Manufacturing in New Hampshire http://nhpr.org en Exports From N.H. Grow Faster Than Any Other State In 2013 http://nhpr.org/post/exports-nh-grow-faster-any-other-state-2013 <p>Exports grew at 22 percent in 2013, marking the second time in 4 years that New Hampshire has led the country in export growth. The International Trade Association of New Hampshire says that Granite state businesses are now sending $4.3 billion dollars worth of goods out of the country annually.</p><p>In general, manufacturing industries drive exports; “electrical manufacturing, electrical machinery, industrial machinery, medical devices, aerospace and defense, and IT” are New Hampshire’s strong suits, according to Kim&nbsp;Kasim, Program director at the NH&nbsp;ITA. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:00:19 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 44343 at http://nhpr.org A Bicycle Built From Bamboo: Can It Get This Alabama Town Back On Track? http://nhpr.org/post/bicycle-built-bamboo-can-it-get-alabama-town-back-track <p><strong>Lance Rake </strong>is Professor of <a href="http://www.sadp.ku.edu/design/industrial/">Industrial Design </a>at the University of Kansas and the creative force behind “The Semester Bicycle,” a sleek and durable bike&nbsp; made of bamboo grown just three blocks from an assembly shop in Greensboro, Alabama. He’s collaborating with community development organizations in Greensboro to create more than an innovative bike, but a new manufacturing model to pull a town in an economic standstill back into the race.&nbsp;</p><p> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 16:22:00 +0000 Virginia Prescott 35041 at http://nhpr.org A Bicycle Built From Bamboo: Can It Get This Alabama Town Back On Track? Sturm, Ruger Announces Plans To Expand Out-Of-State http://nhpr.org/post/sturm-ruger-announces-plans-expand-out-state <p>It’s been a busy few years for <a href="http://www.ruger.com/index.html" target="_blank">Sturm, </a><a href="http://www.ruger.com/index.html" target="_blank">Ruger</a>…so much so, the company is looking to start another factory out-of-state.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 03 May 2013 22:04:06 +0000 Amanda Loder 26841 at http://nhpr.org Sturm, Ruger Announces Plans To Expand Out-Of-State Map: Where N.H.'s Gun Manufacturers Are (And Aren't) http://nhpr.org/post/map-where-nhs-gun-manufacturers-are-and-arent <p>Recently, NHPR examined the <a href="http://www.nhpr.org/post/nh-benefits-firearms-boom-0" target="_blank">impact of the firearms industry on the state's economy</a>.&nbsp; Especially now, with gun sales at <a href="http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/01/11/179551/us-gun-sales-hit-a-record-high.html" target="_blank">historic highs</a>, this subset of New Hampshire's manufacturing industry is benefiting.&nbsp; Looking at federal firearms manufacturing licenses, we've pinpointed where the state's firearms manufacturers are located. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 19:15:57 +0000 Amanda Loder 21893 at http://nhpr.org Map: Where N.H.'s Gun Manufacturers Are (And Aren't) N.H. Benefits From Firearms Boom http://nhpr.org/post/nh-benefits-firearms-boom-0 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As federal lawmakers grapple with tighter gun control laws, business is good for the firearms industry.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Across the country, gun dealers can’t keep them on the shelves, and manufacturers can’t keep up with demand. But how do these trends affect New Hampshire's economy?</span></p><p> Mon, 11 Feb 2013 12:20:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 21699 at http://nhpr.org N.H. Benefits From Firearms Boom Fast Food Jobs Should Count for Something http://nhpr.org/post/fast-food-jobs-should-count-something <p>Mitt Romney and President Obama frequently remind us, jobs and the economy&nbsp;are the issues of the 2012 presidential race. The loss of an estimated 3 million manufacturing since 2000 has carved a deep hole in the American economy. Many manufacturing jobs have gone overseas, taking a toll on the middle class wages that once anchored the American economy. Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:31:34 +0000 Virginia Prescott 13653 at http://nhpr.org Fast Food Jobs Should Count for Something More NH High School Students Head to College, Leave NH http://nhpr.org/post/more-nh-high-school-students-head-college-leave-nh <p>The New Hampshire <a href="http://www.education.nh.gov/highered/research/documents/2012_status_report.pdf ">Department of Education says</a> that in the past decade there has been a 6 percent increase in the number of high school graduates continuing on to college, but also a five percent increase in the number of high schoolers leaving the state for college.</p> Tue, 31 Jul 2012 20:58:29 +0000 Sam Evans-Brown 9850 at http://nhpr.org More NH High School Students Head to College, Leave NH New Hampshire Factories Struggle To Fill Jobs http://nhpr.org/post/new-hampshire-factories-struggle-fill-jobs <p>Nationally,&nbsp;there are&nbsp;about&nbsp;600,000 unfilled&nbsp;factory jobs.