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The Manufacturing Report
24 minutes | Sep 26, 2022
Is U.S. Trade Policy Enabling Fast Fashion Behemoth Shein's Shadowy Supply Chain?
Levi's is one of the longest-lasting apparel brands on the market, while newcomer Shein took over the fast fashion landscape overnight. But both are facing criticism for their labor and environmental practices. Remake CEO and Founder Ayesha Barenblat joins the podcast to talk about how U.S. trade policy, international agreements and a piece of legislation called the FABRIC Act can help improve labor and environmental conditions in the industry and even reshore production. Photo courtesy of Remake
19 minutes | Sep 12, 2022
Robert Kuttner on Biden's China Strategy, or Lack Thereof
There's a lot that President Biden gets right on China. Why doesn't the rest of his administration agree? Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, breaks down what's keeping the Biden administration from completely committing to its doctrine on China and what a coherent approach to dealings with Beijing could achieve. Official White House Photo by Cameron Smith
34 minutes | Aug 29, 2022
Class Is in Session! We're Keeping Back-to-School Shopping Made in America
Start your students’ year right by stocking up on American-made and union-made school supplies. Alliance for American Manufacturing's own Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch and Cat Adams talk about their favorite Made in America school gear and tips for elementary all the way through college. Photo by Nick Amoscato via Flickr
24 minutes | Aug 15, 2022
“Without Manufacturing, We Wouldn’t Have a Town.”
Nearly 3,000 members and allies of the United Steelworkers met in Las Vegas last week for the union’s first in-person constitutional convention since 2017. Several of America’s top government leadership joined the event to champion the power of America’s workers, including United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai. We share the highlights from her speech and our conversations with workers at the convention about the state of manufacturing today.
12 minutes | Aug 1, 2022
America’s Workers Speak Out for Trade Action at the International Trade Commission
The International Trade Commission (ITC) hosted a marathon three-day hearing this July to examine the impacts of Section 232 on steel and aluminum imports and Section 301 tariffs on Chinese imports. As you might expect, industry executives and trade lawyers are mainstays at these hearings like these, but the voice ITC officials really need to hear is that of America’s workers. In this episode, we share testimony offered by members of the United Steelworkers before the commission. Photo courtesy of United Steelworkers via Flickr
23 minutes | Jul 18, 2022
You Know All About the Semiconductor Shortage. But How About the Printed Circuit Board Crisis?
Semiconductors are the powerhouses of virtually all of our advanced technology, but they require printed circuit boards (PCBs) to run. Though the United States once produced more than 26% of the world’s PCBs, offshoring has eviscerated America’s microelectronics manufacturing industry, leaving only 4% of PCBs now Made in America. There’s a new bill that could change that. Printed Circuit Board Association Chairman Travis Kelly shares how. Photo courtesy of Isola Group
26 minutes | Jul 4, 2022
U.S. Open Champion Matthew Fitzpatrick’s Putter of Choice is Made in USA Bettinardi Golf
Robert Bettinardi had a passion for golf, and he had manufacturing expertise. He merged the two and almost a year and many pounds of steel later, he had milled his own putter. Bettinardi went on to manufacture for Titleist and Scotty Cameron before establishing family-owned putter brand Bettinardi Golf, which makes “the Ferrari” of putters from start to finish at Bettinardi’s factory just outside Chicago. Golfer Matthew Fitzpatrick recently won 2022 U.S. Open with one of the brand’s putters and will soon compete in the British Open with it in hand as well. Robert Bettinardi shares why his putters will always be Made in America and how the company is growing. Photo courtesy of Bettinardi Golf
30 minutes | Jun 21, 2022
Community Colleges Nationwide Are Collaborating to Expand Equity in Manufacturing
It's estimated that 2.1 million factory jobs will remain unfilled by 2030. However, efforts to increase equity in manufacturing promise to substantially expand the workforce and create pathways to the middle class for underserved communities. A new project coordinated by the Century Foundation (TCF) and the Urban Manufacturing Alliance examines the vital role community colleges play in this. TCF Fellow Michelle Burris explains how. Photo courtesy of The Century Foundation
29 minutes | Jun 6, 2022
What Does the Biden Administration Understand About Supply Chain Vulnerabilities?
When the Biden administration released its year-long supply chain review — a report that was written by seven federal agencies and totaled in more than 1,300 pages — on Feb. 24, its import was understandably dwarfed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that day. However, the historic report reveals much about the Biden administration’s commitment to green industrial policy. Roosevelt Institute Director of Industrial Policy and Trade Todd Tucker, who authored a brief on the supply chain report, breaks it down for us. Photo courtesy of the Roosevelt Institute
23 minutes | May 24, 2022
What's Really Behind the Campaign to Cancel the Solar Panel Circumvention Investigation?
Since the Commerce Department first announced its plans to investigate whether Chinese solar panel manufacturers have been circumventing U.S. duties, the media has been whipped into a frenzy. And they’ve been playing right into the hands of a powerful special interest group – the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) – that’s made it its mission to cancel Commerce’s inquiry. David Dayen, the executive editor of public policy magazine The American Prospect, joins The Manufacturing Report to report what he has uncovered about SEIA and debunks some of the organization’s most insidious myths about trade enforcement. Photo courtesy of David Dayen
28 minutes | May 23, 2022
Made in USA Solar Panel Maker Auxin is Risking It All to Take a Stand Against China. Here’s Why.
