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Celebrating Women in Manufacturing

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Mar 8, 2019 9:00:00 AM

In honor of International Women’s Day, CMTC celebrates women in manufacturing!

There’s a common misconception that the manufacturing industry is almost universally male-dominated. In many people’s minds, the industry is old fashioned, hanging on to dated gender biases and excluding women from managerial roles that are key to climbing the industry ladder, such as production supervisors and operations managers.

But the fact is, manufacturers are more forward-thinking than ever before, and women now make up nearly one-third of the manufacturing industry workforce in the United States.

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Topics: Workplace Diversity, Women in Manufacturing

13 Manufacturing Apps for Your iPhone, iPad, Android

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Sep 18, 2017 11:02:01 AM

Back by popular demand! We published this blog on manufacturing apps just a little over a year ago.  Since it has proven to be one of our most popular blogs of all time, we decided to update, expand and republish it. 

As you are no doubt aware, technology has entered our home and work lives in numerous ways -- from cars that can parallel park hands-free to numerous iPhone, iPad, and Android apps to keep our children occupied with games and keep us on track with food and fitness. Mobile apps can also be found in manufacturing and companies and programmers have been pretty busy filling this niche to help manufacturers in their everyday work environments.

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Topics: Manufacturing Technology

Manufacturing Day 2017: Educating the Next Generation of Workers

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Aug 16, 2017 2:00:00 PM

This year’s Manufacturing Day is designed to celebrate and inspire future manufacturers by opening doors and minds. In the past, stereotyping manufacturing as a "dirty job" has made manufacturing careers unattractive to young and future workers. The indifference of young workers has created a skills gap that is predicted by Deloitte to leave about 2 million skilled manufacturing jobs unfilled by 2025 if nothing is done now.

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Topics: Manufacturing Day, MFGDAY2017

Get Involved in Manufacturing Day and Help Change Common Misperceptions

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Jun 20, 2017 9:30:00 AM

When you think about Manufacturing Day, you may be thinking to yourself, “I don’t have the time to host an event. What I manufacture isn’t that interesting. Is it really that big of a deal?” Well, actually, it is a big deal.  Manufacturing Day is a national celebration, which occurs every year on the first Friday in October (this year it's October 6, 2017).

It was started as a way to help change common misperceptions about manufacturing; to get the word out about manufacturing and how 21st Century manufacturing is not manufacturing as your parents or grandparents knew it.  Not to imply that manufacturing wasn’t important during those years.  It was huge.  

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Topics: Manufacturing Day

It's Not Too Early to Start Thinking About Manufacturing Day 2017!

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Apr 18, 2017 2:10:00 PM


Manufacturing Day occurs every year on the first Friday in October – this year it’s Friday, October 6th.  Although that may seem like a long way off, it’s amazing how time can fly by and all of a sudden you find yourself scrambling trying to figure out how you want to participate.  We see it happen every year with companies who contact us a month or two before the event date asking us for advice on how they can get involved.  And, believe me, it happens to us too!  As the statewide Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Center for California, part of CMTC’s mission is to promote Manufacturing Day. But, just like you, we get busy with other pressing business and then we look at the calendar and say, “Wow, Manufacturing Day isn’t that far off!”  So we can definitely empathize with you on how hard it is to add one more project to your “to do” list.  However, we also know how important Manufacturing Day is.

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Updated List of Free or Inexpensive Online Tools and Resources for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Mar 20, 2017 4:31:03 PM

Back by popular demand! We published this blog just a little over a year ago.  It has proven to be one of our most popular blogs of all time!  So, we decided to update it, expand it, and republish it.  

We know that if you’re a small or medium-sized manufacturer, it can be a real challenge wearing all of the different hats you need to wear to run your business.  No doubt, if you had the budget, you would probably hire additional people or purchase new systems or software to free up some of your time so you could focus on strategy and ways to grow your business.  Well, here's the good news.

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Topics: Manufacturing

How Manufacturing Leaders Can Evolve Corporate Culture

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Oct 17, 2016 8:50:00 AM

Just how important is it to evolve company culture in today’s business environment? – It encompasses the top concerns corporate leaders face in retaining talent today, according to new Deloitte research. Combine economic improvements with the knowledge that most employees prefer more engagement at work than they tend to receive, and one can understand why many CEOs and HR personnel are now eager to evolve company culture.

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Topics: Human Resources

A Handful of Manufacturing Sales Training Tips That Actually Work

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Oct 12, 2016 9:30:00 AM

When looking at reliable percentages for manufacturing sales training, it can be difficult to determine the legit ones from the made-up others. Success rates for salespeople, research stats from the buyer and even how much they talk to friends before purchases all have percentages assigned to them – just be sure to check statistical sources.

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Topics: Sales and Marketing

How to Increase Employee Productivity on the Shop Floor

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Oct 11, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Low productivity can be an insidious problem. For line workers, performing repetitive tasks day-to-day, everyday, year after year, can sometimes have a lulling effect. After all, it is human nature to get used to a certain way of doing things.

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Topics: Continuous Improvement, Workforce Development

The Manufacturer's Guide to Reducing Production Waste

Posted by Marjorie Dunn on Sep 28, 2016 12:35:29 PM

Every year, U.S companies generate over 7 billion tons of solid industrial waste. In light of rising disposal costs, regulatory pressures, and changing consumer preferences, companies in the manufacturing industry have begun seeking new ways of reducing production wastes. Luckily, there are numerous tools and methods available to assist manufacturers in these efforts. These include:

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement