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Happy Holidays From Everyone at The Center!

12/24/2021 - THE CENTER
May your holiday season be blessed with the laughter and love of family and friends. Happy Holidays!


Up at Night: Manufacturers Report Common Challenges

12/17/2021 - BY: REBEKAH MCCARTER
In recent months, both Deloitte and IndustryWeek published survey data on the pressing issues that are the biggest concern for manufacturers. These surveys, conducted in September and October 2021 respectively, reported remarkably consistent findings.


Is Your Website Tired and Needing a Perk Up?

12/10/2021 - BY: STEPHANIE NOVROCKI
Battling the competition requires a strategy of building a positive image. Quite often, it starts with how a company appears online. When prospects visit your website, what type of message are you sending?


Stay on the Nice List with Gift Ideas from American Manufacturers

12/3/2021 - BY: PHILLIP WADSWORTH (WWW.NIST.GOV)
Each year, the MEP National NetworkTM is fortunate to assist manufacturers across the nation that are creating distinct, quality products. And, each year, we like to share some of these small to medium-sized manufacturers and their products with you.


Happy Thanksgiving!

11/25/2021 - THE CENTER
This is the time of year for sharing what you’re thankful for. Michigan manufacturers are at the top of our list!


New Partnership Offers Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Courses to Manufacturers

11/24/2021 - BY: JAMIE HEADLEY
The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center is partnering with CADIA to offer several courses to manufacturers focused on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.


The New “Space” Race

11/19/2021 - BY: JEFF SCHULTZ
Growing up in the era of NASA’s Apollo space program, I was fascinated with space exploration and had my sights set on becoming an astronaut. When the creative side of my brain overtook the analytic side, astronaut as a profession ceased. But my interest in outer space remained. 


Friday Fast Take: What is GD&T?

11/12/2021 - THE CENTER
GD&T, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing, is an international language used on business documents and drawings to accurately communicate what is going on in the picture without the use of words.


Is Your Business Poised to Grow As a Medical Device Supplier?

10/29/2021 - BY: BOB JENKINS
When deciding whether to diversify into the medical device industry, there are many things to consider. Is my company, and the goods it produces, set up to easily pivot into medical devices? Could the transition be attained relatively quickly? How much work will this entail? 


Process Ownership? Yes!

10/22/2021 - BY: ANDY NICHOLS
For many in management, implementing a set of arcane requirements such as ISO 9001:2015 or its cousins, AS9100D or even IATF 16949, can seem like a daunting task! For starters, the title includes the word “Quality” and that’s a department, right? Aren’t they the people responsible?


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