15 episodes

The loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs at the beginning of this century — a rate of loss exceeding that of the Great Depression — has shaken our economy, our politics and our very confidence in the American way of life. Just as U.S. manufacturing began to rebound, a pandemic lifted the curtain on deep challenges related to trade policy, global supply chains, education, automation and our ability to produce skilled workers. Made in the USA explores these topics through exclusive commentary from world-class economists and manufacturing leaders, and shines a spotlight on the past, present and future of American manufacturing.

Made in the USA Modern Machine Shop

    • Society & Culture

The loss of U.S. manufacturing jobs at the beginning of this century — a rate of loss exceeding that of the Great Depression — has shaken our economy, our politics and our very confidence in the American way of life. Just as U.S. manufacturing began to rebound, a pandemic lifted the curtain on deep challenges related to trade policy, global supply chains, education, automation and our ability to produce skilled workers. Made in the USA explores these topics through exclusive commentary from world-class economists and manufacturing leaders, and shines a spotlight on the past, present and future of American manufacturing.

    A Return From China

    A Return From China

    Entrepreneur Scott Colosimo found early success in China producing parts for his Cleveland-based motorcycle company in the mid-2000s.
    The events that led Colosimo and his team to start over from scratch — and move production back to the United States.

    • 44 min
    "Man, No Smoke!"

    "Man, No Smoke!"

    When Puneet and Neelam Neotia moved from India to the United States several years ago, they brought with them a family background in manufacturing and CNC machining. Now the couple is working to get their startup machine shop off the ground, sourcing new customers and getting the word out about their shop in Clarksville, Indiana. The couple — proud to publicize their "Made in the USA" parts — is leveraging family connections and manufacturing capabilities back in India, but not in the way that some people assume. 

    • 23 min
    The Robots Come Home

    The Robots Come Home

    Productive Robotics is an American manufacturer of collaborative robots that spun off of a printing company called ZBE. But whereas ZBE — one of the premier manufacturers of digital photo printers in the world — offshored production of its machines to China, the goal of Productive Robotics was to produce its robots in the United States. Making this a reality took years of design experimentation and searching for the right American suppliers — suppliers that utilize the kind of automation that Productive Robotics itself aims to offer.

    • 39 min
    A Measured Approach

    A Measured Approach

    The L.S. Starrett Co. has been manufacturing precision measurement tools in Athol, Massachusetts, since 1880. Attention to U.S. manufacturing often focuses on reshoring manufacturing from other countries, but Starrett never left. The facility in Athol employs hundreds and produces thousands of tools that remain vital for measurement in machining and other fields. Through conversations with various leaders and workers at Starrett, we learn about the production being done at this plant and the kinds of jobs it has created, and we examine the priorities and philosophy that have led to Starrett continuing to manufacture in one location for more than 140 years.

    • 44 min
    The Motorcycle Supply Chain in Amish Country

    The Motorcycle Supply Chain in Amish Country

    Most of the parts that go into Janus motorcycles come from suppliers located within just a few miles of Janus headquarters in Goshen, Indiana. Several of these suppliers are Amish, and several others have ties to the RV industry that dominates employment throughout the region. One critical component of Janus motorcycles, however — the engine — is sourced in China. This is the story of how a hyper-local supply chain lives alongside an outsourcing strategy at a distinctly American manufacturer. 

    • 55 min
    Why, and How, Hardinge is Reshoring Machine Tool Production

    Why, and How, Hardinge is Reshoring Machine Tool Production

    After hearing that Hardinge had shifted the manufacturing of its milling and turning product lines from its Taiwan plant to its plant in Elmira, New York, we traveled to Hardinge’s Elmira production facility and witnessed Taiwanese Hardinge employees teaching American employees how to build new models of machine tools. To make this moment possible, the company had to refine and execute a years-long strategic plan to shift production, or “repatriate,” those product lines from its Taiwan plant to the United States. In this episode, several executives and senior staff at the company give their first-person account of how they formulated the plan, the major challenges they encountered, and the rewards that made it worth the effort.

    • 43 min

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