Stealing America’s Trade Secrets

Stealing America’s trade secrets The Defend Trade Secrets Act protects American innovation and jobs

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Is Your Product Truly American-Made? How Imports, Suppliers and More Play Into the Coveted Made in USA Claim

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A handful of companies recently faced lawsuits over supposed false “Made in USA” claims. Consumers are suing companies for claiming their products are American-made, when in reality they may not be or too many parts of the product are produced in foreign countries. Companies facing these lawsuits include food company Heinz, energy drink maker Rockstar and a number makers of jeans: True Religion, AG Adriano Goldschmied and Citizens of Humanity.Americans apparently really want their denim to be domestic.

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NRF 2015 EXPO NYC

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National Retail Federation NRF 2015 Big Show NYC
January 11-14, 2015
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center | NYC

NRF’s Annual Convention & EXPO earned the nickname “Retail’s BIG Show” years ago and because the name was so appropriate, it stuck. Today, Retail’s BIG Show is NRF’s flagship industry event held annually in New York City. The four day event offers unparalleled education, collegial networking, and an enormous EXPO Hall full of technologies and solutions.

After more than a century, Retail’s BIG Show is still the place – the only place – where you can see and experience all things Retail. It is truly one-stop-shopping for industry professionals from the around the world.

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US Manufacturing Races Against ‘Biological Clock’

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By Michael Kling

Updated By Adam Reiser

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The lack of young people entering the manufacturing field threatens the future of the U.S. manufacturing renaissance, warns a new study.

Older workers, who dominate manufacturing, are leaving the work force in droves, but few young people are entering the field to replace them, according to the study from information and technology company ThomasNet.com. The study included responses from 1,209 engineers and purchasing agents, business owners and managers and sales and marketing executives from manufacturers, distributors and service companies.

Over three-fourths of manufacturing employees are 45 and older, the survey indicates.

“With Generation Y (18 to 32 years old) expected to make up 75 percent of the work force by 2025, and older employees exiting in droves, manufacturing’s ‘biological clock’ is ticking away,” the report notes.

Yet most manufacturers show a lack of urgency to fill their pipeline with skilled workers.

Three-quarters of companies surveyed say 25 percent or less of their work force are in the Generation Y age group. While 29 percent say they will increase employment of Generation Y workers in the next two years, almost half expect their numbers to stay the same.

Manufacturers say negative perceptions about work in their industry prompts young people to avoid the sector. But instead of being dirty, boring work, modern manufacturing is a high-tech world of computer-aided design and production. Half of survey respondents say a career in their industry provides satisfaction as well as competitive wages and benefits.

The shortage of skilled workers comes at a time when the industry is rebounding. Over half of manufacturers grew in 2012 and nearly two-thirds expect to grow this year. Nearly seven out of 10 will introduce new products this year.

“Considering that many companies (42 percent) are increasing employee headcount this year, the time to cultivate a new work force is now,” the study stresses.

Lack of basic skills in young workers is a drawback.

Manufacturers are developing partnerships with schools to help improve training and increase their emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. “The jury is out on whether these efforts alone will be enough,” the study says.

The United States is well-positioned to revitalize its manufacturing sector, says Philip Odette, president of Global Supply Chain Solutions, in an article for ManufacturingNet, an industry news site.

“The only thing missing is enough skilled workers to maintain the momentum.”

Companies must work to educate young people about the advantages of a career in manufacturing, he explains.

“Even something as simple as recording yourself demonstrating a process can boost the credibility of your company and increase its presence in the minds of students and teachers in your local area,” he advises. “Videos of new equipment or an impressive process don’t have to be reserved to sales pitches — they can be investments in attracting a new work force.”

Source: http://www.moneynews.com/Economy/manufacturing-skill-workers-US/2013/11/07/id/535317

Bloomberg Bowing to Chinese?

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A lengthy New York Times report makes the case that Bloomberg News has softened its coverage of China for fear of having its reporters kicked out of the country.

Editor-in-chief Matthew Winkler denies the allegation, but the Times musters a great deal of evidence, starting with one Bloomberg story that hasn’t seen the light of day:

“The investigative report they had been working on for the better part of a year, which detailed the hidden financial ties between one of the wealthiest men in China and the families of top Chinese leaders, would not be published.

“In the call late last month, Mr. Winkler defended his decision, comparing it to the self-censorship by foreign news bureaus trying to preserve their ability to report inside Nazi-era Germany, according to Bloomberg employees familiar with the discussion.

“‘He said, “If we run the story, we’ll be kicked out of China,”’ one of the employees said. Less than a week later, a second article, about the children of senior Chinese officials employed by foreign banks, was also declared dead, employees said.

“Mr. Winkler said in an email on Friday that the articles in question were not killed. ‘What you have is untrue,’ he said. ‘The stories are active and not spiked.’”

In that case, the real test will be whether Bloomberg ever publishes them.

In a statement, Bloomberg News expresses disappointment in the Times piece and says “it is absolutely false that we postponed these stories due to external pressure.” But what about the kicked-out-of-China quote?

