3 Areas of Success for a Manufacturing Company
We will start this week’s review with an article from the Director of the Center for Small Manufacturers, Ken Maisch. He details three operations that are, according to him, essential for a manufacturer to succeed nowadays. The first one is the market knowledge and capability to deploy the right go-to-market strategy. From competition to customer’s expectations, he describes a few aspects that Manufacturers need to master in order to meet their goals.
I will avoid spoilers and let you discover the other areas pointed out by M. Maisch in this paper. Hint: they cover two of our favorite subjects at ABIS; technology use and productivity. Read More.
What the Next President Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing: An Agenda for the First 100 Days
Last year, the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs was starting a public policy effort to study challenges facing U.S. manufacturing and recommend strategies that will strengthen the industrial sector.
Lead by John D. Graham, the goal of the initiative was to focus on three main aspects:
· Why has the U.S. lost much of its manufacturing base?
· What public policy and private-sector steps would buttress industry?
· Why are some areas of U.S. manufacturing thriving while others are declining?
A year later and in the midst of the 2016 election, J.D. Graham participated on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, in a conference titled “What the Next President Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing: An Agenda for the First 100 Days”
While all the information from the conference wasn’t released yet, Drew Greenblatt, President of Marlin Steel, released on Inc.com a list of actions that give outline the ideas of the group. His 5 suggestions that the President should power through Congress to grow the economy quickly and add millions of job fast:
1) Bring Home $3 Trillion Dollars
2) Protect Intellectual Property
3) New Clients = More Sales = More Factory Workers
4) Sunset Regulations
5) Tax Reform
Go read the full article on Inc, and let us know if you think those would be good policies for the Manufacturing Industry. Read More.
Metal roofing panels reinvigorate a town staple
And to finish this week on an uplifting note, I would like to share the story of Tum-A-Lum Lumber, a company that has been part of the small Hood River, Oregon community for more than 100 years.
The company recently launched a renovation project that aimed at doubling the size of their retail space. The 17,000 square foot metal roof wasn’t part of the original plan, but further inspection determined that the building needed a new roof. The first solution they consider was to completely tear off and replace the old metal roof, but it would have opened up the entire building to the elements.
Instead, Travis Nelson, owner of Brown Roofing, chose another solution. “The designers realized using the EM Retro-R panel would help with the overall cost of the project while also allowing Tum-A-Lum to stay open during construction,” Nelson said. This was one of the priorities of Renee Coffman, Consumer Business Development Manager for Tum-A-Lum.
In the end, the 110 years old company loves its new roof as much as their customers do. “Our customers have been in awe,” Coffman said. “It’s been fun watching all of the reactions from different people.” Read the entire story.