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MFG Day 2018: 3 Ways to Get Involved

Posted by Steven Brand on Sep 6, 2018 6:10:43 AM

It’s just one month away! Manufacturing Day 2018 officially arrives on Friday, October 5. This annual celebration gives small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) the chance to showcase their products and capabilities to students, educators, businesspeople, politicians, and the media.  The annual event also helps to dispel misconceptions about modern manufacturing in order to aid in the recruitment of the next generation of talent.

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Topics: MFG DAY, Future of Manufacturing, manufacturing careers, Manufacturing Tips, Manufacturing, recruiting, networking, employee retirement, Workforce Development

Social Media for Manufacturers: Twitter

Posted by Steven Brand on Jul 5, 2018 1:32:48 PM

The tweet. These days, it seems that when you hear about Twitter it’s usually because a celebrity, politician, or even virtual nobody has posted an online faux-pas, resulting in a swift backlash that causes a public apology at best and career suicide at worst. Knowing the destructive powers of the little blue bird, why do so many people continue to engage with it? Numbers.

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Topics: Social Media, networking, Manufacturing Tips

Why California Manufacturers Need to Adopt a Continuous Improvement Process to Survive

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 25, 2018 10:30:00 AM

California’s manufacturing industry has traditionally been vibrant, with the state having the largest manufacturing output in the U.S. It is host to giant firms such as Apple, McKesson, Chevron, Alphabet, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, and Cisco Systems, but it is also home to tens of thousands of small and medium-sized manufacturing companies.

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Topics: Continuous Improvement, Made in California, Manufacturing Solutiions, Maufacturing, Manufacturing Tips

Our Top Manufacturing Stories of 2017

Posted by Steven Brand on Jan 17, 2018 10:30:00 AM

2017 had its share of ups and downs, challenges and opportunities. But for many manufacturers, it was another banner year. In California, the manufacturing sector continues to drive the economy. Manufacturing now accounts for nearly 11.5 percent of The Golden State’s total output, while employing 7.8 percent of its workforce according to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

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Topics: Manufacturing Tips, Consulting, Manufacturing Solutiions

4 Smart Energy Ideas for Manufacturers in California

Posted by Steven Brand on Oct 26, 2017 11:58:04 AM

Although manufacturing has long been considered an energy-intensive industry, this trend has begun to change. Between 2010-2014, U.S. manufacturing energy consumption is estimated to have increased by 4.7%, according to the Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS) released in October 2017.

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Topics: Smart Manufacturing, Energy Management, Manufacturing Tips

Community Colleges: Training the Next Generation of Manufacturers

Posted by Steven Brand on Sep 27, 2017 1:35:29 PM

Training skilled workers is critical to strengthening the U.S. manufacturing sector, especially at a time when about 2 million manufacturing jobs are projected to remain unfilled, due to the worsening skills gap that is taking place throughout the country.

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Topics: Manufacturing Tips, Manufacturers in Training

How to Hire the Right ISO Consultant

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 13, 2017 11:15:00 AM

Manufacturing continues to be the dominant driver of the California economy. It's no surprise that many manufacturers are scrambling to achieve quality management system (QMS) certifications at both the national and international levels. ISO certification is a coveted accomplishment, but the certification process can be a daunting journey without the guidance of an experienced ISO consultant.

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Topics: ISO 9001, Quality Managment System, Made in California, Manufacturing Tips

8 Essential Manufacturing Safety Tips

Posted by Steven Brand on Aug 11, 2017 11:30:00 AM

The Bureau of Statistics reported that 2.9 million workers were injured or became ill in 2015 while on the job. The reported figure represents an approximate rate of 3 cases per 100 employees, a slight improvement from the previous year's 3.2 figure. While this is good news, employers have a ways to go in order to ensure the safety of their people.  

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Topics: Manufacturing Safety Tips, Manufacturing Tips, Safety in Manufacturing