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Why America Has a Shortage of Skilled Workers
A new perspective on why manufacturing has a skilled workforce problem -- and what manufacturers must do to solve it.
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How 3D Printing Will Transform Manufacturing http://buff.ly/1JEnUqk
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The maker movement, popping up in web communities, Maker Fairs and makerspaces around the world, is producing what seems like a constant barrage of connected gadgets and gizmos, automation devices, robots and drones.
Large-scale manufacturers are turning away from the old models of R&D to harness the power and energy of the maker movement.
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“There is a lot going on in our sector and definitely a lot going on at Pratt & Whitney,” says Joe Sylvestro, vice president of manufacturing operations. In fact, he sees his job as helping lead a transformation of the 90-year-old company to become “the business that we need for the future.”
With a boom in aircraft production, Pratt & Whitney's Joe Sylvestro is helping lead a transformation at the engine manufacturer designed to ensure its global competitiveness for the long term.
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United States Steel Corp. (IW 500/73) announced it would be idling operations at the Granite City, Illinois, plant. And while it’s expected to be temporary, more than 2,000 workers will be laid off beginning May 28, according to +Chicago Tribune.
It's all part of US Steel's plan to consolidate its North American flat-rolled steel operations, as the industry deals with falling prices, slowing demand and competition from other places like China.
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World-famous for its silk scarves and luxury handbags, Hermes (IW 700/1000) logged $942 million in net profits last year, a 9% increase over 2013.
World-famous for its silk scarves and luxury handbags, Hermes logged $942 million in net profits last year, a 9% increase over 2013.
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The topic gets lots of attention... but based on the data, too little action. What's it going to take?
The value of recruiting women into business is experiencing a new wave of attention. Let's hope it leads to action.
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Michelle Nash-Hoff explores the practice of lean accounting and addressees why so few companies are adopting it.
Ever since I attended the Lean Accounting Summit last fall, I have been interested in finding out more about the benefits of lean accounting and why so few companies seem to be adopting it. Despite attending Operations Roundtable workshops on various aspects of Lean Six Sigma for eight years, ...
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Taiwan's struggling personal computer maker Acer (IW 1000/393) said Wednesday it turned a profit in 2014 following three successive years of net losses.

The company recorded a net profit of $56.46 million last year but revenues fell by 8.5%.
The company started swinging to profit in the first quarter of 2014 following a series of reforms initiated late the previous year by founder Stan Shih.
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