If the U.S. addresses “in a coherent manner” four key issues that impact the economy — employment, consumer behavior, global economic strain, and the role of politicians — the country can expect growth of around 3 percent in 2012, forecasts an economist for a leading manufacturing industry trade group.
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Monday, December 26, 2011
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Monday, December 19, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Manufacturing activity is picking up and all signs point to higher production this quarter and next year. A recent survey of manufacturers indicates that 72% of respondents expect sales to increase in 2012. Click here for article.
Monday, December 12, 2011
Thanks to the Energy Independence & Secuirty Act of 2007, manufacturers will need to move away from incandescent lamps, particularly if they make use of 100-watt bulbs. Click here for article.
Monday, December 5, 2011
A new research study by the Sloan Center on Aging & Work at Boston College finds that employees 40 years old and older are the most engaged and demonstrate the highest level of organizational commitment, and that those 50 years old and older are the most satisfied with their jobs. Click here for entire article.
Friday, December 2, 2011
The State of Arkansas has published the results of its most recent wage survey. The information for Jonesboro can be found starting on page 65 of the publication. Link to 2011 Occupational Employment and Wage Survey.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
For the first time in five years, the U.S. trade agenda is taking on a new focus. The shift comes after large bipartisan majorities in Congress approved the long-debated free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama on October 12, 2011, marking the successful culmination of a long fight by the U.S. Chamber and other supporters of the deals. Click here for entire article.
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Nordex USA Inc. will be supplying a total of 35 wind turbines to be located in Iowa for RPM Access LLC, a wind farm developer and operator. Click here for more.
Monday, November 21, 2011
Rockwell Automation Inc. CEO Keith Nosbusch echoes a sentiment shared by many leaders of large multinational firms that U.S. manufacturers are overburdened with regulatory costs that put the nation's industry at a competitive disadvantage. Click here for more.
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Spirit Fitness, based in Jonesboro, Arkansas, is a well-respected manufacturer/distributor of home and light commercial fitness equipment. Spirit Fitness has been in business for close to 30 years and markets products under Spirit Fitness, Esprit Fitness and Xterra Fitness to specialty retailers around the world. Click here for story and photo.
Monday, November 14, 2011
A forthcoming national manufacturing strategy developed by the Council on Competitiveness will urge Washington to address policies that 'are very unfriendly to 21st-century manufacturing in America,' council CEO says. Click here for entire article.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
Monday, November 7, 2011
U.S. manufacturers like Alcoa, Greatbatch and GE have introduced 'centers of excellence' to improve competitiveness at home and around the globe. The common elements of a manufacturer's center of excellence typically include a formalized structure; people and/or assets with expertise ande a focus around a specific process or product; a shared business goal; and a focus on developing and sharing best practices. Click here for more.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
It's a dilemma that confounds executive leadership to plant supervisors, human resource managers to team leaders: How can our job postings go unfilled yet the national unemployment rate is hovering around 9%? Growing the right set of science, math and technical skills may be the answer. Click here for entire article.
Monday, October 31, 2011
Thursday, October 27, 2011
EMG-SME promotes two team members who will oversee plant operations and engineering projects. Click here for more about promotions. In addition, an increase in production creates a need for a new engineering position, filled by David Wells. Click here for more about new engineer.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Governor Mike Beebe came to town and with him, great news! Unilever announced an expansion that will include a $40 million investment and 125 additional jobs to the Jonesboro facility. During the announcement event on Tuesday, Robb Vrbicek, Jonesboro supply leader, Unilever, gave credit to their associates for the facility's current success. Click here for more on Unilever announcement.
Monday, October 24, 2011
The Milwaukee (WI) Journal Sentinel reported, "American manufacturing companies cannot fill up to 600,000 skilled positions, even as unemployment numbers hover at historic levels, according to a survey released Monday from Deloitte & Touche and The Manufacturing Institute." Click here for more.
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Colson Caster Corporation, headquartered in Jonesboro, Arkansas, beefed up their engineering team with the company's newest Engineering Assistant, Darlene Thompson, and added new employee Faith Taylor, to backfill Ms. Thompson's vacated Customer Service position. Click here for the announcement and pictures.
Monday, October 17, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
Monday, October 10, 2011
"Americans remain steadfast in their commitment to creating a strong, healthy, globally competitive manufacturing sector in the United States, no matter the prevailing economic winds." Read more about the public's view of the manufacturing industry today - Deloitte.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
NBC's Tom Brokaw reported on the shift away from old-line manufacturing by the American worker toward information, science and technology. How can the American worker acquire this new skill set for the next generation of quality jobs? A registered apprenticeship program in Kentucky was highlighted on NBC news as an example of a best practice in helping workers and companies in the manufacturing industry become more competitive. Click here for the entire story/video.
Monday, October 3, 2011
One of our own, Master Print Group of Jonesboro, won a Benny, the highest honor in the International 2011 Premier Print Awards last month from among a field of 3,200 entries from printing and graphic arts firms around the world. Congratulations to Jon Wilbanks, Owner/President, Susan Ishmael, Owner/Vice President, and their entire team - all winners! Click here for more.