Great Resources for Finishers <> How to Get Rich on Ocean Water

If you are a finisher, you probably already know about all the trade rags. Everyone knows PCI (Paint and Coatings Industry) Another good one is Products Finishing Weekly. Recent articles include “Coping with Staffing Shortages”, “Powder Coating Heavy Castings” and “Exploring the difference between masking caps and plugs”. But the best website I’ve seen is finishing.com. site looks like it […]

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Gen Z-ers aren’t exactly flocking to US Manufacturing Jobs – Why? The answer is obvious!

McKinsey’s Latest Mind the Gap Newsletter (their cleverly named Gen Z newsletter) shows how the most upwardly mobile workers make bold job changes frequently. And can you guess what sectors are they jumping out of?  Answer: the manufacturing sector.  Where are they jumping to?  Answer: anything but the manufacturing sector – which is currently the

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How to Stand Out: High Mix and High Configurability

US Manufacturers Need to Quickly Add Product Features and Functionality “As the pace of innovation accelerates across industries, having the flexibility to add product features and functionality becomes paramount. High mix and high configurability are increasingly replacing the “a few options fit most” approach.” * Fletcher Ryan, Jaju Mohit, Mahindroo Abhijit, Mongrin Daniel, Benjamin Plum

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Customization is the Key to Competitiveness

US Manufacturers Can Compete with Overseas Manufacturers Through Customization We proudly founded our lighting company, Noribachi, and grew it to be a $40M lighting manufacturer, proudly made in the US.  Noribachi made LED lighting for industrial and commercial applications: parking lots, parking garages, cold storage facilities, basketball courts, that kind of thing. When we offered the

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Manufacturing in the US is a tough business

Manufacturers are dealt a losing hand in the US. Manufacturing is impacted by environmental laws, the GAAP is more strict with us, and our valuations are out of line with our contribution to GDP.  All these contribute to US Manufacturing being undervalued, under digitized and underappreciated. Manufacturing is becoming a lost art in the US. 

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