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As 2014 comes to a close, MDNA would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of MDNA Bi-weekly News a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 6.
A look at manufacturing activity in the US
From July 22: For the last three years, manufacturing activity has been growing more rapidly than the overall U.S. economic GDP. This is the first time this has happened in more than 50 years. "I believe the factors that have led to this oddity are sustainable and that manufacturing and overall industrial growth will probably continue to outpace overall GDP growth rates in the United States for some time," writes Bill Greiner.
10 states where manufacturing still matters
24/7 Wall St.
From Aug. 19: To identify the 10 states where manufacturing matters, 24/7 Wall St. used state gross domestic product figures published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis for 2013. We determined which states had the largest percentage of total output attributable to manufacturing. Data on specific industries within the manufacturing sector are from 2012 and represent the most recent available figures. Employment figures for each state come from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and are seasonally adjusted.
States lure manufacturers and shore up jobs
From July 8: It wasn't long ago that the thought of corporations bringing their manufacturing back to the U.S. seemed all but impossible. But that's precisely what's happening, and the trend is predicted to continue through the rest of the decade. Consider Kent International, one of the largest U.S.-based bicycle manufacturers.
3-D manufacturing: New weapon for US economy
From Aug. 6: In 2014 we are not thinking seriously enough of how 3-D printing, otherwise known as additive manufacturing, can bring such change to our economy — because it can! If we are not thinking of ways to bring about U.S. manufacturing independence with the aid of additive manufacturing, we are not thinking big enough.
IHS: US-China manufacturing dynamic to change
Houston Business Journal
From April 1: There is an interesting dynamic brewing between Chinese and American manufacturing companies that could greatly impact Houston-area manufacturers. Now that the U.S. is experiencing what many consider a manufacturing renaissance, there is much discussion about what types of manufacturing will be onshored versus offshored.
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Top 10 from IMTS 2014
From Sept. 16: This year's International Manufacturing Technology Show has shown optimistic numbers, and the Manufacturing.net staff was part of the thundering traffic cruising through McCormick Place in Chicago. There was more to see than any normal human could take in within the six-day show — 1,900 exhibitors displayed their wares for over 100,000 attendees. That's why we've collected some of the best of IMTS 2014 — admittedly though, we may have missed some nuggets of interest amongst the crowds.
In Manufacturing, the US Is Surprisingly Competitive
From April 29: Forget what you think you know about high-cost and low-cost countries for manufacturing because there’s been a dramatic shakeup over the past decade. According to a report by Boston Consulting Group, the U.S. has shot up the ranks of competitiveness, while Brazil has foundered badly.
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The silver bullet to a US manufacturing revival
The Wall Street Journal
From June 10: First proposed in March 2012 and formally requested in President Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address, the National Network of Manufacturing Institutes vision calls for the investment of $1 billion in a set of 15 manufacturing innovation hubs (en route to a projected 45). So far, the government has created four of the hubs using existing money and initiated the creation of four more, without congressional support. "But this is where I want to just say: Go for it! Fund all 45 of the envisioned centers and let's kick the manufacturing renaissance into high gear," writes Mark Muro.
Selling manufacturing to a new generation
The Buffalo News
From May 29: Manufacturers across the United States are targeting schools and colleges to let young people know there is more to manufacturing than pulling levers on an assembly line. Today's manufacturers, whether they are making cars, airplanes or iPhone parts, are looking for engineers, designers, machinists and computer programmers.
Top 10 mistakes interviewers make
By Mel Kleiman
From Jan. 7: Recruiting and hiring new employees is both an art and a skill. Unfortunately, too few business owners and hiring managers have ever had any training in the proven, best-practice techniques used by employers-of-choice like Disney and Southwest Airlines. Without training, most interviewers just "wing it" — ad-libbing their way through interviews and making decisions based more on instinct and impressions rather than logic. No wonder costly employee turnover is such a constant headache. Here's a list of the most common mistakes interviewers make.
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