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The MEP National Network: A Public-Private Partnership That's All About Boosting U.S. Manufacturing

5/28/2019 - American manufacturing has been on a steady growth streak for years now, but that wasn’t always the case. Back in the middle to late 1980s, U.S. industry was mired in a long, severe slump, and had been shedding plants and workers since the 1970s. The U.S. Congress and President Ronald Reagan stepped into the fray to try to help with the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988. One element of that law was the establishment of the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) under the auspices of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the subsequent development of the MEP National Network. Read the full article from www.forbes.com. 

HR Technologies: Creating Time for Strategy

5/23/2019 - One of the primary improvements provided by Industry 4.0 is the ability to free team members from mundane tasks, enabling them to think more strategically and be more flexible to the changing needs of the business. And what aspect of business has changed more drastically in recent years than HR? Read the full article from Chuck Werner, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center's Manager of Operational Excellence, at www.automationalley.com. 

Engage Your Employees - Before It's Too Late

5/20/2019 - The staff can make or break a business based on their level of commitment, motivation and interest in their work. While engaging employees already is a complicated skill to master, incoming generations of workers are bringing with them new expectations and desires for the workplace, making it even more difficult to keep all employees engaged. Read the full article from the Sterling Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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. 

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