&nbsp; But despite&nbsp;high&nbsp;unemployment, these jobs are proving all-but-impossible to fill, even in New Hampshire.&nbsp; For one thing, most people don&rsquo;t have the skills.&nbsp; And many companies are handing over the training, and cost, of potential new workers to community colleges.&nbsp; But that still doesn&rsquo;t guarantee it will lead to new hires. Fri, 18 May 2012 15:09:51 +0000 Amanda Loder 5103 at http://nhpr.org New Hampshire Factories Struggle To Fill Jobs Three Reasons Why It’s Boom Time For NH Manufacturers http://nhpr.org/post/three-reasons-why-it-s-boom-time-nh-manufacturers <p>Although <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/tag/tourism/" target="_blank" title="The Temperamental Economics Of Tourism">tourism</a> is something of a signature industry for New Hampshire, the largest sector of the state&rsquo;s economy&ndash;by far&ndash;is advanced <a href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/tag/manufacturing/" target="_blank" title="How NH's Building A New Manufacturing Economy">manufacturing</a>.&nbsp; So-called &ldquo;SMHT&rdquo; (Smart Manufacturing/High Technology). Fri, 11 May 2012 19:03:26 +0000 Amanda Loder 4640 at http://nhpr.org Three Reasons Why It’s Boom Time For NH Manufacturers Auto Parts Suppliers Hiring As Fast As They Can http://nhpr.org/post/auto-parts-suppliers-hiring-fast-they-can <a href="http://www.npr.org/series/148302587/looking-up-pockets-of-economic-strength">Part of a series</a><p>Detroit automakers are creating thousands of new jobs amid a sales boom. And as they expand, their suppliers are racing to keep up, adding tens of thousands of new jobs.<p>At Bridgewater Interiors in Warren, Mich., for example, the pace is intense. Hundreds of union employees scurry to fill a growing list of orders. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 Michigan Radio: Tracy Samilton 2500 at http://nhpr.org Auto Parts Suppliers Hiring As Fast As They Can Factories 'Reshore' Some Work From Overseas http://nhpr.org/post/factories-reshore-some-work-overseas <em><a href="http://www.npr.org/series/148302587/looking-up-pockets-of-economic-strength">Part of a series</a></em><p>During the worst of the Great Recession, U.S. factory jobs were disappearing at a furious pace. As 2007 began, about 14 million Americans were working in manufacturing.<p>Three years and one frightful recession later, only 11.5 million were.<p>But since 2010, employment has been ticking back up, with companies adding about 400,000 jobs.<p>One reason for at least a small portion of that growth: the return of factory work from overseas. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 20:18:00 +0000 2492 at http://nhpr.org Factories 'Reshore' Some Work From Overseas Why Gen Y's (Slowly) Reconsidering Factory Work http://nhpr.org/post/why-gen-ys-slowly-reconsidering-factory-work Recently, <a title="Boiling point? The skills gap in U.S. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 15:41:56 +0000 Amanda Loder 2537 at http://nhpr.org Are Tax Breaks The Right Move For Manufacturing? http://nhpr.org/post/are-tax-breaks-right-move-manufacturing The White House says restoring the U.S. manufacturing sector is an essential part of getting the economy back on track.<p>GOP candidate Rick Santorum wants to see tax breaks for manufacturing companies, and the Obama administration proposed something similar last week. Mon, 05 Mar 2012 08:41:00 +0000 Jim Zarroli 2291 at http://nhpr.org Are Tax Breaks The Right Move For Manufacturing? Why One Reporter Says There’s No “Skills Gap” In Manufacturing, After All http://nhpr.org/post/why-one-reporter-says-there%E2%80%99s-no-%E2%80%9Cskills-gap%E2%80%9D-manufacturing-after-all <p>First of all, if you haven&rsquo;t read <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/21/skills-mismatch-unemployment_n_1292273.html?ref=business" target="_blank" title="'Skills Mismatch' Causing High Unemployment? Wed, 22 Feb 2012 20:35:00 +0000 Amanda Loder 2091 at http://nhpr.org Why One Reporter Says There’s No “Skills Gap” In Manufacturing, After All Breaking Down NH's Manufacturing Economy By County http://nhpr.org/post/breaking-down-nhs-manufacturing-economy-county Given that manufacturing got prominent play in the <a title="Economic Themes Dominate NH State Of The State Address" href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/2012/01/31/economic-themes-dominate-nh-state-of-the-state-address/" target="_blank">State of the State address</a> <em>and </em>is a key piece of <a title="Visualizing The State Of The Union Address (And The GOP Response)" href="http://stateimpact.npr.org/new-hampshire/2012/01/25/visualizing-the-state-of-the-union-address-and-the-gop-response/" target="_blank">President Obama's new jobs initiative</a>, StateImpact's in full-on data- Wed, 01 Feb 2012 19:15:25 +0000 Amanda Loder 1657 at http://nhpr.org