The Commerce Department is investigating whether Chinese companies are routing solar panels through other countries to avoid U.S. duties. But this relatively routine trade case has erupted into a firestorm, with a special interest group undertaking a highly-organized and well-funded media campaign to cancel it. Much of their ire has been directed at Auxin Solar Inc., the California solar panel maker that filed the original petition. Auxin CEO Mamun Rashid joins The Manufacturing Report to explain why he's seeing this fight through — and why policymakers need to support American manufacturers like this company.
16 minutes | May 9, 2022
New Hampshire State Senator on Why Buy America Matters
New Hampshire is poised to join dozens of other states and the federal government in passing legislation that would reinvest taxpayer dollars into local workers and communities. State Sen. Tom Sherman shares how the bill has bridged the partisan divide in its aim of cultivating a more robust and independent domestic manufacturing base for the state's most vital infrastructure. Getty Images
31 minutes | Apr 25, 2022
Newark-based Manufacturer Has Made Unionization a Competitive Advantage for 30 Years
When Mitch Cahn founded his custom apparel and accessory company, Unionwear, committing to a unionized workforce was one of his first steps. Listen in for why it’s been the foundation of his success and how the Newark, N.J., company is evolving to be cost-competitive with even offshore manufacturers and navigating the challenges of the current labor market. Photo courtesy Unionwear
31 minutes | Apr 11, 2022
Latinas Welding Guild Sparks New Futures for Women in Indiana
Guatemala-born Consuelo Poland Lockhart had long planned a career in the arts when a foray into welding sparked a new trajectory. Now, she’s making it her mission to show Latina and non-Latina women in Central Indiana that they have a place behind the blowtorch with her nonprofit, Latinas Welding Guild. Photo by Jonathan Galeano
25 minutes | Mar 28, 2022
America's Problems With China Are Just Beginning
As Russia's unrestrained aggression and its alliance with China roils geopolitics, America's relationship with Beijing is under ever greater pressure. Isaac Stone Fish, CEO of research firm Strategy Risks and author of "America Second: How America's Elites Are Making China Stronger", reveals the deep network of China's influence in America's highest circles of power that shapes the United States' relationship with Beijing. Photo courtesy Isaac Stone Fish
28 minutes | Mar 14, 2022
American Giant Grows By Investing in the Men and Women Who Make America Work
Supply chain chaos and geopolitical unrest is forcing trade policy and domestic manufacturing to “the middle of the conversation” for policymakers and brands alike. But American Giant, the Made in America apparel brand, is well prepared to offer some answers. Listen in for how American Giant CEO Bayard Winthrop is expanding his business and investing in the men and women who make America work. Photo courtesy American Giant
19 minutes | Mar 11, 2022
A Steelworker Was the First Lady's Guest at the State of the Union. Now He's Ours!
As the nation tuned into this year’s State of the Union address, a special few Americans were invited to join First Lady Jill Biden in the audience. Second-generation steelworker and U.S. Army veteran Joseph “JoJo” Burgess was among those honored guests. But this wasn’t Burgess’s first time meeting President Biden. Official White House Photo by Erin Scott
31 minutes | Feb 28, 2022
Globalization Hit Workers of Color the Hardest, But Manufacturing Offers a Path Forward
More than 5 million jobs were lost over the past two decades due to the impacts of globalization, and workers of color were hit the hardest, according to new research from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI). National Economic Association President Valerie Wilson, an author of the EPI report, joins the podcast to share how smart policy can increase valuable manufacturing jobs for all workers. And, United Steelworkers Local 9462 President Kameen Thompson offers how his factory job has contributed to his success. Photo courtesy of Kameen Thompson
46 minutes | Feb 14, 2022
HGTV’s Ben Napier Just Opened a Factory in His Home Town, Fulfilling a Childhood Dream
Ben Napier, who stars in HGTV's "Home Town" alongside his wife Erin, dreamed of opening his own factory since childhood. Now he’s opened a factory to make butcher blocks, creating the family-supporting manufacturing jobs that he hopes will be his legacy. Listen in for Ben’s plan for the Scotsman Manufacturing Company factory — and how the 1995 movie “Tommy Boy” inspired it. Check out our past interviews with Ben: https://soundcloud.com/keep-it-made-in-america/hgtvs-ben-napier-shares-the-view-from-americas-favorite-small-town; soundcloud.com/keep-it-made-in-america/why-the-stars-of-hgtvs-home-town-keep-it-made-in-america Photo courtesy of Scotsman Manufacturing Company
22 minutes | Jan 31, 2022
The Made in America Office Aims to Bring "Historic Transparency" to Government Spending
Bringing transparency to federal purchasing and an innovative approach to expanding the federal government’s reliance on domestic supply chains, the Made in America Office (MIAO) has been hard at work since its creation via President Biden's executive order one year ago. Celeste Drake, the office’s first director, joins the podcast to share what the MIAO has accomplished so far and the project that’s consuming most of her office’s time right now. Photo courtesy of the Made in America Office
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