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Midwest Manufacturing: Turning Around The 2012 Decline

November 8, 2012 No Comments

Today’s trend of Midwest manufacturing declining is due to a triple hit: a Chinese ordering slowdown, a languishing European economy and the domestic U.S. fiscal direction being up in the air with the presidential election. As a result, it’s no surprise that the ability to sell and grow the movement of manufactured goods is suffering, […]

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Cretex Companies Showcases New Branding for Cretex Medical at MD&M Minneapolis

November 8, 2012 No Comments

ELK RIVER, Minn. — Last week, at the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Show in Minneapolis, Cretex Companies debuted the new branding for its medical group of companies – Cretex Medical. Operating under the umbrella name of Cretex Medical are rms, rms Surgical, Meier, and JunoPacific. These companies provide a broad range of contract manufacturing […]

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Manufacturing Skill Standards Council Modules Recommended for Three Semester Hours of College Credit

November 7, 2012 No Comments

The National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) has recommended that postsecondary educational institutions award college credit to individuals who complete the Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) modules and pass the MSSC assessments. NCCRS recommends that three credit hours is awarded to individuals for each of the four Certified Production Technician (CPT) modules, two credit hours […]

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Manufacturing Leaders

November 5, 2012 No Comments

A Hennepin Technical College class aims to turn line workers into team leaders and supervisors with specialty skills training. A new training program to help high-potential line workers transition to team leaders and supervisors has been expanded at Hennepin Technical College. The “Line to Leadership” program, which includes a class targeted at existing supervisors, was […]

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Sen. Al Franken: Getting Back To Work, Investing In Our Future

November 2, 2012 No Comments

This week, as manufacturers across the state celebrate Minnesota Manufacturing Week – a time to recognize one of our state’s most vibrant and innovative sectors – they face an emerging challenge. While the economy is slowly improving and creating good-paying, high-skilled jobs, many manufacturers cannot find employees with the right skills to fill them. The […]

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Tying Manufacturing to the Things Kids Love

November 1, 2012 No Comments

If you had 10 million orders in your pipeline, what would you do? You’d run extra shifts, spin up idle plants, double down on production efficiency, and call in partners to boost capacity. In short, you’d do whatever it took to accommodate the surge. Worldwide, the manufacturing industry has 10 million orders it can’t fill—orders […]

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If Manufacturing Equipment Were Simple, We Wouldn’t Need Skilled Labor

November 1, 2012 No Comments

A recent article on Wired.com got me thinking about the beauty of product innovation and design simplicity, as well as the scarcity of skilled labor in manufacturing. In the article, the editors at Wired asked Glenn Lurie, who heads AT&T’s Emerging Devices division, what AT&T had learned from working with Apple to launch the original […]

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A Manufacturing History Lesson

October 24, 2012 No Comments

By Jonnatha Mayberry, Manufacturing.net Recently, a metal worker made headline news. But this worker didn’t make headlines because of the quality of her craft or the dedication she showed on the  job — she made headlines because she’s, well, a she. The skeletal remains of a female metal worker have been found in a grave […]

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Washington Wire Special Edition: Sequestration Speculation 10.16.2012

October 19, 2012 No Comments

> Click here to view PDF   Washington Wire Special Edition: Sequestration Speculation 10.16.2012 Many One Voice members have asked for an update on the fiscal cliff. This is a brief article discussing the speculation and rumors floating around Washington on how Congress will (or will not) handle trillions in budget cuts and tax increases […]

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Tour Brainerd Area manufacturers as part of statewide tour

October 15, 2012 No Comments

Looking for a career opportunity? Want to learn about the fast-growing manufacturing industry? Plan to check out Brainerd Lakes Area manufacturers as part of the Brainerd Lakes Chamber’s Manufacturers Alliance Tour, in conjunction with Minnesota Manufacturers Week` in late October. Tours will be conducted at nine Brainerd Lakes Area manufacturing facilities over a four-day period, […]

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