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Friday Focus: Small Manufacturing Leaders Reflect on Filling the Talent Pipeline

Faced with aging workers, expanding technologies and limited budgets, small manufacturers need to find creative ways to recruit new staff. Two manufacturers told ThomasNet News Career Journal that they've taken a proactive approach to make the industry a more appealing to millennial-aged job seekers. William Kabazie, president of Alkab Contract Manufacturing, said his challenge is finding new...

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Energy Management Offerings Get More Robust

In a world where everything is increasingly connected, connectivity providers like Cisco Systems are touting the advantages of linking various elements of an enterprise (such as people to people, machines to people, machines to machines) through the Internet of Everything (IoE). One significant benefit of such linkage is energy savings. Cisco had already taken a deep dive exploring the...

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Natural Gas Boom Spurs Demand for Chemical Tankers

This surge in natural gas output has significantly increased the need for specialized chemical tankers that can move product between the U.S. and Asia, where demand is strongest. Long manufacturing lead times present a challenge for shippers that is difficult to skirt around.  A nearly 25 percent boost in American natural gas output during the past decade has cut costs for chemical producers,...

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Kacy Qua, CEO and Founder of Qualifyor, Helps Pave the Way to Alternative Education

Kacy Qua is an entrepreneur who knows that successful business founders need to be specific about the people they serve and the problems they strive to solve. As the CEO of Qualifyor, her mission is connecting youth with employers to create a project-based learning experience and real-time feedback -- a nontraditional education approach that leverages employers as teachers and gives students an...

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New Data Shows Wind Power Much More Expensive Than Billed

By some accounts, these are boom times for wind power in the United States. The U.S. Department of Energy has released studies finding record growth across the U.S. wind market. Wind energy was the number one source of new U.S. electricity generation last year with $25 billion in U.S. investment, the agency announced. The nation's total wind power capacity on the grid nearly doubled from 2011 to...

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Manufacturing Workers are Confident in Future of Employers

Confidence is rising among manufacturing and logistics employees as fewer plan to hunt for new jobs, and more than half say they believe their current employer has a strong future, according to a new Randstad index survey. Of 167 employees surveyed during the third quarter of the year, 53 percent were confident in the future of their employer, a 6 percent surge from the second quarter. And 74...

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Growth and Innovation Happen When We Team Up

More than ever, the economic environment shows that those who learn the art of collaboration have the great advantage of carving out a growth path. Corporate venturing -- traditionally defined as when a company supports innovation and new projects internally -- can take other forms, such as when a company is willing to sit down with an entrepreneurial business, regardless of size, and find ways...

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Debris from 2011 Japanese Tsunami Floating Toward U.S.: How Worried Should We Be?

Typhoon Haiyan has had a devastating impact on the Philippines and the world, with thousands dead and an untold amount of property damage. Images of the destruction summon memories of another enormous storm that rocked the world two years ago: the tsunami that struck Japan. What most people remember from that disaster is the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant. U.S. officials allayed fears...

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Thermal Efficiency through Insulated Metal Panels

The wintry months ahead can be especially demanding on the insulating properties of a building enclosure. Moisture from rain or snow can compromise the effectiveness of insulating materials, while frigid temperatures can exploit vulnerabilities like thermal bridges. All of these factors increase the risk of thermal inefficiency, which can hike energy expenses and cause temperature variability....

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