a massive bill that authorizes the Defense Department, … Read moreLet’s Get This Legislation Over the Finish Line

After Years in China, This American Manufacturer Made a Mighty Move

When Texas entrepreneur Jack Clark created a durable, lightweight utility cart in 1994, he built his first 1,000 carts in Houston. By 1997, Clark moved production of his all-purpose movable carts to China. After all, isn’t this what most businesses were doing to increase profit margins? After 11 years of dealing with the frustrations of … Read moreAfter Years in China, This American Manufacturer Made a Mighty Move

Ohio Program Recruits and Trains High School Students for Factory Jobs of the Future

Right now, there are more than 4,000 advanced manufacturing jobs available in Northeast Ohio. By 2030, there could very well be 50,000 of these jobs. Who is going to fill them? Figuring out how best to recruit and train young people for the factory jobs of the future is one of the biggest questions facing … Read moreOhio Program Recruits and Trains High School Students for Factory Jobs of the Future

Move to Missouri or Lose Your Job: GM Workers Facing Hard Choices

“Around here the best stuff is $16 an hour, an hour, hour and a half from my house. Anything else is nine to 11 dollars, and that just doesn’t cut it. When I was working that before I started at GM, my credit cards just kept getting fuller and fuller just trying to make it.” … Read moreMove to Missouri or Lose Your Job: GM Workers Facing Hard Choices

What is Currency Manipulation? Why is Trump Saying China Does It? Why Does This Matter?

The United States and China have been at odds over trade for quite some time now, but things usually have stayed polite. Tariffs were issued, threats were leveled, but everybody still made a big point to project calm (well, relative to this administration, anyway). President Trump even took pains to talk about how he and … Read moreWhat is Currency Manipulation? Why is Trump Saying China Does It? Why Does This Matter?

Chinese Yuan Drops after Trump Announces More Tariffs

Trade warrin’! The Trump administration is still deep in a trade dispute with the Chinese government. Last week President Trump sent U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to Shanghai for high-level talks with Vice Premier Liu He … US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer shows his Chinese counterpart an example of the … Read moreChinese Yuan Drops after Trump Announces More Tariffs

These American-Made Lawn Chairs Have an Old School Flair

Lawn chairs are an American classic and a sure sign of summer. They are used to relax on your front porch, share a meal at barbecues, or to gather with friends around a bonfire. But for one Florida company, they are also a family tradition. Founded by Gary Pokrandt, Lawn Chair USA has been making … Read moreThese American-Made Lawn Chairs Have an Old School Flair

As the Latest Debates End in Michigan, GM Closes Another Plant

The dust has settled on another round of Democratic primary debates. Michigan returns to normal. And 30 minutes down the road from the debate stage GM is getting ready to close another auto plant. The company announced last November that it would be idling indefinitely four such plants: One near Baltimore, another in Lordstown, Ohio … Read moreAs the Latest Debates End in Michigan, GM Closes Another Plant

Biden’s Record Was in the Spotlight During the Second Democratic Debate, Including on Trade

Well, we made it. The second night of the second Democratic presidential debates is in the books, and some key manufacturing issues did make it into the spotlight on Wednesday night in Detroit, including trade. Although this go-around lacked some of the passion featured on the first night — Sens. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) and Elizabeth … Read moreBiden’s Record Was in the Spotlight During the Second Democratic Debate, Including on Trade

The Dems Take the Motor City for Round One of the Debates, and Trade Comes Up

On Tuesday night, 10 of the 24 Democratic candidates—Montana Gov. Steve Bullock; South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg; former Rep. John Delaney (Md.); former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper; Sen. Amy Klobuchar (Minn.); former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas); Rep. Tim Ryan (Ohio); Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.); Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.); and author Marianne Williamson—faced off in … Read moreThe Dems Take the Motor City for Round One of the Debates, and Trade Comes Up

Detroit Provides the Right Backdrop for 2020 Democratic Candidates to Talk Manufacturing

The second round of the 2020 Democratic presidential debates begin on Tuesday night in Detroit, and it’s make or break time for many of the candidates. We’re looking at you, Bill de Blasio. You might remember that last time around, trade and manufacturing didn’t come up all that much. On night two, some of the … Read moreDetroit Provides the Right Backdrop for 2020 Democratic Candidates to Talk Manufacturing

American Manufacturing is All Around Us — You Just Might Not Always Notice

When you think about Made in America, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Is it that big music festival in Philly? Or perhaps it’s the final episode of The Sopranos? If you come to this blog often, “Made in America” probably makes you think of some great locally made products — things like … Read moreAmerican Manufacturing is All Around Us — You Just Might Not Always Notice

More Manufacturing USA? Yes, Please.

