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6 Productivity Tips for Today’s Manufacturing CEO

Posted by Steven Brand

When you’re the CEO in the manufacturing industry, you’re constantly short on time and have a completely full to-do list. If you’re working on a start-up or pioneering in a new industry, there can be a big menu of ideas. The following are helpful tips that business leaders can consider and apply to their daily workflow right now.

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Topics: Business Management

9 Effective Cost Saving Tips for Manufacturing Companies

Posted by Marjorie Dunn

As manufacturers, you’re no doubt always looking for cost saving ideas that can help grow your bottom line so you can grow your business. Rather than making large cuts to one or two departments, this goal is often best achieved through several small cost cutting efforts that ultimately add up to a significant amount of savings.

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Topics: Business Management

Moving to a New Facility? Here's A Checklist of Items to Consider

Posted by Ellen McKewen

For manufacturers, changing facility locations can be a long, expensive, and frustrating process. When moving your production facility from one location to another, you naturally want to avoid unnecessary complications that could pile on more expenses or create delays in getting your new lean manufacturing facility up and operational.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Business Management

Yes, You DO Need an Employee Handbook

Posted by Ellen McKewen

As a company that takes pride in optimizing the way manufacturers do business across our beautiful state, we also understand the importance of the workforce that makes it all possible. Every employee deserves the right to fair, compliant and peaceful workplace and to help keep everybody in check, employee handbooks serve as the guide to ensuring a positive work environment. Having a road map that details all the need-to-know policies is beneficial to both you (the employer) and your team.

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Topics: Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Business Management, Human Resources

Boost Your Google Ranking by Going Mobile

Topics: Manufacturing, Consumer, Business Management

4 Effective Marketing Tips for Manufacturers

Posted by Ellen McKewen

As a professional in the manufacturing industry, the idea of integrating online marketing strategies with your current framework may seem foreign or even unnecessary. That’s understandable. However, when the proper components are implemented, the possibilities of improved customer service and increased number of clients soon become crystal clear.

Some manufacturers enjoy staying the course by only focusing on what has been working for them marketing-wise. And although this may be working, it may be time to try something that will take your firm to the next level with new age marketing techniques.

In this post, we’ll go over some of the crucial online marketing tactics that could change for the better the way your manufacturing company works.

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Topics: Continuous Improvement, Business Management, Technology

How to: Create an Effective Kaizen Event

Posted by Ellen McKewen

As a business, it’s common to hear three-word mantras like “Sell, Sell, Sell!” or “Location, Location, Location!” But what about the quality of your team? Shouldn’t their production and output also be taken into account?

That’s why here at CMTC, we put “location” and “selling” to the side, and hone in on what’s truly significant: improvment, improvement, improvement. Whether it’s individual performance or company growth, improvement is at the cornerstone of every thriving business.

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Topics: Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Business Management, Human Resources

5 Lean Strategies for Your Sales & Marketing Teams

Posted by Ellen McKewen

The business philosophy of lean manufacturing is all about optimizing a company’s workflow in order to maximize productivity. In the same way losing weight is all about exercising and cutting calorie intake, lean manufacturing focuses on reducing waste and  innovating the way your team works.

Now, since the lean system is geared more towards hardcore production, it’s important to note that the system truly has no bounds. It can be applied to both your sales and marketing efforts.

The only “catch” lies in how your company is structured and your team’s willingness to be empowered. A well-established, top-down leadership is crucial to rearrange the work patten to which your team is accustomed. Having a manager that is well-respected, energetic and eager to apply a lean approach to business is the perfect combination that will make employees less apprehensive and more interested.

In the spirit of lean production, these managers can facilitate brainstorming sessions that can lead to game-changing suggestions and solutions. The more open a discussion becomes, the wider the window of opportunity grows.

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Topics: Kaizen, Innovation, Lean Manufacturing, Continuous Improvement, Business Management

How To: Target & Eliminate Company Problems

Posted by Ellen McKewen

Running a successful manufacturing company in the country’s largest state for the industry’s careers is no easy task, by any means. Like any business, there are ups and downs, both black and red quarters and a number of challenges that must be addressed every week.

From the tricky idiosyncrasies of your website’s coding to faults in production to hiring the right staff, troubleshooting is bound to be necessary. Although it may be hard to believe, many companies get it wrong when attempting to rectify a problem by solving an issue’s symptom, rather than its root.

Naturally, the failed attempts can take a toll on employee morale, sales, self-confidence and even the trust of the clients you’ve worked so hard to earn. We’ve outlined a few techniques that will expedite your problem-solving process to ensure top-tier performance while limiting distractions from negatively affecting your firm.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Business Management

A Guide on How to Hire and Retain Employees Effectively

Posted by Ellen McKewen

CONSISTENCY, COMPLIANCE, OBJECTIVITY.

These three core values should comprise your attitude and approach to complication-free and effective hiring. A slow yet steady recovery from a The Great Recession has manifested itself in job growth and expansion for many of our California manufacturers.

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Topics: Growth, Business Management, Hiring and Retention, Hiring, Human Resources