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A Smart Manufacturing Summit Roundup

Chief Executive’s Smart Manufacturing Summit is in full swing in Peoria, Ill., home to Caterpillar Inc.’s global headquarters. Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug Oberhelman opened the two-day event this morning. Trending right now: Tours of the Caterpillar facility are underway.

Lynn Russo Whylly Manufacturing May 21 2014

New Data Helps Manufacturers Determine Where to Expand

The 2014 Manufacturing and Logistic Report gave Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Oregon and South Carolina an “A” for manufacturing health, while five states received Fs and 10 received Ds.

Lynn Russo Whylly Manufacturing July 7 2014

Manufacturing Is on the Rise Across 15 Sectors

The Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM’s) New Orders Subindex rose slightly—from 56.9 in May to 58.9 in June. The increase was subtle on a month-over-month basis, but of more significance, it was the highest reading since December.

Lynn Russo Whylly Manufacturing July 7 2014

Encore Wire CEO Announces $30M Texas Expansion

Following in the footsteps of Kohls, Toyota and several other organizations that have either moved to Texas or expanded their operations there, Encore Wire Corporation President and CEO Daniel Jones announced that the company, which is celebrating 25 years in the McKinney, Texas community, will invest more than $30 million to expand its manufacturing facilities and provide more than 125 new jobs in the Texas town.

Lynn Russo Whylly Daily Best of the Web , Manufacturing July 30 2014

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

How to Ensure Your Reshoring Project Won’t Fail

This is the kind of project that, done successfully, can add to the legacy a CEO leaves his company. Unfortunately, not all reshoring, onshoring and nearshoring projects are a success.

Rosemary Coates Global Business , Manufacturing , Nearshoring June 12 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

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