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Recruiting and Filling Manufacturing Jobs Require New Tactics

Over the past two years, there has been a steady increase in the number of manufacturing jobs created in the United States. Whether it has been created from the nationwide "Buy Local" movement, the onshoring mentality, or President Barack Obama's initiative to create manufacturing institutes across the country, the number of U.S. manufacturing jobs is on the rise. These jobs, however, aren't your...

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Editor's Note: America's Infrastructure "D"eficiencies

Vice President Joe Biden recently slammed New York's LaGuardia Airport as being Third World, citing Hong Kong International Airport as where America's airports ought to be. As a frequent traveler through both, I have to agree. And so would the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), which last year gave the U.S. aviation system a "D" grade in the "Report Card for America's Infrastructure" it...

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The Subtle Genius Behind Large-Scale Automation

Manufacturing tends to remain stable until a singular event or invention appears. This disruptive event creates a paradigm shift, eventually altering the way in which manufacturing is done worldwide. The opening of true global markets was one event that increased the importance of manufacturing competitiveness. It became important not to just vie for market space with local competition but to...

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Love Your MOM: Before Your Software and System Integration, Love Your People

A new study by Cambridge, Mass.-based advisory firm LNS Research shows that the best-performing manufacturing firms place a priority on selecting the right software and systems integrator for the implementation of manufacturing operations management (MOM) applications. However, internal project teams hold the primary responsibility for project success. For its recently completed 2013-2014 MOM...

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Industry Crib Sheet: Small Businesses Fighting to Stay Upbeat

Industrial Production's Hot Stretch Ends 2014 Will Be What to Make of Big Data At the start of 2014, small business owners were optimistic about their sales and hiring expectations, but their optimism was slowing down, and one economist warns of tough conditions ahead. The National Federation of Independent Business' (NFIB) Small Business Optimism Index in January checked in at 94.1, only 0.2...

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The Light Side: TSA's 2013 Collection of Confiscated Items

A Fish Precursor to Hugh Jackman's Boxing Robot Fire Ants Are Being Dispatched Mercilessly Oxytocin Brings Everlasting Love We at ThomasNet News annually cover many year-end reports published by industry groups, business organizations, and government agencies tracking industrial production, employment, etc etc. Not to be outdone, the Transportation Security Administration blog has posted its 2013...

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Reshoring Initiative's Harry Moser: Bring Manufacturing Back Because of the Economics

For Harry Moser, the return of manufacturing to the United States is a very personal one that began as a boy growing up in Elizabeth, N.J. His father and grandfather were employed in management roles at the once-prospering Singer Sewing Machine Company factory in Elizabeth. Moser, himself, worked at the plant during high school and college summer vacations. And then it was gone. Singer, like many...

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The Shift from Rigid to Flexible Packaging: What Are the Benefits?

The way in which consumers view and interact with packaged products is changing. With a growing focus on convenience and sustainability, traditional pack types are being replaced by innovative and flexible options designed to meet these consumer needs. The flexible packaging market is estimated to be worth $351 billion by 2018, meaning that it is rapidly gaining market share from other sectors...

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AMT Viewpoint: How Will Congress Respond to Manufacturing's Needs?

It was encouraging to hear manufacturing figure prominently in President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last month. He used the opportunity to announce executive actions on manufacturing innovation and federal job training. He also urged Congress to act on issues important to manufacturers such as tax and immigration reform. How will Congress respond? Now that the budget is off the...

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Editor's Note: Winning the War for Talent

"The battle for great people is just getting started." That was the declaration Jim Ryan, CEO of Grainger, the industrial supplies distributor, made yesterday at an intimate media roundtable held at the 2014 Grainger Show in Orlando. Even as countless efforts to reverse the manufacturing and technology skills gap are underway, the challenge to find qualified employees and new talent is only...

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