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Hamburgers & Happiness: A Lesson in Motivation

1/15/2021 - BY: CHARLIE WESTRA
In both work and daily life, we often run into people who use intimidation to get what they want. Why? Because it works. Sometimes leaders choose to give in to subordinates’ loud or threatening behavior, as giving into the squeaky wheel seems easier than handling the actual problem. Over time, this sends a message to workers that such behavior is not only acceptable, but rewarded. How can leaders deal with this behavior in a way that is more controlled and fair?


What is Your Employee Experience?

1/13/2021 - BY: DAVE NELSON
The employee experience lays the foundation for building a strong company culture, which has a profound impact on an organization. A simple tweak to your employee experience can last a lifetime and save you a lot of future frustration and costs.


Michigan Manufacturing in 2020: A Year in Review

1/8/2021 - THE CENTER
In order to keep their companies afloat and moving toward success throughout 2020, manufacturers had to get creative with their business strategies. Our blog posts from the year tell the story of these challenges, triumphs and techniques, showing how manufacturers in Michigan and around the nation proved their resilience and strength in the face of new levels of difficulty.


Happy New Year!

1/1/2021 - THE CENTER
Best wishes for a healthy, happy & prosperous new year!


Happy Holidays!

12/25/2020 - THE CENTER
Happy Holidays from the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center!


Christmas 4.0

12/22/2020 - BY: CHUCK WERNER
Just weeks before Christmas and crunch-time was here, There were presents and planning and of course the reindeer. But this year was different, much more than the rest, Some elves had just failed their last Covid test.


Transitioning from Industry 3.0 to 4.0: “To Infinity and Beyond!”

12/18/2020 - BY: JESS CRUZ
I am privileged to meet with and support many small to mid-sized manufacturers in Michigan. They bring great value with their products proudly made in Michigan. However, many of these manufacturers are unaware of the information and opportunities associated with Industry 4.0 technologies. My hope is to provide some insight and encouragement for those who are considering their next steps towards technology adoptions.


Current Good Manufacturing Practices: The Building Blocks of Every Food Safety System

12/11/2020 - BY: JOHN SPILLSON
When building anything of quality or value, you must first start with a solid base. You can’t build a house without a foundation, you can’t assemble a car without a frame, and you certainly cannot develop and maintain a robust food safety system without the foundation of solid Current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs).


Reengineer Your Business for Growth by Improving from Reactive IT to Proactive OT

12/4/2020 - BY: GEORGE SINGOS
In my role as a Business Leader Advisor, I often speak with small manufacturers in Michigan that are looking to grow. Many have found that their growth is stagnant and they don't know why. In situations such as these, the first step is to begin with evaluating the organization’s structure.


Happy Thanksgiving!

11/26/2020 - THE CENTER
Wishing you & yours a Happy Thanksgiving!


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