Archive: Oct 2012

An environmental tool to help manufacturers to trace waste and raise productivity

New Straits Times posted earlier this month about an environmental tool called Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA) that helps companies trace waste, emissions, and non-products so that they can improve their environmental and economic performance. Material Flow Cost Accounting (MFCA) is an environmental tool that was developed in Germany in the late 1990s and has…

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New program developed to help veterans get manufacturing jobs

Philly.com ran an article, “Leading manufacturing companies unveil veteran job-training program” on their buisiness page this morning discussing a new program being instituted to help veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan: Some of the nation’s leading manufacturing companies announced a new program Monday to help veterans gain the skills necessary to fill some of the estimated…

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Re-shoring of manufacturing taking place in Michigan

It seems that after years and countless numbers of manufacturing jobs leaving the U.S. will be returning to American soil, according to an article by MLive.com’s Melissa Anders: But that trend of offshoring may be slowing or even reversing, according to research from Tobias Schoenherr , an assistant professor of supply chain management at Michigan…

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Renaissance in the American Manufacturing Sector

A recent Forbes article explained the reasons why manufacturing may be coming back to the U.S. for the long term. Many manufacturers are increasingly reevaluating their U.S. strategies, such as their separation of R&D and production, and their production abroad and importation back to U.S. buyers. Depending on the industry, they may find considerable benefits…

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"Why Manufacturing Matters for America"

CNN published an interesting blog post on the push to grow the manufacturing sector in the U.S. The blog’s author’s, Willy Shih and Gary Pisano, argue that bringing more manufacturing isn’t necessarily about manufacturing jobs as much as it is about innovation: We believe that the most important reason to bring manufacturing back and grow…

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