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Thinking Anew about Manufacturing

The last couple of months have caused manufacturers and MEP Centers to think anew about many things — supplier, customer and workforce relationships; the

Managing Productivity

I’ve made it my personal crusade to keep a focus on the fundamental importance of productivity to manufacturers, to the MEP Program, to the MEP Centers that do

The Importance of Productivity

Productivity matters. It matters a lot. Yet it often seems that folks talk about productivity, but don’t do anything about it. At least, it feels that way to me

What Happens in Georgia...

…Should not stay in Georgia. Every two years, the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy (STIP) program and Kennesaw State

50 Shades of Productivity Performance

In some earlier posts, I wrote about the variation across states and industries in terms of productivity at a particular point in time. I like to think about

Craft Beer is Everywhere, Man

“...Pittsburgh, Parkersburg, Gravelbourg, Colorado, Ellensburg, Rexburg, Vicksburg, Eldorado, Larimore, Atmore, Haverstraw, Chatanika, Chaska, Nebraska

INFOGRAPHIC: The Facts About Manufacturing

There’s a very old parable, thought to have originated in the Indian subcontinent, of six blind (or blind-folded) men asked to describe an elephant.1 They reach

Cheers to the Holidays

Greetings of the season to you and yours! It’s time to offer a toast — and wish you good health, good fortune, and prosperity in the year to come. Perhaps

Ho, Ho, Ho… An Early Holiday Present

Every year, I take some time to look at what manufacturing clients across the MEP National NetworkTM are saying about the future and the challenges they face

What Industry is in Your Wallet?

Previously I wrote a blog about the differences across the 50 states as measured by manufacturing value added per employee. The differences across the states

Tier One Corporate Trends

Recently, I read the annual PriceCoopersWaterhouse CEO survey of leading multinational companies. It includes two short videos with manufacturing CEOs offering

Puzzling Over Performance

In a recent post, I examined the differences in productivity across small and large manufacturing firms and noted that there were differences across

Only You Can Control Your Future

Or so Dr. Seuss was once nist-quoted as saying. I don’t read Dr. Seuss as often I should, but it is not always good to put away childish things despite the

Learning to Change

A few days ago I went back and re-read the book, Learning to Change, which I do every few years. It helps contribute to my sunny disposition and keeps me

Manufacturing Supply Chains

The future success of any manufacturing company relies upon its ability to deliver the right product at the right time with the right quantity at the right

What Keeps You Up At Night?

I often keep myself up at night by noodling over some obscure question or asking myself why I ate that spicy lunch item. This got me thinking. What keeps MEP

Georgia on my Mind...

Some recent data out of Georgia provides interesting insight into what is happening in manufacturing in the state. It’s relevant to us at MEP since our mission

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Manufacturing Innovation, the blog of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), is a resource for manufacturers, industry experts and the public on key U.S. manufacturing topics. There are articles for those looking to dive into new strategies emerging in manufacturing as well as useful information on tools and opportunities for manufacturers.

The views presented here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views or policies of NIST.

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