Some Advice For Small Manufacturers In 'Non-Manufacturing' States
Jul 14 2010 - 1:34pm
I had a conversation yesterday with a small contract manufacturer in Colorado. The shop owner was describing the challenges he has being a discrete parts manufacturer (CNC/manual milling, turning,...

Hey Manufacturers! What Have You Cut To 'Survive'?
Jul 12 2010 - 10:44am
(NOTE 07/21/10: I just found this really interesting article from CNBC titled "Consumers Beating Manufacturers at Their Own Game." It looks at how consumers, raw from job losses, climbing costs, and...

2 Social Media Tools For Small Manufacturers
Jul 9 2010 - 10:37am
Small and even mid sized manufacturers need all the help they can get these days. Economic, government and business playing fields are shifting with the frequency of a cheap ham radio. It's hard to...

Strike at Ports of Long Beach & Los Angeles - Won't Disrupt Supply Chains?
Jul 7 2010 - 10:15am
A week-old  strike by clerical workers at 2 of the 14 priminent companies serving the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles continues. Three separate negotiations have ended without resolution, and...

Reshoring On The Radio
Jul 6 2010 - 1:22pm
Harry Moser is the longtime president of Agie-Charmilles and advocate of backshoring work that can (and should) be brought back to the U.S. from costly international sources. Harry will be appearing...

Small Manufacturer Gets The Web & Social Media
Jun 22 2010 - 3:50am
One of the most significant hurdles between small manufacturers and success on the Web is the acceptance of discovery. Most want to see absolutes and guarantees before they invest. Makes sense - they...

Technology Redifines Craft And Its Value - Get Used To It
Jun 16 2010 - 4:15am
Craft is the execution of strategies that turn ideas - designs, inventions and innovation - into reality. But technology is and has always redefined the value of craft. And those changes are at the... Customer Gives Simple Tips For Success
Jun 10 2010 - 8:32am
Recently, I got to pay a visit to Eric in central Ohio. Eric owns a successful machine shop and manufacturing plant that is into many different, interesting industries and business channels. He has a...

Hey, Manufacturers - It's Called 'Social' Media For A Reason
Jun 9 2010 - 10:00am
Social Media for manufacturers can be tricky. Many are trying it out with the "Broccoli Mentality" - "I don't really like it, but I'm eating it because I've heard it's good for me." But Social Media...

2 Studies Show Optimism, Employment Up In Manufacturing
Jun 9 2010 - 4:34am
There are 2 recent studies that suggest that manufacturing in the U.S. and around the globe is making notable improvement. The surveys - one measuring global employment outlook among manufacturers...