Why China’s CRRC and BYD Pose Such a Serious Threat to the United States

People seem especially skeptical of China these days. South Park put together a whole episode about China (and saw its existence in China vanish). The NBA spent the week stumbling over itself to appease the Chinese government, and then on Oct. 9, at least three fans in Philadelphia and in Washington, D.C. were removed from … Read moreWhy China’s CRRC and BYD Pose Such a Serious Threat to the United States

Tell the FTC: Enforce Made in the USA Standards!

Last week we told you about the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) recent workshop on Made in the USA labeling, where topic experts examined what that labeling means and what it’s standard should be. The event was filmed and you can watch the whole thing on the FTC’s website. It’s four hours long. Don’t even lie, … Read moreTell the FTC: Enforce Made in the USA Standards!

AAM’s Guide to “Band in China,” the Episode That Got South Park Banned in China

On Monday’s blog, Matt chronicled the current controversy surrounding the NBA and China. Essentially, the general manager of the Houston Rockets posted a single, simple tweet in support of the pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, and that single tweet deeply offended China’s authoritarian regime so much that it is now canceling Chinese broadcasts of NBA … Read moreAAM’s Guide to “Band in China,” the Episode That Got South Park Banned in China

Looks Like the General Manager of the Houston Rockets Has Deeply Offended China

Basketball season is almost here! We are two weeks away from the first game of the NBA season. The Los Angeles Lakers, led by Lebron James and human block machine Anthony Davis, will play the Los Angeles Clippers, led by Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. It’s gonna be basketball rapture. Hoops bliss. Very exciting stuff!  … Read moreLooks Like the General Manager of the Houston Rockets Has Deeply Offended China

Two of Our Favorite Made in America Brands Are Teaming Up!

Iconic men’s wear designer Joseph Abboud has partnered with another Made in America fashion legend — Allen Edmonds — for a limited edition artisanal shoe collection. The collection is part of Allen Edmonds’ Artisans of Freedom campaign, which spotlights several American manufacturers, showcasing American manufacturing’s enduring legacy of quality, a value integral to the Allen … Read moreTwo of Our Favorite Made in America Brands Are Teaming Up!

New Video: China’s BYD Wants to Dominate the Global Auto Industry, At U.S. Taxpayer Expense

We’ve written about Chinese automaker Build Your Dreams (BYD) often in this space over the past few months, warning about the company’s close ties to China’s government and communist party. BYD is one of China’s “national champions,” playing a key role in the state’s quest to dominate the global auto industry — and they’ve been … Read moreNew Video: China’s BYD Wants to Dominate the Global Auto Industry, At U.S. Taxpayer Expense

A Little Refresher on The Concerns about CRRC and Federal Contracts

Last week MassLive reported the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) had taken all of its newly purchased CRRC MA railcars offline because a door on one of em opened while the train was in transit.  Can’t knock MBTA’s hustle. It was only one door that opened and no one was injured, but they’re doing it … Read moreA Little Refresher on The Concerns about CRRC and Federal Contracts

No, Seriously: Is Manufacturing Slowing Down?

New polling from industry publication Thomas finds that most Americans put a premium on American-made products … and most of us don’t think the manufacturing sector is particularly stable right now. That matches up well with the latest ISM data today. Remember the ISM data? It’s the result of the Institute for Supply Management’s survey … Read moreNo, Seriously: Is Manufacturing Slowing Down?

Podcast Looks at the Push to Ban Taxpayer-Funded Buses & Rail Cars Built by China

Did you know that it is International Podcast Day? It really is — a special holiday to celebrate the special podcasters in your life.  And while we totally didn’t plan on the timing, The Manufacturing Report — AAM’s very own podcast — is out with a special episode today taking a deep dive into one of … Read morePodcast Looks at the Push to Ban Taxpayer-Funded Buses & Rail Cars Built by China

Legislation Would Require American Flags Sold in New York to be … American-made

A bill has been introduced in the in New York state assembly that would require all American flags sold in the Empire State to “be made entirely in the United States, with 100 percent American materials and using only U.S. based labor.” The legislation was authored by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara, and it’s called – yes, … Read moreLegislation Would Require American Flags Sold in New York to be … American-made

The FTC’s Enforcement of “Made in USA” is Notoriously Weak. It’s Time to Change That.

