How to Create a Lean Culture

Lean manufacturing is much more than a collection of tools. Operating a truly Lean facility requires a Lean mindset, which is only achieved by developing a Lean culture. In this ...

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What Is the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)?

In the 1990s and early 2000s, the United States experienced a series of high-profile foodborne illness outbreaks. These incidents posed a significant public health risk and ...

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How To Create an Employee Handbook

An employee handbook is an essential resource for employees and business owners alike. An employee handbook not only outlines employer and employee responsibilities, but it also ...

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Workplace Harassment Avoidance Training For Manufacturers

Among their legal and compliance obligations, California's small and medium-sized manufacturers must conduct periodic harassment avoidance training for their employees. While they ...

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How To Create an Effective Business Continuity Plan

California businesses are no stranger to disruptive events, be it a natural disaster or human-initiated incident (e.g., cyberattack). California has made more disaster ...

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5 Statistics That Show California Manufacturing is Alive and Well

The pandemic's impact on labor and supply chains contributed to the false notion that California‘s manufacturing industry is declining, but the Golden State’s output has exceeded ...

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How To Find, Bid, and Win Government Manufacturing Contracts

Small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) can seek government contracts for stable revenue and growth opportunities. However, the government contract application process often ...

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How to Apply for (Almost) Any U.S. Manufacturing Grant

A significant amount of funding for small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) in the U.S. comes from grants, loans, and private funders. Every year, about $500 billion in U.S. ...

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Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award: Unlock Continuous Improvement

The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA) aims to improve quality management — along with overall business efficiency and performance — across all industries in the ...

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Intro to ISO 13485 for Medical Device Manufacturers

To truly succeed at regulatory compliance and become a player in national and international markets, organizations must invest in implementing leading quality, safety, and ...

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Intro to the AS9100 Standard

If you’re a small or medium-sized manufacturer (SMM) working in the aviation, aerospace, or defense industry — or if you’re planning on breaking into this sector — it can be ...

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