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Surviving the Unimaginable: Life After a Food Recall

4/24/2015 - JOHN SPILLSON
One of the primary goals of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is to create a food manufacturing process that uses scientific methods to avoid hazards and decrease the chance of recalls. But what happens when the unimaginable FOOD RECALL takes place? Today, we live in the most scientifically, technologically advanced era of all time. However, as we have read about or watched on the news, recalls are real and much more common than we think.

Industry Update: Four Hot Trends in U.S. Manufacturing

4/17/2015 - THE CENTER
It is a critical time for American, specifically Michigan, manufacturers. With a feeling of cautious optimism, manufacturers are experiencing upticks and improvements in business, yet they are still working harder to set a stronger foundation for growth. Indicators are pointing to a manufacturing comeback.

Understanding Purchase Price Variance and Total Cost of Ownership

Many manufacturers determine a standard cost for their goods, services, and the production components they purchase throughout the year. Purchase Price Variance (PPV) is used to show the difference between the standard cost and actual cost in accounting.

New Google Ranking Changes and the Impact on Manufacturers

4/3/2015 - THE CENTER
In today’s global economy, your website plays a critical role in the sales process. Your target audience has the power to research you (and your competitors) online. Through Google and other search engines, they can easily research products, parts, capabilities, pricing and reviews in an instant.

WEAVE A WEB OF SUCCESS: 11 Things Hindering Your Website's Performance

3/27/2015 - CHARLIE WESTRA
We've all heard the buzz about what should be done with a website, but we often forget the simple things that actually drag websites down. Take a few minutes and pay close attention to the following Top 11 things you should NOT do as it relates to your own company website. 

Are You in a “Toxic Relationship” with Your Current Supply Chain?

3/20/2015 - THE CENTER
At some point in our lives, many of us have been in what’s called a “toxic relationship”. Like most relationships, toxic relationships typically start off pretty well with an infatuation period and a person who makes you very happy.

Food Safety Goes Global: Implications for Change with the Food Safety Modernization Act

3/13/2015 - THE CENTER
As the world prepares for The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) to officially roll out later this year, food processors are already preparing for the impact.

Improving Your Value: Implementing Lean Enterprise

3/6/2015 - THE CENTER
In today’s global economy, we’re all looking for ways to increase production, improve efficiencies and reduce errors in all areas of our business – especially the production floor. Of course, this is easier said than done. We can’t just say we want to improve our business – our actions have to speak louder than our words.

Social Media: An Important Gear in the Manufacturing Marketing Machine

2/27/2015 - THE CENTER
Social media can position you to gain an advantage over your competition. Many companies resort to social media only for the benefit of SEO, which definitely helps, but they are missing a great opportunity. Consider a different perspective with your social media activity.

How Obtaining ISO Certification Helps When Exporting

2/20/2015 - THE CENTER
Did you know that 95% of the world’s customers live outside the U.S.? If your company isn’t exporting – you’re missing out on a lot of potential business. Exporting is a great way for smaller manufacturers to increase sales, diversify their customer base and embrace new innovations and product developments.

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