Manufacturing

Toyota Production System Gives Company Influence Far Beyond Its Plants

Toyota’s influence on U.S. manufacturing extends way beyond its own operations—because of the Toyota Production System. Over the decades, American companies ranging from arch-rival General Motors to Herman Miller have learned about the Toyota way of making things.

To Achieve Impact with Machine Learning, Talent Matters As Much As Technology

If you want to maximize the benefit of machine learning to your business, you are going to have to use a hybrid approach of technology that gets you 80% of the way there and people who will take it the rest of the way and maintain it

Detroit Auto’s Three CEOs Each Hold Different Cards in UAW Negotiations

The landscape in the U.S. automotive business has changed significantly since the last time the Detroit Three automakers and the United Auto Workers agreed on new national contracts in 2015.

Andra Rush Builds New Factory in Detroit And Keeps On Trucking

Andra Rush is the latest major manufacturer to invest in a new factory in the City of Detroit, the most recent in a string of developments that amount to an industrial renaissance in the original home of the American automotive arsenal.

Sparkling Ice CEO Chris Hall Helps CPG Pioneer Scintillate Again

In just over a year as its new CEO, Chris Hall has helped Sparkling Ice regain its mojo after the pioneering sparkling-water brand spent a few years grappling with deep-pocketed competition, a brand-extension stumble and, finally, the ouster of Hall’s predecessor.

Masters of Manufacturing: Tom Bickes Helps Close Skills Gap for U.S. Factories

The latest in our “Masters of Manufacturing” series, Atlanta-based EmployBridge CEO Tom Bickes talks about helping manufacturers determine how they become that preferred employer and how they retain talent.

Americans’ Regard for Manufacturing Reflects Its Trump-Era Priority

Regardless of their personal politics or their assessments of his social-media antics, manufacturing CEOs have to be grateful to President Trump for at least one thing: raising the profile of their industry to an ever-present public priority.

Fate of BMW CEO Krüger Is Symptomatic of Pressures on Global Automakers

The auto industry has gotten more demanding lately, and even confusing, and BMW CEO Harald Kruger wasn’t able to steer the iconic company any longer. So he will be out in 2020.

Lee Iacocca’s Leadership Legacy To An Industry And Our Nation

Lee Iacocca was a car making titan who led a massive transformation of the industry at Ford and Chrysler. He was a hugely competitive executive—driven by commercial success and patriotic pride. Jeffrey Sonnenfeld looks back at his life.

An Appreciation: Chrysler Rescuer Lee Iacocca Was America’s First Celebrity CEO

A tribute to Lee Iacocca, who became one of the most dynamic leaders in automotive history, Chrysler's savior and America’s first celebrity CEO.
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