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...

Jaco Fabrication - A Report From The Field
Jun 2 2010 - 3:48pm
I recently had the chance to visit by phone with Wendy from Jaco Fabrication, a successful, full-service fabrication and assembly shop in Stevensville, Michigan. Wendy handles sales & marketing (...

4 Rules For Inventors & Entrepreneurs Sourcing Their Products
May 27 2010 - 3:10pm
Inventors and first-time entrepreneurs face many challenges. Along with the excitement of discovery and creation, there are many pitfalls that can cause an idea - no matter how impressive or valuable...

Indian Creek Fabricators - A Report From The Field
May 27 2010 - 4:30am
I paid a visit recently to the main offices and plant of Indian Creek Fabricators in Tipp City, Ohio. ICF is has a unique position in the industry - not only is it a substantial fabrication operation...

Ohio, Kentucky Manufacturers Cite More Work, Less Competition, Skepticism
May 21 2010 - 10:12am
I just returned from a trip to the Midwest, visiting Supplier customers. These small- and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) are still standing, and reaping some rewards in the form of more...

What Is Sourced On
May 20 2010 - 10:23am
Bill Ryan, Director of Sourcing Services, was in Washington, DC, this week presenting to a collection of government and private sector senior executives. The gig was focused on innovation,...

Sharp Tool & Die - A Report From The Field
May 11 2010 - 6:27am
I had a conversation today with an acquaintance from one of the (if not THE) coolest manufacturing areas in the U.S. - Meadville, Pennsylvania. Alex is the daddy-o at Sharp Tool & Die there....