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Increase Revenue vs. Reduce Costs – Which is Right for Your Company?

9/18/2020 - BY: ROGER TOMLINSON
In the ongoing pursuit of improving profitability, is it more important for a company to reduce costs or increase revenue? The answer to this complex question likely depends on many factors, including the type of company in question, industry trends and market conditions. Each strategy has its own benefits and drawbacks – but which is best for your company?


We Remember 9/11

9/11/2020 - THE CENTER
In honor and remembrance of those we lost.


Wishing You a Happy Labor Day!

9/4/2020 - THE CENTER
Happy Labor Day!


How Profitable is Your Business - Really?

8/28/2020 - BY: GEORGE SINGOS
I have met with many business leaders who believe they are more profitable than they really are. In evaluating gross margin, they assume all their parts or assemblies are more profitable than reality. However, this perspective fails to account for overhead costs that are not properly utilized. This gives managers an inaccurate idea of how their business is performing.


Is Your Quality Policy “Motherhood” or “Apple Pie-in-the-Sky”?

8/21/2020 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
Policies. Every day we are governed by them. They provide direction to us on a wide variety of issues, often expressed in simple terms for everyone to understand and implement. “No smoking.” “Mask required.” “No open-toed shoes.” Knowing this, why is it that things often go awry when trying to establish and maintain a Quality Policy?


9 Reasons Cybersecurity Should Be a Priority in Your Business Right Now

8/14/2020 - BY: JEFF WILLIAMS
With countless workers now using personal laptops and home internet connections, rather than dedicated servers and equipment with stronger cybersecurity, hackers are provided an easy access point into confidential company data. Due to this heightened and evolving risk, it is now more critical than ever for companies to focus on establishing robust cybersecurity practices if they hope to keep their businesses safe in this new threat landscape.


Redefining "Work" in the Era of COVID-19

8/7/2020 - BY: JAMIE HEADLEY
COVID-19 has forced companies to drastically change work environments in terms of safety, location and culture. Amid this workplace transition, manufacturing companies have faced a more complex challenge in determining how to manage employee "office" locations. When evaluating if it makes sense for your employees to work remotely or in-office, here are some key points to take into consideration. 


Problem Solving in Manufacturing: How to Use A3 & DMAIC Effectively

7/31/2020 - BY: ROGER TOMLINSON
Within manufacturing, there is always room to grow and improve. As companies pursue continuous improvement and seek to solve existing problems in their facilities, it helps to have a structured guide pointing the team in the right direction for success and change. This kind of support is provided by A3 problem solving.


COVID-19 Emphasizes the Need for New Skills Among Current Workers

7/24/2020 - BY: REBEKAH MCCARTER
The COVID-19 outbreak forced companies to evaluate and transform their traditional ways of doing business nearly overnight. As companies worked to acclimate to this new environment, many came to realize their abilities to reskill or upskill workers were not sufficient to keep up with the rapidly changing landscape.


How Have Michigan Manufacturers Fared During COVID-19?

7/17/2020 - THE CENTER
With the impacts of the nation-wide lockdown weighing heavily, many have wondered how exactly manufacturers in the United States have fared during and after the pandemic. In an effort to capture current business conditions among smaller manufacturers in certain areas of the United States, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago recently conducted a Survey of Business Conditions on the Impact of Covid-19 on Manufacturers.


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