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GM Brings Parts of Supply Chain Back to U.S. (July 24th, 2017)

Earlier this month, GM announced plans to open a new supplier park to support future vehicle production at its Arlington Assembly in Texas. GM estimates nearly 600 of the new manufacturing jobs created will replace work formerly done outside the U.S...

Partnership Looks to Train Veterans for Digital Manufacturing (July 24th, 2017)

With nearly 2.5 million manufacturing workers set to retire by 2025, the ongoing skill shortages could leave up to two million jobs unfilled. A new partnership between Rockwell Automation and ManpowerGroup will look to upskill 1,000 veterans per year...

Hiring and Retaining Good Employees (July 24th, 2017)

The challenge that I hear by far the most often is some form of “I would love to grow our business, but how do I find, hire, and retain good employees.” Until now, there has been little that anyone could do to meet this challenge.

Manufacturing Professionals to Trump: Focus on Infrastructure (July 5th, 2017)

A majority of manufacturing professionals say that Trump's plan for infrastructure spending will have a positive impact on their companies, but they are skeptical that Washington can make it happen.

Inside HP's 3-D Shift to Additive Manufacturing (July 5th, 2017)

On the West Coast, HP is innovating, testing and aiming to enhance manufacturing with new 3-D printing technology. The company could hit its lofty goal. First, though, its gift to the fourth industrial revolution could disrupt existing additive processes.

Mapping The Future (July 5th, 2017)

When is the last time you decided to go on vacation and left without thinking about where you are going and how to get there? To save time and money it is better to use a map and plan a route. This is what Value Stream Mapping is like in Manufacturing...

"Bad" Innovation is Just What Your Company Needs (June 27th, 2017)

It is easy to celebrate the big innovation wins, but it is hard to appreciate are those innovations that aren’t the blockbusters and home runs but nonetheless play a critical role in a company’s innovation strategy...

Ebay for Employee Benefits (June 27th, 2017)

The emergence of new technology is continually having a disruptive impact on innumerable industries. Consider the impact technology is having on one of the top three expenses on most employer’s P&L statements……. the acquisition of employee benefits...

"You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling"...Creating Passion That Leads to Growth Success (June 27th, 2017)

The most important attribute to having a successful business is often “passion”. Without passion, business growth is not only difficult but nearly impossible. If you want business growth, first, re-captivate that passion within you and your staff...

Toyota Kentucky Tackles a Tool-and-Die Worker Shortage (June 11th, 2017)

Wally Palen realized he had a “people problem.” Tool and die makers at Toyota’s Georgetown, Kentucky, plant, where he is assistant general manager, were disproportionately reaching retirement age, and replacements were hard to come by...

Stagnant U.S. Equipment Orders Signal Pause in Investment (June 11th, 2017)

A second straight month of stagnant orders for business equipment in April indicates investment in capital goods could slow in the second quarter, Commerce Department data show. after March revised down to no change...

Total Productive Maintenance- the Key to Reducing Downtime (June 11th, 2017)

What if a manufacturing facility could: Extend the useful life of their equipment by 50%, reduce downtime by 20%, improve safety of the facility, and maximize plant capacity and productivity – would you be interested? ...

A matchmaker for skilled manufacturing workers and biz (May 22nd, 2017)

A new Chicago company wants to be matchmaker between skilled manufacturing workers and the businesses seeking to hire them—just not full time. At FactoryFix, employers can browse profiles for engineers, machinists, maintenance technicians, welders...

Technology today is disrupting the fewest number of jobs in 165 years (May 22nd, 2017)

Contrary to popular perceptions, the labor market is not experiencing unprecedented technological disruption. In fact, occupational churn in the U.S. is at a historic low. It is time stop worrying and start accelerating productivity with more technology.

The Lean Office - An Overlooked Opportunity for Continuous Improvement (May 22nd, 2017)

Although manufacturers as well as all companies have clerical functions, most companies have not considered the benefits of applying Lean concepts as a way to streamline their office operations. But, how do we begin a Lean Office implementation?

Return One Million Jobs and Reshoring Initiative Cooperating to Bring Back One Million Jobs (May 14th, 2017)

Return One Million Jobs (ROMJ) was created to raise $20 million to bring one million manufacturing jobs to the U.S. from offshore. Over the last few decades, as many as four million manufacturing jobs have been lost to foreign nations to reduce costs...