Breakin’! We’ve got some breakin’ news: The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill. And no, it wasn’t about renaming a Post Office, and it didn’t have anything to do with selective interpretations of the Mueller report: It was about manufacturing policy. In fact, manufacturing policy will be improved by this bill. That’s pretty … Read moreMore Manufacturing USA? Yes, Please.

New Legislation Aims to Revive America’s Shockingly Small Shipbuilding Industry

The United States is in the midst of an energy boom and is exporting a lot of liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the rest of the world. But there’s a problem: The U.S. doesn’t have enough American-made ships to transport it. Well, it doesn’t have any, actually. The good ‘ole U-S-A is entirely reliant on … Read moreNew Legislation Aims to Revive America’s Shockingly Small Shipbuilding Industry

They’ve Already Messed with Tom Cruise’s Jacket in the New Top Gun Movie

A new Top Gun movie is coming out! Word is it will be called Top Gun: Back in the Habit. No, that’s not right … it’ll be called Top Gun: The Quickening.  No! Wrong! It will be called Top Gun: Maverick, in reference to the call sign of the first movie’s pilot protagonist, played by … Read moreThey’ve Already Messed with Tom Cruise’s Jacket in the New Top Gun Movie

Generation Z More Likely Than Millennials to Pursue Work in Manufacturing, Poll Finds

Millennials are over — the next generation is about to enter the workforce, and new polling reveals they could be more likely than their immediate predecessors to enter manufacturing. Leaning2Lead (L2L), a data and software analysis company, found that 27 percent of Generation Z said they are willing to work in manufacturing. That figure might … Read moreGeneration Z More Likely Than Millennials to Pursue Work in Manufacturing, Poll Finds

Eight Lessons America Can Learn from International Apprenticeship Programs

Apprenticeships are often touted as key to preparing the next generation of Americans for work in advanced manufacturing. While employers have hired about 536,000 apprentices since Jan. 1, 2017, it’s clear more can be done to strengthen these programs in the United States and attract more young people to careers in the skilled trades. Other … Read moreEight Lessons America Can Learn from International Apprenticeship Programs

How Congress Can Address Climate Change, Create Jobs and Support U.S. Manufacturers

The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis – a special Congressional panel established in 2019 with the mandate of exploring ways to address climate change – held a hearing on Tuesday that caught our eye. Now, astute readers of this blog know that the Alliance for American Manufacturing is supportive of efforts to clean … Read moreHow Congress Can Address Climate Change, Create Jobs and Support U.S. Manufacturers

House Acts to Block Federal Funding for Rail Cars Built by Chinese State-Owned Companies

A big step in the right direction. The House of Representatives on Friday passed the annual spending bill for the Defense Department, and the legislation included language to block federal transit dollars from being spent on electric rail cars made by Chinese state-owned companies. The provision included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed … Read moreHouse Acts to Block Federal Funding for Rail Cars Built by Chinese State-Owned Companies

Thanks to Stranger Things, American-Made Madrid Skateboards are Back in the Spotlight

Let’s take a journey back to the future in the world of skateboarding. Skateboarding first gained popularity in the 1960s, as California surfboard companies began manufacturing the short boards equipped with wheels for riding on land on days when the ocean waves were flat. Skateboarding became a way to “sidewalk surf.” Most of the early … Read moreThanks to Stranger Things, American-Made Madrid Skateboards are Back in the Spotlight

America’s Infrastructure Badly Needs Work — and Remember, It’s More Than Just Roads

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of infrastructure? Probably roads, right? Maybe bridges? Roads and bridges are often the photo that accompany news stories on infrastructure, after all. But infrastructure — no joke — is more than just what we build to drive around on. Infrastructure powers our communities. Infrastructure … Read moreAmerica’s Infrastructure Badly Needs Work — and Remember, It’s More Than Just Roads

Four Senators Aim to Close Buy America Loopholes

The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) has some breaking news to share! From the Office of Good Ideas: Four U.S. senators from the Midwest — Sherrod Brown (D) and Rob Portman (R) from Ohio, Gary Peters (D) from Michigan, and Mike Braun (R) from Indiana — have put forward a bill that would apply Buy America … Read moreFour Senators Aim to Close Buy America Loopholes

New Paper: Huawei Staff “Closely Associated” With China’s Intelligence & Military Activities

Evidence is mounting that Chinese technology company Huawei is a threat to U.S. national security, as a new paper released by the London-based Henry Jackson Society finds links between Huawei staff and China’s military and intelligence arms. Christopher Balding, an associate professor at Fulbright University Vietnam, examined a sample size of 65,000 Chinese CVs that … Read moreNew Paper: Huawei Staff “Closely Associated” With China’s Intelligence & Military Activities

Wolverine’s Made in USA Ramparts Boot Will Also Help Veterans Transition to the Trades

In the spirit of Independence Day, bootmaker Wolverine is out with a new line of USA-built work boots that will also help veterans obtain careers in advanced manufacturing. Now through July 5, 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale of the limited-edition Wolverine Ramparts will benefit Workshops for Warriors. The nonprofit organization provides hands-on training … Read moreWolverine’s Made in USA Ramparts Boot Will Also Help Veterans Transition to the Trades

These D.C. Museums House America’s Greatest Treasures. But What About the Gift Shops?

