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Richard Wolin: Manufacturing Revival Here and Across Michigan

5/3/2017 - For many years leading up to and following the recession of 2007, the message was that United States manufacturing was dead. The idea of a knowledge economy without manufacturing was hard for some producers to reconcile, especially with the growing demand for higher quality, reduction of lead time and innovation. These competitive advantages would be hard to meet in the new “farm it out” environment. It turns out that where you make things matters. This story was published in the Record-Eagle's Momentum '17 special publication.

Up to 70 New Jobs, $5M Investment Headed to Greenville Manufacturer

4/27/2017 - Milacron LLC will move up to 70 jobs to its Greenville plant after closing a sister plant in Youngwood, Penn. this summer. Milacron, a division of DME Company LLC that makes plastic injection molding equipment, plans to invest about $5 million to expand its facility at 1117 Fairplains Street. Read the full article from MLive.

Cybersecurity Requirements-Listen to the Latest Podcast

4/12/2017 - New cybersecurity guidelines are expected to have a huge impact on at least 800 Michigan manufacturers who contract with the DoD, GSA, and NASA. Manufacturers must meet the new requirements by December 31, 2017 or risk losing business. Listen to Elliot Forsyth, Vice President of Business Operations at The Center, as he discusses why this is so important. Listen to the podcast from WILS 1320 AM.

Cybersecurity: Keeping Your Business and Personal Information Protected

4/4/2017 - Every day there are hundreds-of-thousands of cyber security attacks happening across the globe, putting your sensitive information at risk. Now many federal contractors are required to tighten-up their networks and systems with new practices to protect their facilities and equipment by the end of this year. Read the full article from WLNS 6 News.

Manufacturers Must Meet New Cybersecurity Regs or Possibly Lose Government Contracts

4/3/2017 - Upcoming cybersecurity regulations could catch manufacturers off guard and put at risk their ability to perform government contracts. Read the full article from MiBiz.

Cybersecurity Requirements Raising the Stakes for Manufacturers

3/28/2017 - Cybersecurity is paramount to our nation’s safety and our military’s viability. Having a sustainable plan in place to combat cyber threats also is critical to the survival of a small business because just one cyber-attack can be catastrophic. Read the latest guest blog post by Elliot Forsyth, Vice President of Business Operations at the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center), on the Manufacturing Innovation Blog.

New Cyber Security Requirements Impact Michigan Manufacturers

3/20/2017 - The risks are enormous and potentially devastating. According to IBM, small and mid-sized businesses are hit by cyber-attacks about 4,000 times a day. Read the full article from MiMfg Magazine. 

Succession Planning Q & A

3/7/2017 - tED magazine explores the "new rules" of succession planning and outlines the key strategies distributors should be using to prepare for the next generation of ownership. Dive deeper with succession planning expert, Michael Beels, Lean Program Manager  at the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center), as he shares his insights on effective succession planning. Read the full article from tEd Magazine. 

The Center Awarded Federal Funds for Transition to Lightweight Metals Market

3/7/2017 - Pushing forward a focus on the manufacturing of lightweight materials, it was announced that the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center would be receiving $1.2 million in federal grants. Read the full article from The Peninsula. 

The Center Adds Lightweight Materials Expert to Team

3/6/2017 - The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) has announced the addition of Gregg Peterson to its Accelerating Technology team. Peterson was named Principle Materials Engineer and will work on-site at the Detroit headquarters of Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) as part of a pilot program to propel the use of lightweight materials in manufacturing. Read the full article from Lightweighting World.

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