Tag Archives: Ruth Ann Church

Gender Gap Workforce Solutions – Part 2 in a Series

In my last blog, I introduced the re-emerging topic of women being part of the solution to the talent gap in skilled manufacturing jobs. The concept is far from new, because we know how critical women were from 1940 to 1945 when the term “Rosie the Riveter” was born. A report just released by Deloitte, the Manufacturing Institute and APICS

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Women, Welding and What 21st Century Manufacturers May Need to Re-Learn – Part 1

Soo…. You’re having trouble finding talent for your production floor? Are you tapping and searching the entire workforce, or only half? Some manufacturers are successfully solving their talent gap problem by recruiting women. Stories of women on the production floor in manufacturing are cropping up and they are fascinating.

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A New Public-Private Partnership to Benefit Manufacturing: American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute

Here at the Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (GLTAAC) we believe in the power of public-private partnerships to get things done. A new public-private partnership will be launching soon in Detroit to the benefit of the tri-state region we serve – Michigan, Ohio and Indiana.  The American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute is a mouthful to try to say –

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Neither Imports nor Ashes Can Hold Back Champion Bus

In the past five years, Champion Bus has seen a brilliant turnaround, from being pummeled by imports, the great recession and a devastating fire, to emerging as one of the bus industry’s top performers and most respected brands. In 2009, the atmosphere at Champion Bus could be described as “tense”, with management in a “determined to survive” mode as a

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GLTAAC case study: Market research leads to growth and exports for Indiana manufacturer

In May 2010, Ron Overton, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Overton Industries, (Mooresville, IN), was confident that with some marketing push, he could jump-start top-line growth for his company. Looking back today, Overton says, “we were hit hard by the recession like everyone was. We weren’t in a crisis, but we were working hard to avoid one.” Via

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