Events Put Twin State Manufacturing in Focus

Two upcoming events will put a spotlight on the region’s manufacturing companies. Representatives from Boeing, Siemens and Raytheon and other big companies will visit Vermont on Thursday to talk with in-state companies about becoming suppliers to the larger manufacturers. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is hosting its Vermont Supply Chain Conference and Trade Show at the Champlain Valley Exposition, 105 Pearl St., in Essex Junction....

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U.S. Factories Still Haven’t Recovered

Washington — It took less than a year for America’s factory output to rebound from the 1991 recession. It took three and a half years to bounce back from the 2001 recession. Now, six years clear of the Great Recession, manufacturing output still hasn’t returned to the pre-crisis levels it reached in 2007, according to revised economic data from the Federal Reserve. The downward revisions highlight the persistent weakness in a sector...

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Wal-Mart Does About Face on Manufacturing

Bentonville, Ark. — The group cheer at Wal-Mart’s third annual U.S. manufacturing summit — convened to find more American-made products — was greeted with a voice from another era. “Almost anything can be made by Americans, in this country, and be done efficiently,” founder Sam Walton said in a grainy black-and-white video clip from the 1980s, explaining Wal-Mart’s mission to buy more products at home. Ultimately, Walton failed....

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Teaching Tech: GW Plastics Introduces Students to Modern Manufacturing
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Teaching Tech: GW Plastics Introduces Students to Modern Manufacturing

Bethel — The number of manufacturing jobs in Vermont has declined from historical highs. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the state has shed 17 percent of manufacturing jobs in the past decade. But there are still plenty of manufacturers in the state, and many of them feel that years of talk about disappearing jobs have led people to believe their industry is dead. They say the impression can be self-fulfilling — and it’s...

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