Forecast for Michigan’s economy – As presented at the 64th Annual Conference on the Economic Outlook

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For the state of Michigan, 2016 was the seventh consecutive year of job growth – after a decade of jobs decline.  Michigan’s total employment was 4.59 million at the end of September 2016.  Even so, total employment in the state has still not quite returned to its peak of 4.9 million in the spring of 2000. At the annual Economic

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How to work with a consultant

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At GLTAAC we help our client manufacturing companies by covering 50% of the cost for third-party experts (i.e., consultants) on crucial projects to improve their competitiveness. Many clients identify this outside expertise themselves. For others, we help them identify, select, and secure the best outside expertise (typically a professional consultant, but not always) for each improvement project. We’ve helped hundreds

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The right way to find a consultant – 6 basic steps

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If you are managing a manufacturing firm, you are well aware of the range of capabilities needed to operate your business at the highest levels. Lean practices need to be deployed in manufacturing for cost-competitiveness, speed and efficiency. Long-time customers are cutting jobs, and new customers need to be found. Even with an experienced staff, you need an expert to

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