On the Wire | News and Analysis from the Web for the Week of February 3

Sustainable manufacturing: Good for the environment and metal fabricators.  The Fabricator 2/9
“Sustainable manufacturing is not another fad. Sustainable manufacturing is necessary for public health and employee safety. It is also simply good business practice. . . .”

Why Competing For New Talent Is a Mistake.  Harvard Business Review 2/5
“As demand grows for new and emergent skills, including UX design, cybersecurity, and data science, workers around the world — and labor markets — are struggling to keep up.  According to a recent survey conducted by the World Economic Forum, nearly eight in 10 global CEOs say they’re concerned about the availability of people with the right skills. . . .”

Pro-union bill draws 2020 battle lines.   The Hill 2/5
“Democrats and their labor allies are gearing up for a 2020 fight against business groups over legislation to protect workers’ rights to unionize. . . .”

Defense aircraft demand lifts U.S. factory orders; underlying softness remains.  Reuters 2/4
“New orders for U.S.-made goods increased by the most in nearly 1-1/2 years in December, flattered by robust demand for defense aircraft, but persistently weak business spending on equipment pointed to limited scope for a sharp rebound in manufacturing. . . .”

Survey: U.S. factories expand for first time since July.  AP 2/3
“U.S. factories expanded unexpectedly last month, snapping a five-month losing streak. . . .”

Logistics: To insource or outsource? Supply Chain Dive 2/4
“Shippers expect to spend more on outsourcing supply chain and logistics in the coming years as the functions grow in complexity. But how do organizations decide which operations to outsource and which to keep in-house, and what are some of the risks underlying those decisions? . . .”