Archive for June 4th, 2013

Although residential construction is expected to grow, builders cannot find enough qualified workers to keep up with the housing demand. The worker shortage spans across the construction sector, including HVAC, roofers, building maintenance managers, carpenters, and subcontractors, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
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In manufacturers’ struggle with the skills gap, their workforce shortage pressures are being made more acute by stubborn low job engagement among their existing employees. How can manufacturing employers raise their employee engagement levels and prevent workforce attrition from wreaking additional damage to their talent ranks? Read more


There is a growing trend to reshore manufacturing back to the U.S. as managers re-calculate and compare the true total costs of production. Still, there is a range of hidden metrics that are not factored often enough when determining where to produce goods. Read more

Credit: University of Pittsburgh.

Earlier this year, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released a new report that highlights the substantial progress made in the field of photonics and optics. The report points to opportunities in this fast-developing category for U.S. industry and benefits at large for society. Read more


In The Behavior Breakthrough, author Steve Jacobs reveals that the secret to organizational change is behavioral change, and offers businesses the keys to make those changes in their own workplace.  Read more

Credit: Subaru Indiana Automotive.

Credit: Subaru Indiana Automotive.

Environmental stewardship is deeply integrated into the Subaru brand. The automaker is best known for being one of the first assembly plants in the U.S. to become a zero-landfill facility. More recently, Subaru of Indiana Automotive (SIA) achieved another major milestone — becoming the first auto assembly plant in the U.S. to achieve the new ISO 50001 certification for energy management. Read more

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