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Archive for September, 2011

From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (9/30/2011)

Industrial Info Resources, a Texas-based market intelligence and research firm, released a report this week indicating that the industrial sector is now opting for strategies of “limited growth,” and that rather that building new facilities, many manufacturers are focusing on increasing production efficiency at their existing plants. This story may just be so much science […]

STIHL Re-Tools the Concept of Summer Camp

A couple weeks back I wrote a piece on a series of manufacturing “camps” across the country designed to teach kids the value and the joy of making things.  In my research for that piece, I learned that one company in particular — STIHL, the global power tool giant — had taken the whole concept of a […]

From the Shop Floor — The Week in Manufacturing (9/23/2011)

From the Department of Putting Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: tire giant Bridgestone has announced it will invest a total of $1.2 billion in its various North American manufacturing and distribution operations over the next few years. Global economists use something they call the purchasing manager’s index (PMI) to determine the relative strength of […]