From Opposite Coasts: Two Views of Manufacturing

By February 7, 2011Economy

Brad Kane, writing at Hartford, “Manufacturers: Help us out!“:

With Connecticut’s high energy and labor costs and its unstable tax system, manufacturers tend to stay away, said Gerry Mastropietro, president of the Smaller Manufacturers Association of Connecticut Inc. Connecticut’s main attraction is its location to service the rest of the Northeast, he said, and the state government only messes that up by sending companies to nearby states.

“My main concern is that someone can make something cheaper immediately outside Connecticut,” Mastropietro said.

The piece reports on the NAM’s Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America as a strategy that would manufacturing in the United States and Connecticut on a stronger course.

Jon Talton, Seattle Times, “Manufacturing is back, but it isn’t pretty,” focusing on the Puget Sound’s manufacturing sector.

As much as the Seattle area is known as nerd heaven, it’s also still heavily dependent on manufacturing, and not just from Boeing. Unlike almost any other metropolitan area in America, we’re a region that depends on thinking and innovation, but also making and exporting things.

We rank fourth nationally among large export-production centers, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. While half of that is generated by Boeing’s commercial airplanes, the remainder comes from thousands of small- to midsized companies mostly clustered around the I-5/Highway 99 corridor, along with some in other parts of the state.

“Regarding manufacturing, I’d borrow a line you use,” Dave Gering, executive director of the Manufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle, told me. “We punch above our weight and we’re always doing better in manufacturing than most people think.

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