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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.

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?

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2017 and 2018 Fort Campbell Events (Job Fairs/Employer Events)

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

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’

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...

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