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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.


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.


Manufacturing Day 2021 Utilizes New Strategies to Inspire Future Manufacturers

10/1/2021 - THE CENTER
Today, the first Friday of October, our nation celebrates Manufacturing Day to promote manufacturing careers, fight misconceptions of the industry, and, ultimately, help local communities and future generations thrive. Like last year, Manufacturing Day 2021 looks a little different than previous years. 


The Center Celebrates 30 Years of Helping Michigan Manufacture Smarter (Part 2)

8/6/2021 - THE CENTER
Last week, in celebration of The Center’s 30th anniversary in business, we shared insights from our President Mike Coast about how both our company and the manufacturing industry have evolved over the past few decades. This week, we’ll hear from Bob Lyscas, Chief Operating Officer, as he discusses his 25-year tenure with The Center. 


The Center Celebrates 30 Years of Helping Michigan Manufacture Smarter

7/30/2021 - THE CENTER
As we celebrate our 30th year in business, we reflect on the way our company has evolved with the industry over the years, as well as how some things – like our mission to support Michigan manufacturers – have never changed. No team member at The Center understands these transformations better than our President Mike Coast, who has been with The Center for more than 25 years. His extensive tenure with our company, along with his insights on the future, are captured here.


Industry 4.0 - Coming to a City Near You!

7/9/2021 - BY: KARA KUCINSKI
As the state starts to reopen for in-person events, The Center is hitting the road to bring Industry 4.0 technologies to manufacturers across Michigan. To learn more about how these innovations can help your company stay efficient, competitive and prosperous, find an Industry 4.0 event near you.


Work Hard, Play Hard at The Center's Upcoming Project Management Summer Camp

6/4/2021 - BY: KAREN GOIKE & RICH WOLIN
This summer, The Center will host its first-ever Summer Camp training for Applied Project Management. Held in Traverse City, this training will give participants the opportunity to complete an accelerated project management program while experiencing the beauty of northern Michigan in the summer. Learn more about the benefits and details of the training, as well as the supplementary activities, in this brief Q&A.


The Center Takes Health & Safety to a New Level with Innovative Investments

5/14/2021 - BY: BARBARA SHONIBIN
It is difficult to feel ‘safe’ nowadays. Any time we leave the house, we can never really be sure of how clean and safe public spaces are, even if they claim to have practices in place. But when I am at The Center, I feel more secure knowing they prioritize safety and will continue investing in the best, most advanced disinfection methods to ensure we all feel safe.


Advancing Michigan Manufacturing, One Company at a Time

2/7/2020 - THE CENTER
When the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) was established in 1991, it was driven by an important mission. This mission was to work alongside Michigan manufacturers to share the expertise needed to work smarter, compete and prosper. Now, nearly 30 years later, our organization is proud to know that we have been a part of Michigan manufacturing’s growth and advancement for decades.


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