Asking the Right Questions Can Frame a Successful Transformation (May 14th, 2017)

When done right, business transformations can solve major problems, the kind that often force you to take a make-or-break leap into the future. When they go wrong, even after months of careful planning and implementation, the results are dispiriting …

How Do We Prevent Lean Transformation from Failing? (May 14th, 2017)

I was recently asked by a client in Southern Kentucky if lean ever fails. “Of course I have seen lean fail”. I have seen the presentation of lean principles fail. The way it is presented can cause implementation failure...

Senators Push "Cost Effective" Regulatory Reform (May 1st, 2017)

A bipartisan group of senators is tackling regulatory reform from a new angle. The Regulatory Accountability Act reintroduced would require federal agencies to issue the most “cost-effective” rules necessary to accomplish their goals rather than lowest...

New Study on Women in Manufacturing Reveals Impact on Supply Chains (May 1st, 2017)

The study points to how companies can effectively recruit, retain and advance talented women in manufacturing, and illustrates ways women in manufacturing are making an impact in the industry through programs like STEP...

Ford Announces Transition to IATF 16949:2016 (May 1st, 2017)

Ford Motor Company is requiring its suppliers to transition to the new International Quality Standard, IATF 16949 which was released in October 2016. Ford stated that the date suppliers' transitions need to be complete is September 14, 2018.

Letter - Transition of Automotive Quality Management System Certification to New International Standard (April 24th, 2017)

Ford Motor Company notifies its suppliers of need to move from ISO/TS 16949:2009 certification to the new IATF 16949:2016 standard certification by September 14 of 2018.

Manufacturing CEOs to Trump: It's Not Jobs We Need … It's Skills (April 11th, 2017)

White House officials said Trump heard the CEOs' concerns about a shortage of qualified workers and said he supports efforts to increase training for factory jobs. But they didn't provide details.

Ford Tests Large-Scale 3D Printing (April 11th, 2017)

Ford Motor Company is exploring how large-scale one-piece auto parts, like spoilers, could be printed for prototyping and future production vehicles, as the first automaker to pilot the Stratasys Infinite Build 3D printer.

Are Your Work Teams Fully Effective? (April 11th, 2017)

Although teamwork sounds simple, and some people may have some inherent teamwork and team leadership abilities, there are many factors that can complicate effective teamwork. Although this may sound like bad news, the good news is that your team’s troub

Manufacturing Not Prepared for Cyber Breaches (April 5th, 2017)

Cyber breaches are on the rise for major companies and according to a study by Deloitte, the U.S. manufacturing sector is woefully unprepared for the cyber threats associated with new connected technology...

Manufacturing Production in U.S. Rises for Sixth Straight Month (April 5th, 2017)

Output at U.S. manufacturers rose in February for a sixth consecutive month, underscoring a sustained rebound in the industry. The 0.5% gain at factories, which make up 75% of overall industrial output, matched the prior month’s advance...

Truly Making Manufacturing Great Again! (April 5th, 2017)

Funding is only sent the MEP’s in each state based on feedback directly from impacted clients in that state. If the clients don’t see real results and feel an economic impact, the MEP doesn’t receive it’s funding for that program.

Walmart June 28 Open Call (April 4th, 2017)

I encourage your MEP to help local companies propose more U.S. products at the Walmart June 28 Open Call. Walmart has committed, over the ten years ending in 2023, to purchase an incremental $250 billion of U.S. products that are new or that replace impo

Trump’s Skinny Budget could Eliminate $83 Million in Impacts to Kentucky Manufacturers! (March 22nd, 2017)

Trump's "Skinny Budget" includes eliminating funds for MEP Programs across the US. This could eliminate funding of Advantage Kentucky Alliance, which has brought over $83 Million dollars in documented Kentucky savings in past 12 months...

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GM Brings Parts of Supply Chain Back to U.S.

Earlier this month, GM announced plans to open a new supplier park to support future vehicle production at its Arlington Assembly in Texas. GM estimates nearly 600 of the new manufacturing jobs created will replace work formerly done outside the U.S...

Partnership Looks to Train Veterans for Digital Manufacturing

With nearly 2.5 million manufacturing workers set to retire by 2025, the ongoing skill shortages could leave up to two million jobs unfilled. A new partnership between Rockwell Automation and ManpowerGroup will look to upskill 1,000 veterans per year...

Hiring and Retaining Good Employees

The challenge that I hear by far the most often is some form of “I would love to grow our business, but how do I find, hire, and retain good employees.” Until now, there has been little that anyone could do to meet this challenge.

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