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Published: 8/1/2016

Are You Blazing New Trails to Build Your Future Workforce?
I’ve been working in the manufacturing industry for many years now, and I know that manufacturers have struggled far too long to bridge the skills gap. Thank goodness for moldmaker ingenuity and the desire to rise above the roadblocks!

Published: 7/18/2016

What You Put Out There Comes Back to You
Surely there is truth in this headline. I’ve seen it happen with my own eyes and recently witnessed it again when I participated with the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) Mold Technologies Division as its Mold Maker of the Year Award was presente...

Published: 7/8/2016

VIDEO: Molds, Michigan and Mike Rowe?
I cannot tell a lie. I was beyond thrilled to finally see Mike Rowe acknowledge moldmaking in his quest to promote the value of manufacturing to this country.

Published: 7/7/2016

Crossing the Skills Gap One Student at a Time
Every year, thousands of high school and college students who are enrolled in public career and technical programs make their way to the SkillsUSA national-level championships to compete for scholarships and awards. These students are the best in th...

Published: 6/9/2016

Young Folks Spend a Day at a Machine Shop
It's hard to have conversations with young people about manufacturing if they have never been in a shop. Luckily, MMS editor Derek Korn recently got a chance to take some millennials to a nearby advanced machine shop. Read their impressions followin...

Published: 5/26/2016

Training the Manufacturers of Tomorrow
Students at Northern Maine Community College's Precision Machining Program receive valuable real-world CNC experience and other manufacturing training.

Published: 5/18/2016

Let the Games and Trash Talk Begin!
Like the Chicago Chapter of the AMBA, the West Michigan Chapter is stepping up its game and will hold its first Supplier Night in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on June 29.

Published: 5/9/2016

From Marines to Manufacturers, Ready to Work
I know from personal experience early in my post-university years that veterans of our military often do not have enough highly-sought-after skills to find a good job once they are honorably discharged. Introducing Workshops for Warriors.

Published: 5/4/2016

Leading Your Industry: Chicago AMBA Sets the Pace
Today, I’m writing about leading our industry and how the AMBA’s Chicago Chapter continues to set the pace as it works to engage the next generation of makers.

Published: 5/3/2016

Student Video Contest Promotes Manufacturing Education
Teams of students recently visited local manufacturers not just to educate themselves, but to produce educational videos for their peers, parents and students.

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