Only Limited by Your Imagination

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My first introduction to MRP was in 1983 at a small company where we had stamping, molding, machining, and assembly to make products for the aerospace industry.  I was a journeyman machinist and progressed into a manager’s position there. There was only about 75 people in fabrication, and we controlled our area with a daily list of items that needed to be worked on in a prioritized sequence.  We had shelves lined with bags of inserts and other kits of parts to either mold into sub-assemblies, modify, stamp out, or otherwise “add value” as it were. One Monday morning I came in…

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Car manufacturing production line

Five Steps to Regain Manufacturing Prowess

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Supply chains reach around the world but in this first blog, since the upcoming conference is in my home town, I am going to focus on what is going on here at home.  Reading the news  so many proclaim that American manufacturing is gone, never to return. The numbers certainly are frightening. In just the last 10 years, America has lost more than 2 million manufacturing jobs. The unemployment rate in manufacturing continues at double digits today.  This same situation is found in several countries around the world especially in Europe. Yet other signs point to a possible resurgence.  A…

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Globalization? Or Globaloney?

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I studied strategy and international management during my MBA program because I like to look forward. Back then I wasn’t as interested in the numbers of business, and I still owe my friend Kevin at least a portion of my degree for helping me get through statistics.  So, while I may have hated it, I made it through accounting, finance and statistics, and it prepared me to enter Corporate America. Back then I read books like The Tipping Point, The World Is Flat, and The Innovator’s Dilemma. They shaped how I thought about business. Recently, as I prepared to market…

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