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Facing the Seven Biggest Challenges in Manufacturing

It’s no secret that American manufacturing has faced a number of significant obstacles. People say the industry is known for low wages, subpar working condition, and continual quality control issues, none of which help attract new workers — but are those actually the biggest challenges facing manufacturing right now?

Tom Bonine Manufacturing , Manufacturing Newsletter , Operations , Talent Management April 1 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
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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

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

5 Trends Shaping the Future of Manufacturing

Emerging enterprises and CEOs thinking of starting new manufacturing or product design businesses have a number of tools including social media and digital marketing that allow them to take an idea and bring it to market faster, cheaper and with an intimate customer connection. Here are five trends that can provide a tailwind to help.

ChiefExecutive.net Leadership & Strategy , Manufacturing , Manufacturing Newsletter , Operations March 10 2014

Mixed Reactions from the Manufacturing Industry on President’s Budget Proposal

Judging from initial reactions from top trade groups, manufacturers are of two minds concerning the President’s proposed budget. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) scorns the tax increases saying it blocks growth, but likes some of the other provisions. The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), on the other hand, sees the prospect for wider tax reform and some benefits to manufacturers in proposals for infrastructure spending.

ChiefExecutive.net Manufacturing , Manufacturing Newsletter , Operations March 10 2014

Sourcing Strategy


The very nature of competition is changing.

Rudy Puryear Manufacturing March 1 2004

Boeing’s Next Airbus Dilemma?

DARTS & ROSESDART…KEVIN ROLLINS, newly appointed CEO of Dell. Nice move, Michael. Anyone who read our November cover story could [...]

Amy Cortese Manufacturing April 1 2004

The Quiet Giant Speaks

Warren Staley, CEO of Cargill, shares his insights on the privileges of privacy.

Mark C. Thompson Manufacturing June 1 2004
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CAT IS BACK

An icon that once seemed headed for the dustbin, Caterpillar has made an impressive turnaround. Here’s how.

This Is The Byline / Author Section Manufacturing July 1 2005

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