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The Future of Manufacturing in Michigan

1/29/2024 As we face the impact of technology, increased global competition, and an ongoing labor shortage, our ingenuity and resilience will be crucial to creating an even brighter future. So what should be our priorities to keep Michigan manufacturers leading the charge?


Planning for the Planned and Unplanned: Automotive Shutdowns & Restarts

10/27/2023 - BY: CHUCK WERNER
As a consequence of the ongoing strike and negotiations between the UAW and the American Auto Manufacturers, many suppliers to the OEMs (and suppliers to those suppliers) are seeing decreases in demand that could result in the idling of lines or even entire facilities. Driven by the voice of the customer (VOC) and in the best interest of the business, it was necessary to have a plan for how these functions were to be conducted.


Your Workforce is Key to Your Success—Develop it With the Going PRO Talent Fund

9/25/2023 Enhancing employees’ skills can boost recruitment and retention and lead to greater job satisfaction and productivity. The best part? A MichiganWorks! program can help you make it all happen.


Better Manage Your Local and National Supply Chain

5/13/2022 - BY: REBEKAH MCCARTER
Managing your local and national supply chain is now easier with CONNEX™. CONNEX™ Michigan is a cloud-based platform that centralizes the Michigan supply chain network into a searchable scouting database and integrates with the national CONNEX™ Marketplace. 


Connect and Grow with CONNEX™ Michigan

3/18/2022 - BY: REBEKAH MCCARTER
Are you a manufacturer looking to grow your business? Well, CONNEX™ Michigan may be the perfect solution. CONNEX™ Michigan was launched in January to connect manufacturers together in one searchable database. As the most advanced supply chain and manufacturing networking database tool ever assembled, many Michigan companies are taking advantage of the platform’s benefits.


Supply Chain Resilience: Solution for Sleepless Nights

1/28/2022 - BY: REBEKAH MCCARTER
As we move into year three of the COVID-19 pandemic, the disruptions to the global supply chain continue. In fact, things look like they may get worse before they get better. Resilience is the new buzzword. While everyone is talking about the challenges, very few are proposing solutions.


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.


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.


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.


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