CIRAS Digest: Monday, April 6, 2015

  • While some of us were home last week in a pre-Holiday sick bed, the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte issued a new report saying there will be two million vacant manufacturing jobs by 2025. You can find many of the details on the Huffington Post.
  • If you missed it at the end of last week, new labor figures show manufacturing lost about 1,000 jobs in March. Industry Week quoted a trade official as calling it “one wretched jobs report.” But Iowa Public Radio, using NPR reporting, quotes a variety of experts who think March was a blip – “more an aberration than a trend,” according to one economist.
  • The trend appears positive for Iowa’s film industry, according to a story in The Cedar Rapids Gazette.
  • The Ames Tribune over the weekend ran a story on researchers at ISU’s Critical Materials Institute developing “a new chemical process to help create a clean energy method of manufacturing nylon.”
  • According to various politicians speaking at a summit event covered by The (Attleboro, Mass.) Sun Chronicle, New England needs to work on lowering its energy costs to make the area more attractive to manufacturers.
  • And for similarly deep dives into the details, see this article at a 3-D printing trade website detailing what additive manufacturing can “do for tooling.” Also, this news release announcing Pratt & Whitney’s intention to deliver engine parts “using additive manufacturing.”

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading.

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