We cover a lot of ground here at the Alliance for American Manufacturing — Trade! Infrastructure! Tom Cruise! — but there’s nothing that gets us more excited than learning about an American-made product. Whether it’s a small piece of jewelry or a big piece of steel, we love highlighting the amazing workers and companies who … Read moreThe FTC’s Enforcement of “Made in USA” is Notoriously Weak. It’s Time to Change That.

Made in USA Ebbets Field Flannels Keeps One of Baseball’s Old School Traditions Alive

Wouldn’t you think a company named Ebbets Field Flannels would be located in New York? Perhaps in Brooklyn, where the Dodgers played Major League Baseball at historic Ebbets Field? {media_3} Well, Ebbets Field Flannels is actually based in Seattle. Let us explain. The Brooklyn Dodgers moved to California for the 1958 season, and native New … Read moreMade in USA Ebbets Field Flannels Keeps One of Baseball’s Old School Traditions Alive

Apple Is Keeping Mac Pro Production in Texas

Good news from The House That Steve Built: {media_1} Apple is gonna make the new version of its Mac Pro computer in Texas, just like it did with the last version.   To be more specific it will be assembled there, and not by Apple itself but by a contracting company called Flex. Computers are … Read moreApple Is Keeping Mac Pro Production in Texas

Trash is a Big Problem, But Emerald Brand Might Have a Sustainable Solution

Americans generate 4.48 pounds of trash per person every day. That amounts to 262 million tons of trash every year, much of which will end up in one of 2,000+ active landfills across America — or polluting the environment around us. While recycling has helped reduce some of the impact, there’s still way too much … Read moreTrash is a Big Problem, But Emerald Brand Might Have a Sustainable Solution

China’s State-Owned CRRC is Trying to Convince Everyone It is Totally Legit

Momentum is building in the fight to make sure China’s state-owned, controlled and subsidized companies are banned from receiving taxpayer dollars to build U.S. rail cars and buses. We’ve written about this effort extensively; here’s a video primer in case you need the basics. Now it looks like at least one of China’s state-owned companies … Read moreChina’s State-Owned CRRC is Trying to Convince Everyone It is Totally Legit

Manufacturing Rebounds in August

So check it out, we’ve got another economic indicator out. And this one – unlike another recent one – is good! The Federal Reserve said Tuesday that U.S. manufacturing output rose by 0.6% in August on the back of machinery and primary metals production. That may sound like only a little, but it beats a … Read moreManufacturing Rebounds in August

Teamsters Say Taxpayer Dollars Shouldn’t Go to Chinese Companies to Build Transit

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters weighed in on the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last week, sending the chairpersons and ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees a letter outlining their priorities for the legislation. First thing on the list? Make sure that the final legislation includes language from the Senate version … Read moreTeamsters Say Taxpayer Dollars Shouldn’t Go to Chinese Companies to Build Transit

Key Moments from the Third Democratic Debate

There was another Democratic presidential primary debate last night and it was three hours long. Three hours! Here are some things you can do in three hours: Watch The Road Warrior twice.      Drive from Cape Girardeau, Missouri to Evansville, Indiana.    Get two root canals. The point is: You can get a lot … Read moreKey Moments from the Third Democratic Debate

Light Up Your Farmhouse Design with These American-Made Lights

Self-described serial entrepreneur Aaron Abergel married his wife Rachel in 2015. Naturally, the next step after the nuptials was to start a business — and the newlywed’s business honeymoon began when they created Steel Lighting Company in Gardena, Calif. The company makes classic-but-trendy barn-style light fixtures. Aaron Abergel’s parents had been in the lighting business when … Read moreLight Up Your Farmhouse Design with These American-Made Lights

Congress to Examine the Health and Safety Risks of China’s “Grip” on Medicine

A little over a year ago, AAM President Scott Paul chatted with health care expert Rosemary Gibson for an episode of The Manufacturing Report podcast. Gibson had just co-authored a new book examining an overlooked part of America’s trade relationship with China. The book’s title says it all. In “China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence … Read moreCongress to Examine the Health and Safety Risks of China’s “Grip” on Medicine

Congress is Back. Let the TIVSA Debate Begin!

