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    Here's what we've been reading over the last week! 

    US Manufacturing Costs Are Almost as Low as China's: "BCG projects that by 2018 it will be 2% to 3% cheaper to make stuff here than in China."

    Dramatic Sustainability Gains Are Due to Process Improvement, Not Offshoring: "One conclusion that might be drawn from this finding, says the author, is that environmental regulation in the U.S., rather than simply driving the production of pollution-prone processes and products offshore, has stimulated manufacturers to make their products and processes more sustainable in the U.S."

    Attracting Manufacturing's Next Generation: "Next generation employees are used to advanced technology in every part of their lives. Being forced to perform a task with out-dated technology when they can see immediately that new tools could save massive amounts of repetitive work and time and be far more effective, is disheartening and dis-incentivizing..."

    AIM Action Plan Strives to Make the Commonwealth More Competitive: "MachineMetrics is the kind of company that may ultimately determine the ability of Massachusetts to build upon an economy that in many ways remains a paradox — an international center of technology, innovation, medical research, financial services, and higher learning near Greater Boston, but a more traditional, amorphous economy just outside of Route 128."

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