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Leveraging Technology to Grow Your Business

5/7/2019 - Much has been written about the relevance and application of implementing technology, highlighting the advantages that such innovations can bring to manufacturers of all sizes. But what does it actually look like when these technologies are leveraged to improve a business? For a more detailed picture, let’s take a quick walk through the stages of business maturity. This article appeared in the 2019 MFG Forum event program. Read the full article from mimfg.org. 

Technology Can Help You "Get There"

5/7/2019 - Taking a business from its original form and guiding it to become a learning organization is a challenge. A lot of heavy lifting can be involved and, quite frankly, many people are so tied up in day-to-day operations that trying to find the time and information to work on the business can be difficult. Unless a company is blessed with a “people closet” to pull additional resources from, the efforts may fall short with regard to either resource or priority, causing the improvement initiatives to fail. Leveraging technology can help to reduce the resource drain on the leadership team and can not only result in quicker improvements, but ones that will be easier to sustain and build on.​ This article appeared in the 2019 MFG Forum event program. Read the full article from mimfg.org. 

Industry 4.0 Requires Agile Leaders

4/30/2019 - In an age of quickly evolving technology and a more highly educated, technical and team-based workforce, traditional leadership won’t cut it. Read the full article written by Richard Wolin, Director of Training for the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-Northern Lower, at www.record-eagle.com. 

Spring Clean Your Office with Lean and 5S

4/12/2019 - The idea of spring cleaning has been around for many years. But while this notion of cleaning is mostly applied to home organization, it also can — and should — be used to tidy workspaces. Ask yourself, how much time is spent each day struggling to find a specific document, folder, or file due to the lack of organization in your workspace? Read the full article from www.dbusiness.com.

Is Your Leadership Style Driving Away Talent?

4/1/2019 - In today’s business environment, workers are no longer satisfied with a paycheck alone. In fact, according to a recent survey by Harvard Business Review, nearly 60 percent of millennial respondents said the quality of a manager was “extremely important” when looking for a job. Hear from The Center's Charlie Westra, Growth Services Program Manager, as he discusses the importance of communication in attracting, retaining and engaging a workforce. Read the full article from dbusiness.com. 

Elliot Forsyth Named to Board of ASE

3/27/2019 - The American Society of Employers (ASE), one of the nation’s oldest and largest employer associations, has added Elliot Forsyth, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center's Vice President of Business Operations, to their Board of Directors for 2019. The new additions and resignation were announced by ASE President & CEO Mary E. Corrado.

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center adds to board of directors

3/6/2019 - The Center has announced the addition of three new members to its board of directors. They will fill the board vacancies left by Kevin Alder of Brighton NC, David Beemer of Terryberry, and Bill Henderson of Aircraft Precision Products, whose terms ended in 2018. Read the full article from thefabricator.com. 

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center Announces Impact Survey Results

2/12/2019 - The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (The Center) has announced the results from its 2018 manufacturing client impact survey. The survey is conducted annually by an independent third-party to document the economic impact of the services provided by The Center and measure the return on investment to manufacturing clients served statewide. Read the full article on advancedmanufacturing.org. 

2019 Manufacturing Outlook Q&A: Justine Burdette, The Center-West

1/8/2019 - West Michigan manufacturers are dealing with a host of issues, ranging from trade and tariffs to talent and technology. As they wade through those challenges, the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West is there to help, according to Regional Director Justine Burdette. As The Center seeks to “maintain that closeness and relationships with our manufacturers,” the organization is finding new ways to adapt and address their needs, she said. Read the full article from mibiz.com. 

Cyber Secure Manufacturing Is Smart Manufacturing

11/27/2018 - It’s probably not a bad idea for smaller and mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs) to adopt an “us against them” attitude as they become aware of the prevalence of cyber-attacks in the digital age of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industry 4.0. Read the full article from advancedmanufacturing.org. 

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