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Growth continues for 18th straight month

According to the latest Manufacturing ISM Report on Business, activity in the manufacturing sector continued its 18 month expansion once again in November of 2014. The report was issued by Bradley J. Holcomb, chair of the Institute for Supply Management.

In November, the PMI registered 58.7 percent, which represented a decrease of 0.3 percentage points from the 59 percent reading that was obtained during October. This represented a continued expansion in all sections of manufacturing across the board.

September report reveals manufacturing sector chugging along

For the sixteenth consecutive month, September 2014 marked a significant expansion in economic activity in the manufacturing sector. September also marked an expansion in the overall economy for the 64th consecutive month, according to information obtained from supply executives in the United States and reported by Manufacturing ISM "Report on Business."

The September PMI registered 56.6 percent, which was itself a decrease of 2.4 percentage points over the August reading of 59 percent. These numbers indicate a continued expansion across the manufacturing sector.

New MFGWatch Survey Results Announced! Q4 2011

Today, on our 12th year anniversary (oh yeah…and Valentine’s Day!), we launched the 10th edition of our MFGWatch Survey. The results are extremely interesting and very encouraging for the state of North American manufacturing and where we are heading.

For complete results, visit our MFGWatch.

Here are a few highlights from the Q4 2011 results:

Free Webinar: "The Packaging Marketplace - Where YOUR customers are heading"

As many of you know, we recently launched a Packaging Marketplace...for those of you who don't - where have you been?! Just kidding!

Webinar: Supporting Manufacturing Leadership Through Sustainability

Sustainability in Manufacturing Webinar

We are hosting a webinar (Free!) one week from today (9/22) at 2pm EST called "Supporting Manufacturing Through Sustainability".  Please join us!

Free Webinar: To Offshore or Reshore? How to Objectively Decide

Join us tomorrow, Wednesday August 24th from 2:00 - 3:00pm for a free webinar hosted by called "To Offshore or Reshore? How to Objectively Decide".

Recent reports by Boston Consulting and Accenture call for substantial amounts of offshored manufacturing to come back to the U.S. by 2015 due to the rising offshore wages and currency appreciation. to host a Supplier Development Webinar on Wednesday, March 16th at 4pm is hosting a Supplier Development Webinar called "Job Shop Scheduling: How to get More Jobs Done Faster" on Wednesday, March 16th at 4pm EST. Space is limited to the first 100 Suppliers, so sign up today!

Where Are The Manufacturing Jobs Online?

After a run through the online jobs landscape looking for relevant manufacturing employment opportunities, it looks like you're gonna find one of two things - sites with a tight focus on manufacturing and few jobs, or lots of jobs but a loose definition.

Lean Manufacturing Q&A

Last week, COO Steve Cook presented a webinar titled "Lean Manufacturing For Your Enterprise," as an introduction and overview for manufacturers considering embarking on a Lean journey.

There's An App For That? Cutting Tools & Machining Utilities

There have been a couple of interesting developments lately for machinists on the online front.