Congress is back in DC, everybody! {media_1} They just got back, and some of them are already ranting about stuff that makes them sound like loons. But soon they’ll be wrestling with legit important, must-pass spending bills like the National Defense Authorization Act. And there’s all kinds of stuff in that bill! Will the NDAA … Read moreCongress is Back. Let the TIVSA Debate Begin!

New York Gov. Cuomo Wants to Make His State’s Buy American Law Permanent

New York City held its annual Labor Day Parade on Saturday, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo used the occasion to announce he will advance legislation to make the New York Buy American Act permanent.  Originally passed in December 2017, the act requires all state-funded road and bridge projects worth more than $1 million to use … Read moreNew York Gov. Cuomo Wants to Make His State’s Buy American Law Permanent

New York Gov. Cuomo Wants to Make His State’s Buy American Law Permanent

New York City held its annual Labor Day Parade on Saturday, and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo used the occasion to announce he will advance legislation to make the New York Buy American Act permanent.  Originally passed in December 2017, the act requires all state-funded road and bridge projects worth more than $1 million to use … Read moreNew York Gov. Cuomo Wants to Make His State’s Buy American Law Permanent

Miami Bans Chinese Companies From Bidding on Potential Monorail Project

Public transportation probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you picture Miami Beach — you probably think of sun and sand and these golden girls. But the sunny locale is the latest place to find itself at the center of the debate over whether China’s state-owned or controlled companies should be allowed … Read moreMiami Bans Chinese Companies From Bidding on Potential Monorail Project

Miami Bans Chinese Companies From Bidding on Potential Monorail Project

Public transportation probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you picture Miami Beach — you probably think of sun and sand and these golden girls. But the sunny locale is the latest place to find itself at the center of the debate over whether China’s state-owned or controlled companies should be allowed … Read moreMiami Bans Chinese Companies From Bidding on Potential Monorail Project

Let’s Get Our Troops Some American-made Flatware!

Look, it’s no secret the Alliance for American Manufacturing likes the forks, knives and spoons – the flatware – made by Liberty Tabletop in upstate New York. When we’re setting the table around here, let me tell you: American-made Liberty Tabletop is gonna be on it. We were lucky enough to get some folks from … Read moreLet’s Get Our Troops Some American-made Flatware!

Let’s Get Our Troops Some American-made Flatware!

Look, it’s no secret the Alliance for American Manufacturing likes the forks, knives and spoons – the flatware – made by Liberty Tabletop in upstate New York. When we’re setting the table around here, let me tell you: American-made Liberty Tabletop is gonna be on it. We were lucky enough to get some folks from … Read moreLet’s Get Our Troops Some American-made Flatware!

Is Manufacturing Slowing Down?

There was new ISM data released today. And it wasn’t good. Oh no! The Institute for Supply Management (ISM)’s monthly index is considered a pretty good gauge of activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector. ISM goes around, asks a bunch of folks whether they’re buying supplies or not, and averages them (and their comments) out. … Read moreIs Manufacturing Slowing Down?

Is Manufacturing Slowing Down?

There was new ISM data released today. And it wasn’t good. Oh no! The Institute for Supply Management (ISM)’s monthly index is considered a pretty good gauge of activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector. ISM goes around, asks a bunch of folks whether they’re buying supplies or not, and averages them (and their comments) out. … Read moreIs Manufacturing Slowing Down?

