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What Are the True Implications for Manufacturers After the UAW Verdict at VW?

Manufacturing CEOs in the South and elsewhere heaved a sigh of relief after Volkswagen workers in Tennessee rejected United Auto Workers union representation. This isn’t the end of unionization attempts at transplants or suppliers.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Manufacturing , Operations March 2 2014

Lean Production’s Next Frontiers and How CEOs Can Benefit

Lean is one of the biggest management ideas of the past 50 years, says McKinsey’s Ewan Duncan and Ron Ritter in the current issue of the McKinsey Quarterly. It may have started in assembly plants and other factory settings but it has moved into services ranging from retailing and healthcare to financial services, IT, and even the public sector. How might CEOs outside of manufacturing apply some of these insights to their companies?

ChiefExecutive.net CEO Briefing Newsletter , Manufacturing , Operations February 23 2014

Manufacturers to D.C.: Make Us a Can-Do Nation Again

Prior to the President’s State of the Union address, National Association of Manufacturer’s (NAM) chairman Doug Oberhelman (CEO of Caterpillar) and NAM president Jay Timmons posted this article on Real Clear Politics offering a challenge to our political leaders in taking steps to revive manufacturing. They cite the Skills Certification System as a critical pillar in our manufacturing economy.

Doug Oberhelman & Jay Timmons CEO Briefing Newsletter , Manufacturing , Operations February 9 2014

States Competing to Lure Job Creators

America’s manufacturing comeback is in full swing – depending where you are. Some state governments are aggressively pursuing job creators, others are trimming efforts due to fiscal problems and still others have never effectively competed. Here’s the latest roundup.

Dale Buss CEO Briefing Newsletter , Manufacturing , Operations November 15 2013
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VIDEO: Ford’s Alan Mulally on Gov’t Regulations for Businesses

Chief Executive magazine’s CEO of the Year, Ford Motor’s Alan Mulally, serves on President Obama’s export council, specifically leading the manufacturing section. In this video, Mulally discusses Ford’s involvement in formulating government regulations, the importance of a business – government relationship, corporate tax rates, and how to bring America back to the top in manufacturing (something he knows more than a little about).

ChiefExecutive.net Governance , Governance/Compliance , Manufacturing , Operations , Regulatory , Videos July 18 2011
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How Dow Corning Beat Commoditization By Embracing It

In the early 2000s, Dow Corning recognized that silicone was starting to become a commodity and that they needed to rethink their business strategy. The company’s new business model was a complete shift from where they had found success in the past, but it was a shift that created a brand new market and customer base for the manufacturer.

Mark W. Johnson Manufacturing , Operations , Strategy , Supply Chain/Logistics June 21 2011
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Lynn Tilton, Patriarch Partners CEO, Saving U.S. Manufacturing

In 2010, the U.S. economy created only 1.1 million newjobs, a rate of increase well short of the number ofentrants into the labor market. Pointing to the quartermillionjobs her firm has rescued in 10 years, theself-made billionaire thinks there’s a way to redress this.

JP Donlon CEO Interviews , Leadership & Strategy , Manufacturing March 11 2011
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Manufacturing Matters, But So Does the Solution

Business leaders like Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris and Patriarch Partners CEO Lynn Tilton see manufacturing as the future of American business. And they’re right. Chief Executive magazine Editor-in-Chief JP Donlon wants to know how to get there.

JP Donlon Global Business , Manufacturing March 10 2011
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The Case for Onshoring

American businesses have been shifting operations offshore so that now international sales account for 60% to 80% of total sales. It’s time to brings things back to the States. William Holstein explains why CEOs need to rethink the impulse to go offshore.

William J. Holstein Manufacturing , Operations September 20 2010

Outsourcing without Compromising Total Involvement and Control

New research suggests that small and medium sized companies can reduce the risks of outsourcing key functions without loss of control.

William Gindlesperger Manufacturing July 7 2010

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