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Moto X – Smartphone Assembled in America

25 Sep

Moto X

Here is a quick but interesting article about Google’s newest phone, the Moto X.  Google/Motorola decided to perform final assembly of the smartphone in the US, so they transformed an old Nokia building in Texas into a state of the art manufacturing facility.

Most components for the phone are still made overseas, but it all gets put together by the 2500 employees in Texas.  Check out the article here.  There are some very nice pictures.



Manufacturing in America: Economic and Innovation Success

18 Aug


The Black Friday Challenge: Buy One American-Made Item via Huffington Post

22 Nov

First, Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Second, you should check out this Huffpo blog post from Scott Paul:

I’m asking you to do one simple thing on Black Friday: Buy just one American-made product.

There are plenty of options, even in shopping malls. And there are scores of options online. But you’ll have to do a bit of research either way, and you’ll have to look for items other than electronic gadgets, smartphones, or the latest fad toys.

There are options for hipsterslocavoresorganizerspreppiesfashionistasinterior designersjocks, andkids — we’ve got the entire Breakfast Club covered, and then some. And there are countless resources to help get you started. We have many of them here.

Buying American sends important signals to the folks who have helped ruin our economy. To the outsourcers, it says “bring those jobs back.” To Capitol Hill, it says “if you can’t pass a jobs bill, we’ll take matters into our own hands.” To retailers, it says “we prefer American-made products.” Those signals, taken alone, won’t bring Made in America all the way back — but we’ll be headed in the right direction.

Some advice: don’t try to be pure. It’s virtually impossible. And it will drive you crazy. Sometimes, the choice just doesn’t exist. But, we can all do better. And we must. Our middle class depends on it. And so does our collective future.

His last point is something that really resonates with us at American Alternative.  You don’t have to look for things that are only 100% Made in the US.  If you do, you’ll often hit a brick wall, throw you hands up, and give up.  And that’s exactly what you shouldn’t do.  You should do what you can where you can, encouraging incremental improvements all throughout the supply chain.

You can jump to the full post here.

How to secure America’s Future in Manufacturing via Fortune

3 Aug

With so many companies off-shoring manufacturing jobs and using the “lack of skilled workers in the US” rationalization, I’m glad to come across an article with suggestions of what companies can do to proactively make the American workforce more competitive.

The author points out that “The industry itself must work to change the public’s perception of manufacturing” to create more public interest in “middle-skill” jobs.  They need to “advertise and send teams to schools, training centers, workforce development boards, local grassroots organizations, and places that draw jobseekers to convey the kinds of coursework, certifications, and just-in-time training that is available on the job, in the classroom, at training centers, or online.”  The author also recommends that companies collaborate with vocationally oriented schools and encourage educational internships.

You can read the entire article here.

As a final note, we’re working on our Charcoal Grills category recap.  It’s just hard to pull away from watching the Olympics to work on it.  GO TEAM USA!

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