Import Exposure Status Updated Monthly

Monthly Import Exposure Status Now Online The Great Lakes TAAC has long tracked and analyzed U.S. imports and the potential import exposure on manufacturers in our region (Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio).  However, we’ve recently improved this information and are now going to make it available on our website.  GLTAAC will post monthly updates, as the import data are released. At

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Attracting and Retaining Skilled Labor

Attract and Retain Skilled Labor The U.S. economy added 13,000 manufacturing jobs in January, and employment in the sector has been growing since the end of the Great Recession. That’s good news, but this positive trend does pose a challenge to manufacturers that need more skilled workers. In fact, in a recent survey, 52% of manufacturers identified finding skilled labor

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Good Times for Small Manufacturers – But Dangerous Too

Manufacturing Imports Continue at All-Time High Times are still good for small manufacturers.  Demand is strong and most companies are busy. If a small manufacturer isn’t making money in this environment, something is wrong. At the same time, it’s important to know that manufacturing imports are at an all-time high.  For the year ending 10/31/2018, the value of manufactured goods

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No such thing as a “Lean Job Shop”

As I visit companies in Ohio, Indiana and Michigan, I consistently hear that lean manufacturing does not work in job shops. The belief is that lean manufacturing only works in low mix/high volume environments, e.g. Toyota, but not in the high mix/low volume environments typified by most job shops. In other words, there is no such thing as a lean

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