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With Help from State Sustainability Program, Mitchell Metal Prepares for the Future

When the economic development arm of the state of Wisconsin partnered up with two other state agencies to help Badger State businesses work on sustainability, Alan Verploegh of Mitchell Metal Products was interested. Mitchell Metal is a Merrill, Wis.-based company that was founded in 1954 by Gordon and Arlette Mitchell, and today produces a whole range of metal forming products, including...

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Specialized Applications Drive Demand for Photonics and Optics Technologies

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. Energized by the insights embodied in the NAS report, industry groups rallied to create the new National...

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What Are the True Costs of Offshoring?

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. Michele Nash-Hoff, author of the book "Can American Manufacturing be Saved?" told IMT the theme of this year's Del Mar Design and Electronics...

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The Behavior Breakthrough

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.  What's the secret to superior execution? Is it brilliant strategy? Better processes? Superior technology? No. None of these suffices individually, or even in combination. To perform well over...

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How Manufacturers Can Retain Precious Talent through Employee Engagement

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? Two latest available research reports are underscoring a great need...

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Subaru Indiana Automotive Breaks Down Barriers to Achieve Energy Management

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. SIA was...

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Housing Rebound Puts Pressure on Construction Worker Shortage

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). Builders are struggling to find workers in areas of...

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Water-Stressed Municipalities and Industries Drive a Growing Market for Desalination Tech

"Desalination and water reuse in industry has emerged as one of the most important themes in the water sector over the past five years," declared research firm Global Water Intelligence (GWI) in a report last year. "Over the next five years the technologies associated with salt removal and the reuse of wastewater will become an essential part of sustainable economic growth." Driving the...

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3 Ways to Align Job Expectations with Reality -- Before It Hits You

Have you ever accepted a new job only to find it isn't really what you expected? To avoid "buyer's remorse" from happening again, here are three tips to consider prior to accepting a job offer. Professionals starting a new job usually are excited about joining a new employer, jumping in on the first day full of enthusiasm about a fresh start. Unfortunately, this enthusiasm can be short-lived when...

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Weekly Industry Crib Sheet: U.S. Economy up Despite Drop in Government Spending

Plus: Durable Goods Orders Up 3.3 Percent in April Consumer Confidence Grew Last Month Construction Spending Falls in First Quarter Jobless Claims Inch Up The first quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was revised up last week to a 2.4 percent annual growth rate. The increase is slightly less than economists' predictions of 2.5 percent. The modest growth is due to a rise in many indicators,...

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