Military Leaders: Ban Buses & Rail Cars from Chinese State-Owned or Controlled Firms

We’ve been sounding the alarm about the risks that come with allowing Chinese government-owned or controlled companies to build U.S. transit systems like rail cars and buses (and with U.S. taxpayer dollars, natch). {media_1} But hey, don’t take it from us. How about you take the word of four Admirals? And 10 Generals? Oh, and also … Read moreMilitary Leaders: Ban Buses & Rail Cars from Chinese State-Owned or Controlled Firms

Military Leaders: Ban Buses & Rail Cars from Chinese State-Owned or Controlled Firms

We’ve been sounding the alarm about the risks that come with allowing Chinese government-owned or controlled companies to build U.S. transit systems like rail cars and buses (and with U.S. taxpayer dollars, natch). {media_1} But hey, don’t take it from us. How about you take the word of four Admirals? And 10 Generals? Oh, and also … Read moreMilitary Leaders: Ban Buses & Rail Cars from Chinese State-Owned or Controlled Firms

The Definitive 2019 American-made Cars List Has a New No. 1

It’s August. Time for the annual release of the American University Kogod Made In America Auto Index! Yes! The Friends are happy. This is news the Alliance for American Manufacturing looks forward to: The Kogod index, put together by associate professor Frank DuBois at American’s Kogod School of Business, is easily the most comprehensive ranking … Read moreThe Definitive 2019 American-made Cars List Has a New No. 1

The Definitive 2019 American-made Cars List Has a New No. 1

It’s August. Time for the annual release of the American University Kogod Made In America Auto Index! Yes! The Friends are happy. This is news the Alliance for American Manufacturing looks forward to: The Kogod index, put together by associate professor Frank DuBois at American’s Kogod School of Business, is easily the most comprehensive ranking … Read moreThe Definitive 2019 American-made Cars List Has a New No. 1

China’s Government-Owned CRRC Just Bought a German Locomotives Factory

An interesting little story from Europe popped up in our news alerts on Tuesday morning. It seems that Vossloh, a German rail technology company, is divesting its locomotives business so it can focus on rail infrastructure. Normally, we here at the Alliance for American Manufacturing wouldn’t pay much attention to the business dealings of a … Read moreChina’s Government-Owned CRRC Just Bought a German Locomotives Factory

China’s Government-Owned CRRC Just Bought a German Locomotives Factory

An interesting little story from Europe popped up in our news alerts on Tuesday morning. It seems that Vossloh, a German rail technology company, is divesting its locomotives business so it can focus on rail infrastructure. Normally, we here at the Alliance for American Manufacturing wouldn’t pay much attention to the business dealings of a … Read moreChina’s Government-Owned CRRC Just Bought a German Locomotives Factory

G7 Wants to Accelerate WTO Reform, says French President

The last time the G-7 got together President Donald Trump blew up its typical joint communique because he was beefing with summit’s host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, over tariffs. This time, the gang (of rascals that are the political leaders of the world’s largest democratic economies) met in France. The French paid attention to … Read moreG7 Wants to Accelerate WTO Reform, says French President

G7 Wants to Accelerate WTO Reform, says French President

The last time the G-7 got together President Donald Trump blew up its typical joint communique because he was beefing with summit’s host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, over tariffs. This time, the gang (of rascals that are the political leaders of the world’s largest democratic economies) met in France. The French paid attention to … Read moreG7 Wants to Accelerate WTO Reform, says French President

Wow, Things Sure Were Busy on the Trade Front This Weekend

Whew. A lot went down over the weekend. Andrew Luck retired from the NFL. Former Rep. Joe Walsh announced he’s running for the Republican nomination. Toy company Hasbro confirmed it is buying the company that owns Peppa Pig and, oddly enough, also Death Row Records? But all of that pales in comparison to what’s been … Read moreWow, Things Sure Were Busy on the Trade Front This Weekend

Wow, Things Sure Were Busy on the Trade Front This Weekend

Whew. A lot went down over the weekend. Andrew Luck retired from the NFL. Former Rep. Joe Walsh announced he’s running for the Republican nomination. Toy company Hasbro confirmed it is buying the company that owns Peppa Pig and, oddly enough, also Death Row Records? But all of that pales in comparison to what’s been … Read moreWow, Things Sure Were Busy on the Trade Front This Weekend

Wall Street Journal: Steel Execs Planning for Infrastructure Spending?

Lots of news out of the steel industry these days, not all of it good. Some of it is, though. This was good news. This was very good. This too. And then, the Wall Street Journal reported a couple days ago: An Australian steelmaker is planning to spend roughly $700 million to expand its U.S. … Read moreWall Street Journal: Steel Execs Planning for Infrastructure Spending?