SEMA Show 2013 Las Vegas

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Specialty Equipment Market Association

SEMA Show takes place November 5 – November 8, 2013 at the Las Vegas Convention Center

The SEMA Show is the premier automotive specialty products trade event in the world. It draws the industry’s brightest minds and hottest products to one place, the Las Vegas Convention Center. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more.

SEMA Show 2012 drew more than 60,000 domestic and international buyers. The displays are segmented into 12 sections, and a New Products Showcase featured nearly 2,000 newly introduced parts, tools and components. In addition, the SEMA Show provides attendees with educational seminars, product demonstrations, special events, networking opportunities and more…

The SEMA Show is not open to the general public. The SEMA Show is a trade-only event and only qualified individuals employed within the automotive aftermarket industry are permitted to enter the convention center.

 

2013 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

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Made in USA News will be attending:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the “Yachting Capital of the World” will host the 54th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show on October 31-Nov 4, 2013. Show exhibits range from yacht builders and designers to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A wide variety of boats and sea vessels will be on display including runabouts, sportfishers, high performance boats, center consoles, cabin cruisers, flats boats, skiffs, express cruisers, sailing yachts, motor yachts, bowriders, catamarans, ski boats, jet boats, trawlers, inflatables, canoes, and extraordinary superyachts. Covering six locations and over 3 million square feet of space.

SHOW SCHEDULE

Oct 31 – Nov 4, 2013

Prime Time Preview:
Thurs. Oct 31, 10am – 7pm

General Admission:
Fri. Nov 1, 10am – 7pm
Sat. Nov 2, 10am – 7pm
Sun. Nov 3, 10am – 7pm
Mon. Nov 4, 10am – 5pm

To schedule an interview or press release  on or before: Wednesday October 30th between 9:00 to 2:00

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Scientists trace deadly piglet virus hitting US farms to China

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Published October 23, 2013

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A virus deadly to baby pigs that has roiled the U.S. pork industry likely originated in the Anhui Province of China and may have evolved from a virus seen in bats, according to a report by veterinary researchers at the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech.

The report should help diagnostic researchers and federal officials, who have been trying to trace the origin of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv) since it was first identified in the United States this past spring.

Previously, investigators and veterinary researchers tracking the outbreak said that there was some indication that the PEDv strain seen in the U.S. was 99.5 percent similar in genetic make-up to that identified in China. But exactly where it came from and how it arrived in the United States were mysteries.

According to the report published last week in the American Academy of Microbiology journal mBio, the researchers extracted strains of PEDv virus from infected animals in Minnesota and Iowa.

They then compared the genetic code of the virus in these samples to PEDv samples isolated in China’s Anhui province during an outbreak that began in late 2010. The results showed that the three strains that have emerged in the United States are most closely related to particular Chinese strains.

“Taken together, the available sequence and phylogenetic data indicate that the PEDV strains emerging in the United States originated from China,” according to the published report.

The researchers cautioned that “the exact source of the origin is difficult to identify at this point.”

Veterinary researchers and U.S. Department of Agriculture officials say that PEDv does not pose a threat to human health, nor to food safety.

While, there has been no indication that PEDv could jump from one species to another, the research team said it found the U.S. PEDv strains to have some of the same genetic features seen in a bat coronavirus. That, in turn, suggests the virus may have possibly having originated in bats and a potential for “cross-species transmission,” according to the report.

There is no definitive data yet of how many animals have died in the United States from PEDv as farmers are not required to report PEDv outbreaks.

As of the week of October 6, there have been 768 confirmed cases reported in 18 states, according to data compiled by state university diagnostic laboratories and federal officials. Each reported case could represent thousands of infected animals.

Diagnostic veterinarians, producers and some livestock economists said they expected the virus to spread more rapidly as temperatures cool in the fall when piglets are being born. The virus is particularly deadly to very young pigs: average mortality rates range from 80 to 100 percent.

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Foot Locker’s New Balance Custom Made in the USA Experience

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Made in the USA is something that is hard to come by in the world of sneakers in this day and age. It hasn’t always been the case but for New Balance, it’s something they pride themselves on. The Norridgewock, Maine factory is where New Balance churns out the classic 574, which can be created in your owned custom designed colorway on the New Balance website. For some, designing their own sneaker is the pinnacle of sneakers. But Foot Locker decided to take one of the best things about sneakers and make it even better.

This summer Foot Locker teamed up with New Balance to create an in-store experience for those looking to create their own identity when it comes to their sneaker choice. If you visit their store in Times Square, you can see all the materials and colors, all the way down to the stitching, that go into making a pair of custom designed New Balance 574s. The design station lets you customize 14 different parts of the shoe from the toebox up front to the optional custom stitched heel. It’s so many options that you won’t ever find time to create all 48 quadrillion of them (yes, it’s actually that many).

