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November 1, 2012
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Join now: MAPI's new MFG Network
Bret Kelly, MFG Network manager
In the MFG Network, MAPI's new summit program, executives from manufacturers with sales under $500M will network and discuss solutions to shared challenges. The Network provides four one-day summits per year catering to finance, operations, human capital and commercial management via roundtable dialogue and sharing of best practices. Year-round surveys initiated by members will address workday challenges and common solutions. To join, e-mail MFG Network Manager Bret Kelly at MFG Network
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MAPI in the News
Companies and homes alike are left without power after Sandy
More than 5 million homes were left without power in Connecticut, New York and New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy. Companies were not spared the effects of the storm, either, and manufacturers including power component maker Hubbell in Connecticut were running on backup electrical systems in Sandy's wake. "You can't work unless you have power. I'm hoping we're back up by Thursday," said Hubbell CEO and MAPI executive committee member Timothy H. Powers. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (10/30)
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Wis. manufacturers dispatch storm-recovery equipment
Briggs & Stratton and Kohler shipped generators to the East Coast as residents there prepared for Hurricane Sandy. Meanwhile, Ariens was planning to dispatch its snow throwers from warehouses in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts to areas where snow was expected. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (tiered subscription model) (10/26)
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In the Industry
Nearly 1M jobs already lost because of "fiscal cliff," study finds
With the "fiscal cliff" still two months away, the U.S. is already losing nearly 1 million jobs as employers lay off workers, delay purchases and leave vacant positions empty, according to a study by the National Association of Manufacturers. If Congress fails to head off spending cuts and tax hikes scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, nearly 6 million jobs will disappear through 2014 and the jobless rate will approach 12%, the study concluded. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (10/25)
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How business process management can benefit manufacturers
Manufacturers are adopting approaches to manufacturing intelligence that allow them to leverage manufacturing operations management with business process management, writes manufacturing software marketing and sales expert Tom Comstock. He says this approach gives companies the ability to model, optimize and carry out processes using real-time information and shop data. B2C Marketing Insider (10/25)
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5S system can help manufacturers cut waste and costs
The 5S system is a good way for manufacturers to reduce waste, optimize productivity and lower costs, writes Jim Norton, president of Custom Products & Services. The system consists of five steps -- sort, set in order, shine, standardize and sustain -- to achieve a lean manufacturing process. (10/29)
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Leadership and Strategy
Helping women develop skills for manufacturing jobs
Manufacturing offers employment opportunities for women if they have the right skills, says former Harley-Davidson executive Gail Lione. Speaking at the Women in Manufacturing summit this week, Lione said women are underrepresented in manufacturing, even as companies are looking for skilled workers. "We need to encourage women to go where the jobs are," Lione said. "We keep hearing about the skills gap. It'd be really great to fill it with women." American City Business Journals (10/30)
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