With the 4th of July right around the corner, the Smithsonian museums and National Archives will see tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world. These museums, funded in part by taxpayers, are popular among tourists because of their fascinating exhibits and free admission. But another source of revenue comes from the expansive … Read moreThese D.C. Museums House America’s Greatest Treasures. But What About the Gift Shops?

Why Trump’s Reversal on Huawei is a Bad Deal

President Trump is back from his big weekend trip to the G-20 summit, where he met with world leaders and even made a quick stop in North Korea! There’s no shortage of headlines from Trump’s trip, and there’s certainly a lot to unpack. But some Members of Congress are homing in on one in particular: Trump’s … Read moreWhy Trump’s Reversal on Huawei is a Bad Deal

Second Half of the First Democratic Debate: Trade is a Topic!

The second screening of the Democratic Presidential debate double-feature was held on Thursday evening in Miami and it not only was more confrontational, the issue of trade was briefly discussed. Here at the Alliance for American Manufacturing, we are watching the candidates of both parties closely to hear their opinions on trade, manufacturing and infrastructure. … Read moreSecond Half of the First Democratic Debate: Trade is a Topic!

First Half of the First Democratic Debate: Trade Not a Topic

It’s presidential primary debate season! The Democrats are beginning the long work of determining who will be their party’s challenger to President Trump in the 2020 election … and they’ve got a lot of determining to do. Tonight was only half of the field of candidates who qualified for the debate! Just look at the … Read moreFirst Half of the First Democratic Debate: Trade Not a Topic

Congressional Hearing on Mexican Labor Reform Illustrates USMCA Challenges

In the past few weeks, China trade talks have dominated the headlines as fears of escalating trade tensions increase. What may slip through the cracks, meanwhile, is the ongoing debate over a new trade deal to replace NAFTA and improve this continent’s economic prosperity. Will Congress pass the deal the Trump administration negotiated with Canada … Read moreCongressional Hearing on Mexican Labor Reform Illustrates USMCA Challenges

OPINION: Trump Is Right on China Trade, But So Far Has Little to Show For It.

President Donald Trump is shortly flying to Japan to represent the United States at a G20 summit. While there he’ll meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping on the gathering’s sidelines to restart trade talks, dormant since the White House accused China of backsliding from already negotiated commitments. The stakes are appropriately high. These are bilateral … Read moreOPINION: Trump Is Right on China Trade, But So Far Has Little to Show For It.

Beyond a Bachelor’s

A four-year college degree isn’t what it used to be. For many students, what’s guaranteed after graduating isn’t a good-paying job, but crippling debt. At the same time, America needs tradespeople. How could we tackle these tough issues? Encouraging students to seek educational experiences beyond a bachelor’s degree. One possible route is investing in community … Read moreBeyond a Bachelor’s

You Know We Need an Infrastructure Plan for Roads. What About Short Sea Shipping?

This blog post was authored by Noah Musto and Libba McGraw. The running joke that it’s Infrastructure Week has been around for so long that it has ceased to be a joke anymore. But hey, there is one place where it’s always infrastructure week: The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee! And on this particular Infrastructure … Read moreYou Know We Need an Infrastructure Plan for Roads. What About Short Sea Shipping?

Manufacturing Means Business for American-Made Worksman Cycles

Worksman Cycles could not be a more befitting name to describe America’s oldest bicycle manufacturer. {media_1} Founded in 1898 in New York City by Russian immigrant Morris Worksman, Worksman Cycles makes beach cruiser-style bikes for recreational fun and is a major supplier of tricycles used by many of America’s major industries. Unlike most bicycles on the … Read moreManufacturing Means Business for American-Made Worksman Cycles

New Video: Why It’s Worrisome that China’s Government Wants to Build U.S. Transit

Momentum is building on Capitol Hill to stop Chinese government-owned or controlled companies from building U.S. rail cars or buses. Dozens of members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are cosponsoring legislation called the Transit Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act to prevent taxpayer money from going to these state-owned enterprises (SOEs) for rail or … Read moreNew Video: Why It’s Worrisome that China’s Government Wants to Build U.S. Transit

Michigan Sen. Gary Peters Proposes a National Institute of Manufacturing

It’s not easy to have a globally competitive manufacturing sector these days. But having one is crucial to a healthy and growing national economy, as well as our national defense in a potential emergency. That’s the kind of thing regular readers of this blog would expect to find here, on this blog, but it wasn’t … Read moreMichigan Sen. Gary Peters Proposes a National Institute of Manufacturing