ITIF Report Assesses Competitiveness of North American States

On June 21, 2022, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation conducted a webinar entitled, “Assessing the Competitiveness of North America: The North American Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index,” based on a report by Luke Dascoli and Stephen Ezel of ITIF, and prepared in collaboration with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Fundación IDEA, and the Bay Area Economic Council Institute.

The Manufacturing Institute Grows FAME’s Technical Training Program

By Michele Nash-Hoff

In late 2019, I interviewed Dennis Dio Parker for an article published in early 2020. At that time, Dennis headed up the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME), founded by Toyota as an outgrowth of training that provided for employees when they built their new manufacturing plant for vehicles in Georgetown, KY in 1987.

Becoming a Lean Enterprise is Critical to Rebuilding American Manufacturing

By Michele Nash-Hoff

When I wrote the chapter on what manufacturers can do to save themselves for my first book, Can American Manufacturing be Saved? Why we should and how we can, published in 2009, one of my top recommendations was to begin the Lean journey to become a Lean manufacturer.

How To Have A Secure Supply Chain

By Michele Nash-Hoff

For more than the first 150 years of its history, the United States was a protectionist country in order to protect its fledgling manufacturing industries and then gain preeminence as an industrial nation in the 20th century.  We had secure supply chain until after WWII because we imported very little and were pretty much self-sufficient for consumer goods as well as goods for our national defense.


Imperial Capital Conference Highlights Vibrant Opportunity for Advanced Manufacturing Sector

By Michele Nash-Hoff

The non-profit Industry Reimagined 2030 was pleased to speak at the second annual Imperial Capital Advanced Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference, held on April 13-14 in Santa Monica, CA and sponsored by Moss Adams, The Association for Manufacturing Technology, Smart Room, and Marsh.

Manufacturing Renaissance: Recommendations to Bolster National Security & Economic Prosperity

By Michele Nash-Hoff

In November 2021, the Ronald Reagan Institute released a Report of the Task Force on National Security and U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness titled "A Manufacturing Renaissance: Bolstering U.S. Production for National Security and Economic Prosperity."


What are Some Ways to Reduce the Trade Deficit

By Michele Nash-Hoff

The trade deficit for 2021 with China grew 14.5% for the full year to $355.3 billion, as imports increased sharply because businesses were restocking shelves to meet robust domestic demand. This increased the decline that followed then-President Donald Trump's policies aimed at reducing the deficit with tariffs and purchase targets.