I come from a manufacturing family. My dad works as a technician, servicing presses at a major commercial printer. My aunts and uncles all work for the same print company. My brothers are engineers for major heavy-industry and aerospace manufacturers. And then there's me.
According to the global chemistry industry production index, chemical production declined more than 10% in the first half of 2009. As a result, chemical companies are using flexible planning strategies to forecast supply and demand.
Much controversy revolves around the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill. According to Ben Lieberman, a senior policy analyst for energy and environment in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, the bill "affects employment, and especially employment in the manufacturing sector.