Ford plans $1B worth of renovations in Chicago | Set expectations for company culture through training | Former NYC tool-and-die shop resists developers
February 8, 2019
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Ford plans $1B worth of renovations in Chicago
Ford will spend $1 billion to expand and modernize its assembly and stamping plants in Chicago. The project will create 500 jobs and includes 3D printing and new paint and body shops.
CNBC (2/7) 
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Set expectations for company culture through training
The best way to transform company culture is to train all levels of an organization to reorient expectations of daily behaviors, writes Art Barter. When Barter became the CEO of Datron World Communications, his goal was to shift the company from a power leadership model to servant-based, and he saw during training that the people who succeeded with the new model were listening to understand, consciously giving value to others and sharing the process of this leadership transformation.
SmartBrief/Leadership (2/7) 
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Former NYC tool-and-die shop resists developers
The former Etna Tool & Die factory in New York City is slowly selling off its equipment as its owner, Flavia Galuppo, considers how to preserve the building and find new tenants, rather than sell it to developers. The shop produced custom metal parts for the housing industry, museums, film and other sectors from 1945 to 2017.
The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/8) 
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Supply Chain
How one manufacturer selected its 3PL
Ember brought all of its departments together to select a third-party logistics provider that would help it scale with demand. "Our 3PL spent a lot of time with us to gain a better understanding of our brand and our goals, and didn't just say: 'Yes, we can ship your product,' or 'send us a box and we'll ship it,'" says Chief Operating Officer Phil Poel.
Logistics Management (free registration) (2/6) 
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Keep conveyors running with a total maintenance plan
A total maintenance plan that leverages predictive maintenance and preventive maintenance is the best way to keep conveyors up and running, writes Kate Nadeau of mk North America. "All aspects of the environment should be considered when developing a TMP, along with the recommended PM schedule provided by the conveyor manufacturer," she writes.
Plant Engineering (2/8) 
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Suppliers' sustainability habits matter to manufacturers
Manufacturers are less likely to work with suppliers that don't set and meet sustainability goals in areas such as water conservation and deforestation, says nonprofit CDP.
FoodNavigator (2/7) 
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Workforce of Tomorrow
NAM: Skilled labor remains an issue for most manufacturers
Sixty-eight percent of manufacturers are worried about not having enough skilled talent, and more than 25% have been unable to accept opportunities because of labor shortages, according to a quarterly report from the National Association of Manufacturers. Some companies are offering better benefits and using apprenticeships to train workers.
Chief Executive online (2/7) 
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Buffalo, N.Y., program seeks diverse group for training
Northland Workforce Training Center in Buffalo, N.Y., is trying to bolster manufacturing diversity by preparing women, veterans and minorities for jobs in machining, mechatronics and engineering.
WKBW-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.) (2/6) 
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Do not go mental, and with that, goodnight.
John Cooper Clarke,
punk performance poet
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