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The Global Picture: Where Are The Manufacturing Jobs?

June 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Tia Nowack, Associate Editor, IMPO - @TalesFromTia

The global manufacturing scene has been getting a lot of press lately, as China’s production slows and the reshoring trend gives American workers hope. But with so many moving parts, what’s really happening? Let's take a closer look at the big picture.   

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Is the American Dream Out of Reach?

June 19, 2014 10:30 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

According to a CNNMoney poll, 6 out of 10 people believe the American Dream is out of reach. Perhaps the belief comes from the misconception of where the “good jobs” are. Maybe the manufacturing industry's best kept secret is that they're here.       

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Improving On-the-Floor Maintenance with Mobile Devices

June 18, 2014 2:26 pm | by Jeffrey Dalto

One way mobile can help at work is as an aid to maintenance workers — by getting information where it’s needed and to the person who needs it, by allowing or improving communications over distances and by helping to ensure and track compliance. 

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That Other Thing Making Us Fat

June 13, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

We don’t need a war on “Big Food” to lower obesity rates in the U.S. We need to reevaluate our lifestyles as a culture. Overeating unhealthy food isn’t helping, but it’s also not the one-and-only culprit in the U.S. and global obesity epidemic.

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Cheese Makers Upset with FDA Cutting into Tradition

June 11, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor

The FDA has deemed the use of wooden boards in the cheese aging process unsanitary since the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), despite the fact that wooden boards have been used for hundreds of years. This will create problems for artisan cheese makers.

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Making It Real

May 30, 2014 12:42 pm | by Anna Wells, Editor, IMPO - @IndustrialAnna

According to a February article in The Atlantic, if women moved into jobs in manufacturing, skilled trades, or transportation in greater numbers, they could increase their earnings by up to 30 percent. Nearly half of low income women work in low-pay industries.

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Mobile Device Trends in the Industrial Sector

May 20, 2014 1:30 pm | by Abbigail Kriebs, Associate Editor, Industrial Distribution

The new mobile device trend can help to drive employee productivity by staying connected in the work place. Companies can use mobility as a means of exceeding customer needs, just as they have used communication platorms in the past. 

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5 Quick Questions: Securing Data Without Hindering Work Flow

May 14, 2014 2:16 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director - @JeffReinkeABM

Using technology that exists today can improve workflow on the shop floor by giving employees access to the data they need to do their jobs without a cumbersome process of multiple logins and credentials.                 

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Bringing Healthy, Local Food To School Lunches

May 13, 2014 3:14 pm | by Bistro Kids Founder Kiersten Firquain

Kiersten Firquain launched a whole farm-to-school program called Bistro Kids to revamp how students eat, including menus that focus on fresh, local foods; visits from farmers; cooking lessons and school gardens. It serves 5,000 meals a day in Kansas City and St. Louis area schools.

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Are the Highest Paid in Manufacturing Worth Their Weight in Gold?

April 30, 2014 12:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, @IndustrialAnna

The gap between those who make big decisions and those who make the products is pretty extreme. The executive role is shorted lived — and more demanding — but to what degree? Is the training and education, along with this added stress, worth a pay package 400 times that of the average production worker?

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Is a Pabst Return Good for Milwaukee?

April 24, 2014 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, @IndustrialAnna

A small group of Milwaukee residents wants to revive part of its beer-producing history by buying Pabst Brewing Co. and returning the brand to its birthplace. Supporters consider this brand almost like a birthright. But there is another point to consider: funding.

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Benchmark Against the Best

April 23, 2014 12:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO, @IndustrialAnna

I believe it's possible that the best are hiding from you — and that's why it's important to find ways of getting to know your peers. Even the most minimal networking can yield the kind of feedback you'd never get internally or from a customer.

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77 Safety Glasses

April 9, 2014 8:00 am | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO, @IndustrialAnna

Service is often a company's bread and butter. If your company is not open to letting suppliers into its plant, your competition may be. Skipping these kinds of service offerings can escalate from a missed opportunity to a threat to your competitive advantage.

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Antibiotics and Pigs’ Blood: You Are What What You Eat Eats

April 3, 2014 12:00 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

Despite the title, I’m not blogging after too many drinks or while performing some satanic ritual. What I mean to say is: If you are what you eat, then you are also what your food gets its nourishment from. Two recent cases might quell your appetite.

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ABC Prepares To Be (Pink) Slimed by Lawsuit

March 31, 2014 12:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, @IndustrialAnna

While pink slime might leave its own bad taste in your mouth, the idea that one investigative news story can put a viable business at risk is also enough to induce vomiting. Is the media just lifting the veil on a product that is simply, by its composition, pretty off-putting? Or are they adding fuel to the fire?

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Butter Tales and Saturated-Fat Stories

March 28, 2014 8:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor @foodmfged

For the last 15 years or so, my family and I have teased my father about his love for dairy, particularly butter. But a recent meta-analysis of health studies shows that saturated fats don't have the deleterious effects on heart health that were preached for decades. So now, along with butter, I’m eating crow.

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What Does a Billion Dollar Brand Look Like?

March 26, 2014 12:00 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology, @IndustrialAnna

Brand Finance has put all of America’s listed companies to the test to determine how much their brands are really worth. According to the study, of the more than 15,000 listed companies in the U.S., only 519 are billion dollar brands.

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Food Additives Go Au Natural

March 19, 2014 4:19 pm | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

A quick Google search of “food additives” yields first-page results including the terms “avoid,” “scariest,” “evil” and “sketchy.” The court of public opinion has handed down a verdict that food manufacturers would be wise to heed. By popular demand, the natural additives are coming.

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The Strict Control of Tennessee Whiskey

March 18, 2014 1:00 pm | by Jon Minnick, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

In a story similar to the European Union’s cheese naming rights, Jack Daniel’s is fighting proposed changes to the distilling processes of Tennessee whiskey. In both cases, consumers and their pocketbooks may get to decide if any of it matters.

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Crowdsourcing: The New Demand-Driven Manufacturing

March 18, 2014 9:00 am | by Holly Henschen, Editor, @foodmfged

Crowdsourcing is the extreme front line of demand-driven manufacturing. It yields loads of free market research and advertising. The best way to forecast upcoming demand? Ask consumers and let them broadcast their creativity with your product through social media.

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