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The Inside Track

For many shops, the best source of new business is existing customers. Is the best source of new talent your existing employees?
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Military Readiness

A small nonprofit is demonstrating just how ready veterans are to transition into skilled manufacturing careers. The organization is helping vets and manufacturers at the same time. How far could this training model go?
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The Automation Incentive

One of the stranger consequences of the health care law might be its effect on technology investment.
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Run for the School Board

Manufacturing leaders can do a lot of good within this elected office—for their communities, for young people and for their own businesses.
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On Knowledge

Advancing knowledge within manufacturing is key to advancing manufacturing.
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The Myth of GDP

We might be getting poorer while we imagine we’re getting richer.
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Beyond 500,000

Is there still a direct connection between manufacturing and “manufacturing jobs”? Whatever the answer, manufacturing is still a job creator.
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Labor Is Local

That’s one issue. Two others are “stretch” and cyclicality. Together they explain why manufacturing wages haven’t caught up with the demand for labor. What happens when they do?
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There’s a Place Like This for You, Too

We created a video to give school-age kids an authentic look at the world of a manufacturing engineer. Here is what I hope my kids will see.
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Bullish on U.S. Machining

An investment fund seeks returns by buying shops and equipping them to succeed.
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On the Election

Looking for lessons in the November election outcome, here is what I find.
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The Cost of Doing Business

Developing skilled employees internally is expensive, but not doing so might be more expensive still.
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Watch and Learn

These videos share ideas that might be relevant to the challenges your shop is facing.
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Look Like a Leader

What distinguishes the best-performing shops? Here are my impressions.
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Leave the Average Productivity Behind

Official measures of U.S. manufacturing productivity are overstated. Productivity at the extremes is the real story.
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No Lie, Love Will Win

The pitches on behalf of manufacturing careers are often short-sighted.
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First Impressions Aren’t the Last Word

Part of the case for manufacturing relates to people.
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Important Versus Urgent

Don’t let the search for manufacturing staff today distract you from the potential for developing employees tomorrow.
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