9780615288192: Manufacturing a Better Future for America

There has never been a more critical time to rebuild the foundation of America's economy. President Obama and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke have both stressed the need to produce goods in America again. Doing so would create more jobs, reduce harmful global trade imbalances, and strengthen the American economy. But it is easier said than done. Manufacturing in America is in serious decline, with 40,000 factory closures and more than five million jobs lost over the last decade alone. How can the United States industrial sector be revived? The Alliance for American Manufacturing-- an innovative partnership of the United Steelworkers union and leading U.S. manufacturers-- asked some of the brightest minds in America for their ideas. 'Manufacturing a Better Future for America' details the challenges and opportunities the country faces at this critical time: trade policy, skills and training, research and development, national security, supply chains, new technology, and globalization. If you want to understand the sector that is most vital to America's economic renewal, you must read this book.

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Richard McCormack, editor, Manufacturing and Technology News.

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At a time when U.S. manufacturing jobs are disappearing and the United States is losing both its competitive standing and industrial base, it's important to find both positive discussion and clear-cut goals to help restore U.S. industry. 'Manufacturing a Better Future for America' provides both-- an insightful discussion of the state of 21st Century U.S. manufacturing and the need to strengthen the manufacturing sector to meet new challenges. --Harley Shaiken, Director, Center for Latin American Studies and noted expert on global economic integration

Getting trade policy right will be an important battle for 21st Century America. We've seen the ongoing erosion of our manufacturing base and the millions of good-paying jobs that have been lost. We can't continue down this path. I'm gratified to see 'Manufacturing a Better Future for America' tackle these weighty issues head-on, and I congratulate the authors on their good work. --Richard Dick Gephardt, Former Majority Leader, U.S. House of Representatives

The authors of Manufacturing a Better Future for America thoroughly explode the myth all too prevalent in Washington these days that there can be an economic recovery of any consequence without a strategy for revitalizing American manufacturing. --Nicholas von Hoffman

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