Manufacturing Works The Vital Link Between Production and Prosperity

ISBN-10: 0793151988
ISBN-13: 9780793151981
Edition: 2002
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Kaplan Publishing
Publication date: 5/6/2002
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 300
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Manufacturing Workswill convince labor leaders, corporate executives, and those interested in public policy that America's manufacturing base drives its prosperity. America's manufacturing drives the country's prosperity because of its size, its ability to generate innovation and value, its importance to national security, its role in meeting people's needs, and the dignity it provides 17 million American workers. Based on the landmark study they created to explore the American manufacturing landscape, authors Fred Zimmerman and Dave Beal inspect this often unappreciated section in 232 key counties. The book examines the appraisal of the U.S. industrial base, how American manufacturing survived despite pressures from home and abroad, and why a strong manufacturing sector remains essential to the long term survival of America's economy.

Prologue
Acknowledgments
Production Means Prosperity
Unsung Achievements
Prosperity Is Not without Pain
Foreign Trade--Fueled by Success
Getting Out Manufacturing's Story
U.S. Manufacturing: Still Good--But not Alone
Where the Money Is
The Rewards of Adding Value
Productivity and Output
Foreign Producers Follow Money and Opportunity
Indiana: Jitters in Comeback Land
Seeding the Rebound
The Battle Over Steel
Contrarian Approach Helps Region
Sources of Anxiety Remain
Changing Geography and What It Means
The Relocation of Industry
Relocation: A Combination of Attracting and Repelling Forces
Repelling Forces
Attracting Forces
The Important Variable--The Company Itself
Counties Gaining Momentum
Hinterland Highspots
Freeway Flyers
Metro Movers
Gradual Growers
Special Cases
Manufacturing in Search of Good Places
Counties Losing Momentum
Sliding Goliaths
Midrange Sliders
Smaller Sliders
Big-City Blues--Philadelphia and Beyond
A City's Glorious History
Urban Industrial Decline--A Multitude of Whys
Troubles in Other Core Cities
Could Industry Come Back?
Manufacturing and Community Prosperity
Jobs versus Poverty
Manufacturing and Taxes
Manufacturing and Income Disparity
Coping in a World Economy
A Deeper Look at the Trade Deficit
Balance Slipping in Key Industries
Larger Deficits in Key Industries
Deficits with Whom?
China and the Pacific Rim
Contrasting Experiences
A Tale of Two Neighbors
How the Dollar Counts
Globalization and the Transfer of Skills
The Big Problem with the Trade Deficit
Suppliers Are Key Building Blocks
Shrinking and Shifting Economies of Scale
Has Outsourcing Gone Too Far?
The Shifting Defense-Industrial Base
Investment: Booster Shot from Abroad
A Sector Still at Risk
Factories: An Unspoken Word
Runaway NIMBYism?
Even Desirable Growth Is Hard to Sell
Engineering--Out of Favor Here, In Favor Overseas
Snubbed
Aging Industrial Professionals
Factories--Good Places to Work
The Darker Side of Merger Mania
Today's Mergers--Bigger and More Disparate Than Ever
Two Kinds of Mergers
The Search for a Managerial Model
Wanted: Better Leaders
The Need for a Noble Purpose
Managers People Can Read
The Importance of Stewardship
Staying on the Edge
Wall Street: Return to Sanity?
The Cost of the National Crap Shoot
Is Going Private the Answer?
Driving Innovation: Manufacturing and Research
Constructing Research Triangle Park
Teflon and Green Clean
Partnerships That Work
Raising the Odds for a Better Tomorrow
Sudden Changes Can Jolt Counties
A Warning on Competitiveness
Many Bright Spots
Identifying the Small Knobs
An America without Manufacturing
Methodology for Choosing the County Groups
Counties Gaining Momentum
Counties Losing Momentum
Census Bureau Shift from the SIC System to the NAICS Methodology
Detailed Statistics on Sample Counties
Manufacturing Organizations
Bibliography
Index
About the Authors

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