Battery in Michigan -- and it's a good thing
Manufacturer's decision to locate new plant in state hailed as 'exactly what we need'
The state of Michigan hasn't had the best of years, but an announcement from a Massachusetts battery manufacturer that it will lcoate a new plant in southeast Michigan was hailed by politicians and labor unions as a major step forward.
A123 Systems' new plant will build batteries for hybrid cars and other alternative energy uses, which drew wide praise from state officials. The Detroit Free-Press quoted U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow as saying the announcement "is exactly where we need to be in terms of advanced manufacturing. Battery development and battery manufacturing is critical to the auto industry and critical to the next generation of hybrids and plu-in hybrids.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey