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Guidance for Manufacturers Navigating the Post-COVID Environment

5/29/2020 - THE CENTER
As manufacturers in Michigan start to return to their facilities, this new start brings with it many new challenges to navigate. To provide guidance during this time, The Center recently published several blogs with advice to help keep facilities safe, prepared and successful.


Answers from the Experts: Advice for Restarting Operations After COVID-19

5/19/2020 - THE CENTER
With manufacturing facilities around Michigan starting to reopen, there are still many lingering questions about how to ensure a successful and safe return while continuing to advance processes. To provide assistance during this time, The Center’s experts have answered manufacturers’ most pressing questions.


Recession-Proof Your Business, Before the Next Recession Hits

2/28/2020 - BY: ROGER TOMLINSON
With the impacts of the last recession still weighing heavily on the industry, it's never too early to start preparing your business for the next economic downturn. Rather than waiting for the downturn to hit, why not fortify your business ahead of time to ensure your company emerges successful?


Manufacturing 2020: Slowing Down or Ramping Up?

1/3/2020 - THE CENTER
Many factors paint a pessimistic portrait of the current state of manufacturing - but that does not mean there's no hope for manufacturers to thrive in 2020. Knowing this, how can manufacturers move forward to ensure the future of manufacturing stays bright?


Will Your Company Survive the Next Recession?

1/18/2019 - BY: SHELLY STOBIERSKI
A hard life lesson everyone has had to learn at one point or another is that all good things must come to an end. This is an especially difficult lesson to learn when it comes to the economy, but one that Michigan manufacturers may soon be faced with.


The Pros of Going PRO: How the New & Improved STTF Can Help Employers Develop & Retain the Talent They Need

9/21/2018 - THE CENTER
Since 2013 the Skilled Trades Training Fund (STTF) has provided nearly $73 million in funding for training and apprenticeships. This fall, another $29 million will be available for businesses throughout Michigan through the Going PRO Talent Fund, the new face of STTF. Although its name has changed, Going PRO is still as powerful as ever, helping to drive Michigan’s economy and provide manufacturers with the talent they need to compete and grow.


Strong Leadership: The Key to Shaping Millennials into Manufacturers

8/24/2018 - BY: JAMIE HEADLEY
Employers across America are dealing with the combined effect of baby boomers retiring, a strong economy and record low unemployment. Now faced with the large labor shortage this perfect storm has created, manufacturers are looking to the next generation of workers to fill this gap: millennials.


Help Wanted: Millennial Manufacturers

4/14/2017 - BY: RUSS MASON
With its aging demographic, the U.S. manufacturing sector will have more than three million jobs available by 2025. According to Forbes, millennials are projected to make up 50% of the U.S. workforce by 2020. However, nearly two million of these positions will go unfilled—due to the existing skills gap and the prevailing perception about manufacturing careers.


Looking Ahead: The Manufacturing Industry Focuses on Education

12/16/2016 - THE CENTER
As 2016 comes to an end, companies within the U.S. manufacturing sector remain optimistic about new opportunities for growth and innovation in the upcoming year, even as competition from overseas continues to increase. Perhaps the most pressing issue facing the industry in 2017, and beyond, is educating and training the next generation of manufacturers.


2016 Highlights in Manufacturing

12/1/2016 - THE CENTER
According to a recent report by Deloitte, the United States is expected to take over the number one position as the most competitive manufacturing nation from China by the end of the year—with Germany holding steady at number three. The United States continues to improve its ranking as technological innovation sweeps across the manufacturing landscape and new opportunities continue to arise.


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