CIRAS DIGEST: Friday, March 25, 2016

  • US. factory orders fell in February, stunk by ongoing problems related to weak oil prices and a strong U.S. dollar, according to USA Today.
  • According to Reuters, manufacturing is still weak but the labor market is OK..
  • Meanwhile, Seeking Alpha says U.S. manufacturing is showing “signs of healing.”
  • If you’re looking for general advice, the Cincinnati Business Courier recently published two advertorials from TechSolve, an Ohio affiliate of the U.S. NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership. (CIRAS is the Iowa affiliate.)  TechSolve authored one piece on why it’s crucial to understand the total cost of your manufacturing business and another entitled, “Additive Manufacturing: Is it Good for your Shop?”
  • If you’re interested in a broader perspective, the U.K. Daily Mirror notes that Britain’s manufacturing sector is “worst performing in developed world” according to a “shock report.”
  • And finally, closer to home, Iowa Congressman Rod Blum has drawn the ire of Slate after he repeatedly tweeted that Washington D.C. has too many construction cranes and therefore “needs a recession.”

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