Tariffs and Unions; The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

How do labor unions and tariffs impact our economy and manufacturing in the US? I’ve heard statements that tariffs are generally assumed to favor corporations where labor unions favor the worker. Both of these ideas usually lead to politically charged discussions where the opinion on the effectiveness of each usually tends to follow political party […]

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Workforce



Not your general issue manufacturing recruiter

A profile of Micah Cantley, Kidder Group VP and former Navy SEAL In the Beginning Cantley was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1989 and graduated from Fort Zumwalt West High School in nearby O’Fallon. Growing up, the future SEAL was a Cardinal fan and avid hockey…


Aerospace

A Question of Ethics

The recent reports about production short cuts, blind-eye approvals, optional safety devices, and corporate management failures have been painful to read. I can’t comment on the truthfulness of the statements made about Boeing and their senior managers as I certainly don’t know all the facts. I spent…


Drones – The First Step to Autonomous Human Flight

I received my first recreational drone for Christmas three years ago. It was a pretty simple system. The frame was light weight plastic with four independently powered props. It had an on-board camera that could take still pictures and videos. It also had colored tip lights to…


Offshoring engineering will come back to haunt us

When American businesses outsource their engineering, especially to lower cost offshore service providers, are those companies increasing current profits at a significant future cost? Businesses continually look for ways to reduce their costs to enhance profits. Large corporations reward their executives and managers when they find ways…


Legislation


An Interesting thread to pull; The South Carolina R&D Tax Credit

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, “South Carolina is a branch manufacturing state.” They tell us there’s not enough headquartering here, not enough research and development, but what if I told you the Palmetto State has a solution, in theory. South Carolina’s Research and Development…


Decisions, Decisions: Tax Season 2018 looms for Manufacturers

You’re not the only one confused by the tax issue. While it’s true that it might be the opportunity of a lifetime for many companies, tax expert David Jones of GreerWalker says it’s time to proceed with caution. Should you change your filing status to drop your…