Archive for March, 2013
3/29

In March, several new grants became available to help spur manufacturing growth and strengthen industry training. Here are three of the newest investments to aid industry and its pipeline. Read more


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3/29
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It’s a favorite nostrum of the green energy camp that they employ more people than fossil fuel industries do in the United States. They point to the government’s statistics to bolster this claim, the most recent of which is Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) annual report on “Employment in Green Goods and Services.”

On March 14 of this year Daniel J. Weiss, senior fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund offered testimony on “America’s Onshore Energy Resources: Creating Jobs, Securing America, and Lowering Prices” to the Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources of the Committee on Natural Resources. As part of his testimony, he noted, “In 2010, 3.1 million jobs in the United States were associated with the production of green goods and services, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.” Read more


3/28

A new report reveals the economic toll of the skilled worker shortage in Washington state, and emphasizes that filling jobs could generate $720 million in new state tax revenues annually. Read more


3/28

epa-logoThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will begin assessments on 23 commonly used chemicals, with a specific focus on flame retardant chemicals, in order to more fully understand any potential risks to people’s health and the environment. This effort is part of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) Work Plan, which identifies commonly used chemicals for risk assessment.

Flame retardants can be found in a wide variety of products, including furniture, textiles, and electronics. Some flame retardant chemicals can persist in the environment, bioaccumulate in people and animals, and have been shown to cause neurological developmental effects in animals. Read more


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Worldwide crude steel output fell slightly between January and February, but remained above the February 2012 level. However, U.S. steel production declined on both a month-to-month and year-over-year basis. Read more


3/28

By Yves Leclerc, West Monroe Partners

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Being “green” is no longer a new concept. Whether it’s improved public perception or bottom line results, organizations ranging from global enterprises to nimble start-ups understand that embedding green initiatives is just good business.  But, for a mid-sized manufacturer without deep pockets or a team dedicated to such initiatives, where do you begin? It can seem overwhelming given all of the complexities and inner workings of your supply chain. But, it can also make real financial sense.

For decades, many manufacturers turned to Lean as the answer to cost savings and efficiencies with little focus on sustainability. Unfortunately, many of these Lean  initiatives only eliminated waste on a temporary basis. Without an internal Lean team to oversee processes constantly, waste can creep back in, disrupting process flow. Today’s manufacturers should focus on optimization through engineering to build sustainable and green operations across all aspects of the supply chain. They can do this by following these five steps. Read more


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