The best part about the entire experience, aside from the quality of New Balance’s Made in the USA sneakers, is that it takes relatively no time at all. After about 12 business days, the New Balance 574 you design in store will show up at your door. Of course, you can track its progress along the way if you’re too impatient. But if you think about it, the time that it takes is perfect. You could plan a nice vacation to NYC, hit up the Foot Locker in Times Square on your first day, deisgn your kicks, and by the time you head back home, they’ll likely be on their way to you. What could be more appropriate than a designed in New York City, Made in the USA, New Balance 574 to commemorate experiencing NYC?

To find out more about Made in USA Certification please visit our website: www.USA-C.com

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Beijing announces emergency measures amid fog of pollution

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By Paul Armstrong and Feng Ke, CNN

updated 2:39 AM EDT, Wed October 23, 2013

(CNN) — With its skies regularly shrouded by a filthy film of gray smog, bringing chaos to the transportation network and forcing millions to seek refuge behind surgical masks, Beijing has been forced to take more extreme action.

Officials in China’s capital this week announced a raft of emergency measures in a bid to tackle the problem, including mandatory factory closures and bans on cars entering the city on days when pollution levels are particularly high.

While Beijing is not alone when it comes to smoke-filled skies, this city of more than 20 million people has come to symbolize the environmental cost of China’s break-neck economic growth.

Red alert

The city’s Heavy Air Pollution Contingency Plan stipulates that when there is “serious pollution for three consecutive days,” a warning system comprising of blue, yellow, orange and red — the most serious — alerts will be activated. Kindergartens, primary and middle schools will then have to stop classes, while 80% of government-owned cars must be taken off the roads. Private cars will only be allowed to enter the city on alternate days according to ballot system of the numbers on their registration plates.

All freight vehicles and those transporting material for construction sites will be barred from the roads when the red alert is issued, while more watering carts and sprinkler trucks will take to the roads, the state-run China Dailyreported.

Factories in the city emitting pollutants will be required to cut their emissions or shut down completely when the orange warning signal is hoisted, while construction sites must halt excavation and demolition operations. Other measures include a ban on barbeques and fireworks on heavily polluted days.

Harmful to health

According to the plan, these emergency measures will come into play when the air quality index for fine particulate matter, PM2.5 — airborne particles considered most harmful to health — exceeds 300 micrograms per cubic meter for three days running. The “safe” limit is 25 micrograms, the World Health Organization says.

While the announcement has been broadly welcomed as a step in the right direction, doubt remains about its long-term effectiveness.

“The new emergency measures show the government’s determination to tackle the air pollution in Beijing, especially those regulations that limit car use and close schools and kindergartens on heavily polluted days. It shows that the authority has really paid attention to those vulnerable groups,” Huang Wei, a spokesman for Greenpeace East Asia, told CNN.

“But what is problematic is that those emergency measures are only targeted to those polluted days. It is rather a remedial measure than a preventative measure, and just to repair won’t help the issue in the long run.

“The air pollution in Beijing is mostly transmitted from other cities, and what Beijing can do is very limited. What the authority should do is to build a linkage mechanism, combining preventative measures with emergency control. For instance, factories in surrounding areas like Inner Mongolia, and Shandong Province could close their factories in advance before the potential transmission of serious pollutants. It should be collaborative work between cities, and only Beijing is not enough.”

Popular opinion

This view was backed by many ordinary Chinese on Weibo, China’s popular micro-blogging service.

“They should have some long-term thinking instead of always waiting till the crisis happens,” posted one user with the handle Shijinmilu.

Another, called Qinghualiuqingyu, asked: “How about those people who can’t afford an expensive house in the city and have to take cars to work every day?”

“Cars are not the main polluters, surrounding factories are. Sometimes the pollution level still goes up crazily even it’s around 2 or 3 a.m. The policy itself is good, but it’s more important how they implement it,” said TangyuanAllesGute.

Positive action

It is rather a remedial measure than a preventative measure, and just to repair won’t help the issue in the long run.
Huang Wei, Greenpeace

Last month, the central government in China announced plans to start listing its top ten most air-polluted citiesevery month in the hope that national humiliation will push positive environmental action.

“We must put air quality control as an ecological red line for economic management and social development,” China’s Vice Premier Zhang Gao Li said in a statement as he announced the new policy at the 18th Air Pollution Control Conference in Beijing.

Chinese officials did not say when the first list would be announced, but the northern megacities of Beijing and Tianjin, as well as the surrounding provinces of Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia and Shandong have signed onto an official plan to speed up air pollution control measures.

Meanwhile, life was returning to some semblance of normality in northeastern China Wednesday as days of smog-filled skiesbrought one city to a standstill.

Thick smog closed Harbin’s international airport, affecting hundreds of flights, and closed schools and businesses as visibility in some areas was reduced to less than 20 meters (65 feet). Some buildings could barely be seen from the opposite side of the street, while drivers brave enough to take to the roads were forced to flash their hazard warning lights.

The unusually severe pollution levels were blamed on the city’s coal-fired heating system, as well as farmers burning straw as temperatures in the region begin to drop.

 

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