Posts from October 2011

Be a Lean Producing Machine

October 27, 2011

Lean manufacturing is a fast growing trend in manufacturing production processes. The idea is to consider the expenditures of resources that produce any product and determine how a plant’s practices can be trimmed down to preserve value while eliminating unnecessary work. How this is achieved varies on the specific business and its employees. Ultimately the goal for every business is to increase efficiency, decrease waste and use practical methods to reach a...

Free Trade Agreements Improve Manufacturing Industry

October 25, 2011

On Friday, President Obama signed off on the first three free trade agreements of his administration with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. These agreements will most likely be the first and last made during his current term. The deals have the potential to be worth billions of dollars to American exporters and could create tens of thousands of jobs, including thousands of jobs in the manufacturing industry. The three deals took years...

Skilled Workers Wanted for Hire

October 20, 2011

Industry surveys show that 86% of Americans agree manufacturing is important to their standard of living. 79% are reported saying, a strong manufacturing base should be a top national priority. While many say that if they could create 1,000 jobs in their community, manufacturing would be at the top of their list, only 33% said they could encourage their children to pursue a career in manufacturing. Americans seem to understand the importance...

Teaching New Dogs Old Tricks

October 18, 2011

Experts say that nearly 25% of the 11 million manufacturing workers in the U.S are 55 years of age or older. Just as in any industry, experience brings about the most knowledge. The longer you are in a particular trade the more you learn, whether it is through training, hands on application or trial and error. This group of approximately 2.7 million middle aged workers are a valuable asset to every manufacturing...

Help Your Business and Your Employees with Blended Learning

October 13, 2011

The unsteady economy has surely changed the way many businesses operate. From pay cuts to layoffs, many industries have had to adapt and endure, and the manufacturing business is just one of many. During these tough economic times, manufacturers have had to learn to run their business with a smaller workforce. This means having a staff that has the ability to take the lead and execute tasks all across the board. Since...

Get the Most Out of Industrial Training Initiatives

October 11, 2011

When it comes to industrial training, to increase your success rate, you must first determine your desired outcomes. More than often businesses train employees when a standard of work is not met, however training workers in advance will allow you to maintain a superior quality of work. To accomplish this you must be able to clearly communicate what your desired standard is as well as assess the level of skill your workforce...

Manufacturers Need to Act Now To Aid the Industry

October 6, 2011

On Wednesday, Aric Newhouse, the Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Relations of the National Association of Manufacturer (NAM) released a statement concerning the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Cement MACT and Boiler MACT regulations. Mr. Newhouse stated that the House will have an opportunity to protect manufacturing jobs and economic growth when they meet later this week. They can do so by passing legislation to stop the EPA from executing the...

Greater Growth in Store for U.S Manufacturers

October 4, 2011

According to the most recent Beige Book of the Federal Reserve Board, lately there has been more manufacturing activity in the Midwest and West than in the Mid-Atlantic region. While Cleveland reported a decrease in auto production, the decline was not alarming as it is expected this time of year due to normal seasonal retooling for model changes. Chicago reported a leveling off of auto production in August after a great month...