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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...

In Search of Supply Chain Visibility: Transparency Via The Cloud (March 20th, 2017)

Responding to market uncertainty is a top pain point for most manufacturing supply chain executives, and the source of the problem is that most can’t answer the simple question, “Where is my stuff?”

The Ordinary Magic of the 21st Century Supply Chain (March 20th, 2017)

“You hear about companies like Amazon and Alibaba talking about reducing delivery time from two days to two hours. Then, they speak of a one-hour delivery window. But maybe that’s still too long, so they talk about using drones to become even faster...

The Benefits of Third Party Supplier Sourcing (March 20th, 2017)

Consider this: in many organizations, material cost can represent from 50% to 70% of the cost of the product being produced. This makes a strong business case for finding sources of supply that are not only cost effective, but also capable of keeping pa

NIST Response to Presidential Memorandum on Construction of American Pipelines (March 17th, 2017)

Letter to MEP Center Directors and Center Board Chairs regarding response to Presidential Memorandum on the Construction of American Pipelines...

AKA Response Letter to Presidential Memorandum March, 2017 (March 17th, 2017)

Earlier this week, you most likely heard about Presidents Trumps “skinny” budget. We have been expecting this news to come out and it is not a surprise. As in previous situations, the MEP system is rallying support from their congressional representative

U.S. Manufacturing Expands at Fastest Pace Since 2014 (March 7th, 2017)

Manufacturing in the United States expanded in February at the fastest pace since August 2014 as factory managers reported stronger orders and production. The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) index climbed to 57.7, the 6th straight monthly advance.

Willingness to Try New Things Guides FLEXcon through Digital Revolution (March 7th, 2017)

FLEXcon was founded in 1956 by Myles McDonough. His son, Neil noticed that his customers frequently turned down small orders. Neil believed that there was a good business in small custom orders, if you organized and priced yourself effectively...

"None of Us Is As Smart As All of Us" (March 7th, 2017)

“None of us is as smart as all of us” is a quote from a Japanese proverb. This prophetic statement is so correct. Any organization of size that relies on a single person to make all improvements is not operating at their greatest potential...

Listen Intently and Change Accordingly (February 22nd, 2017)

One of the most notable elements of Lean Six Sigma is to get “Voice Of the Customer” or VOC. This is a way of listening as a company to what our customers say about us and our products. It also can be a great source for product and marketing ideas...

Trump Announces Manufacturing Jobs Initiative (February 8th, 2017)

After a first week filled with meetings and headlines, President Donald Trump and White House officials announced the launch of a Manufacturing Jobs Initiative on Friday as a part of the administration’s overall job creation agenda.

Paths to Successful Organic Growth (February 8th, 2017)

Finding a successful and repeatable formula for organic growth is something every corporate board wants. Unfortunately, it’s a little like the Fountain of Youth – such a formula does not exist, no matter how much we wish it were so...

AKA Success Story: RT Welding & Fabrication (February 8th, 2017)

nothing is more convincing than verifiable success stories. Advantage Kentucky Alliance has many such success stories. We have some of them posted on our website. These stories all occurred in Kentucky and with companies of various sizes...

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A matchmaker for skilled manufacturing workers and biz

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

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

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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