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Why U.S. Manufacturers Are Turning Their Attention to 'Reshoring' (November 6th, 2017)

Just two years after Tim Zimmerman learned American manufacturing was fleeing overseas, he tried to bring it back. In 1990, Zimmerman, persuaded a maker of kids' furniture to repatriate its production of hinges from China to his Wisconsin plant...

Stagnation, Not Automation is the Real Job Killer (November 6th, 2017)

Five million manufacturing jobs have been lost since 2000, yet the industry at large continues to grow as it uses technology and takes advantage of the connected world to run leaner and and more productive operations...

Leadership Light Series (November 6th, 2017)

AKA developed its “Light” series in Leadership Development to be delivered in a series of three 4 hour blocks. Each one of these 3 blocks includes an intrinsic survey to allow the participant to look within themselves for self-improvement...

Driverless Cars Are Giving Engineers a Fuel Economy Headache (October 24th, 2017)

Judging from General Motors Co.’s test cars and Elon Musk’s predictions, the world is headed toward a future that’s both driverless and all-electric. In reality, self-driving technology is a huge power drain...

Envisioning Education 4.0 (October 24th, 2017)

Manufacturing 4.0 is a compelling vision of a new industrial transformation driven by increasingly rapid advances in digital technologies that are led by manufacturing but are spreading throughout the entire economy...

Who Trained your Leaders/Supervisors (October 24th, 2017)

what “system” of Supervisory education have our leaders completed? In many ways we expect our Supervisors to do what our school teachers do, and then some, but without training in Leadership Skills. What formal training have we given them?

NIST Awards $3.9 Million for 2017 Small Business Innovation Research Program (October 10th, 2017)

The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) today announced that 21 small businesses will receive a total of $3.9 million in grants to support innovative technology development...

Digital Darwinism: Innovate or Die (October 10th, 2017)

The problem for manufacturers, like all businesses, is the innovator’s dilemma. You have an established company, a trained workforce, a customer base, and processes, but it’s hard to disrupt those things while remaining accountable to shareholders...

AKA is Kentucky’s MEP, But What is That? (October 10th, 2017)

For every one dollar of federal investment in the MEP Partnership at the federal level, the MEP national network generates $17.9 in new sales growth for manufacturers and $27.0 in new client investment. How can you get in on that?...

Mercedes Plots Tesla Attack with $1 Billion U.S. Electric Push (September 27th, 2017)

Mercedes will build its fifth battery plant globally and create more jobs in the region.The Alabama factory will assemble electric sport utility vehicles, taking on Tesla’s Model X and making Stuttgart-based Daimler the first European Company...

Four Quality Management Issues on Every Manufacturer’s Mind (September 27th, 2017)

Quality management in manufacturing significantly contributes to a manufacturer's brand and bottom line. However, persistent challenges to quality management continue to trouble SMMs alike. The issues, of course, vary depending on the existing culture...

How do They Know They Can Trust You? (September 27th, 2017)

With millions of potential suppliers world wide, how do you know you can trust a supplier or how do they know they can trust you? Industries are quickly adopting independent certification bodies to review and certify quality among potential suppliers...

2017 and 2018 Fort Campbell Events (Job Fairs/Employer Events) (September 14th, 2017)

Attached is the latest Fort Campbell Job Fair and Employer Event schedule through December 2018. I have included the remainder of 2017 also. We are currently filling tables for our October 2017 schedule...

Heart and Sole: A Case for American Manufacturing (September 12th, 2017)

I was walking into a shoe factory in the United States at a time when around 99% of the shoes worn in this country are made in another and U.S. factory work is being steadily overtaken by robots and automation, I was entering an American footwear plant...

It’s time for America to prove its’ ‘metal’ (September 12th, 2017)

President Trump recently announced an executive order aimed at strengthening both America’s manufacturing sector and the supply chains that keep it running. This is a much-needed effort since our nation has lost more than 60,000 factories and 5m jobs...

You are Only as Good as Your Weakest Supplier (September 12th, 2017)

How good are your suppliers? How much risk do they add to your manufacturing processes? These are questions that many management teams ask, but may leave unanswered. Managing supplier relationships is often overlooked...

Is On-Demand Manufacturing the Next Industrial Trend? (August 29th, 2017)

The landscape of industrial activity is changing, and not since Henry Ford instituted the assembly line have manufacturers faced such a consequential shift in organizational thinking...

The Survivors: Still American-made When Others Left Long Ago (August 29th, 2017)

These stories show the challenge of producing at home … and also that it’s not impossible...

Internal Auditing for the New ISO 9001:2015. Are You Ready? (August 29th, 2017)

A revision to the ISO 9001 standard was finalized and released in 2016. This new standard is referred to as ISO 9001:2015. Are you familiar with the new standard? More importantly, can your internal auditors conduct an effective audit of your QMS?

Onshoring Keeps Robust Pace (August 8th, 2017)

President Trump has yet to initiate the threatened tariffs and other trade policies he promised during his campaign, but the number of companies proclaiming bringing production back to the US or initiating production here has jumped since his election...

Are Apprenticeships the Answer? (August 8th, 2017)

Trump is pushing them, as did Obama. On paper, everyone seems to love them. What’s the payoff, and what are the barriers? And if they’re so great, why are many manufacturers still reluctant to embrace them?

Implementing and Managing Growth (August 8th, 2017)

Often there are many choices to be made and companies that do not carefully consider their growth and do not have a strategic growth plan are not equipped to make those decisions. This can lead to problems down the road...

Their view: Defense industry relies Pa. manufacturers (August 3rd, 2017)

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, Pennsylvania ranked sixth among all states in total DoD contract fulfillment during the 2015 fiscal year. A year, Pa. businesses provided more than $10.3 billion of goods and services to all military branches.

Senator’s manufacturing and science priorities featured in 2018 appropriations bill (August 3rd, 2017)

Sen. Chris Coons joined his colleagues on the committee to approve annual appropriations bill Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies, which supports numerous programs on which Delaware’s manufacturing and science communities rely...

Appropriations Committee approves FY2018 Commerce, Justice, Science bill (August 3rd, 2017)

Vermont Business Magazine:The fiscal year 2018 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Bill provides a total of $53.4 billion in discretionary funding, $3.2 billion less than fiscal year 2017, and $4.4b more than requested..

Rebuilding American Manufacturing Competitiveness (August 3rd, 2017)

The MEP network is vital to helping manufacturers be competitive in the global marketplace and rebuilding U.S. manufacturing. Eliminating the MEP program seems contradictory to President Trump's focus on manufacturing.

President Trump and His Way-Back Machine (August 2nd, 2017)

The good news is that American manufacturing output is the highest in its history. The bad news for manufacturing workers is that automation and technology have allowed the value of manufacturing to grow ever higher with fewer and fewer employees.

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.

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Why U.S. Manufacturers Are Turning Their Attention to 'Reshoring'

Just two years after Tim Zimmerman learned American manufacturing was fleeing overseas, he tried to bring it back. In 1990, Zimmerman, persuaded a maker of kids' furniture to repatriate its production of hinges from China to his Wisconsin plant...

Stagnation, Not Automation is the Real Job Killer

Five million manufacturing jobs have been lost since 2000, yet the industry at large continues to grow as it uses technology and takes advantage of the connected world to run leaner and and more productive operations...

Leadership Light Series

AKA developed its “Light” series in Leadership Development to be delivered in a series of three 4 hour blocks. Each one of these 3 blocks includes an intrinsic survey to allow the participant to look within themselves for self-improvement...

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