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Driving growth

Driving growth
Relying on a partner that shares its long-term vision allows a fab shop to increase growth and profits  by Robert Farrell, president, Farrell MarCom LLC       At first glance, there doesn’t appear to be anything particularly noteworthy about Southern Metalcraft Inc. (SMI). Like a number of other regional fab shops, this Lithonia, Ga.-based company offers metal cutting, bending, welding and Read full article >>

Safe travels

Safe travels
Unique load containment solution drives efficiencies for automotive suppliers by Mark Lawler, equipment sales manager, Muller LCS         Down to the last screw, the average car contains an astounding 30,000-plus parts. To supply those parts, components and materials, the automotive industry brings together thousands of companies. In fact, no other industry in America has such an Read full article >>

Service Centers Add Valuable Services

Service Centers Add Valuable Services
By Larry Adams, Senior Editor   Facing a manufacturing roadblock? Don’t have enough capacity for a project and don’t want to take on machine expenditures or the hassle to hire or retrain employees? The answer to these questions might be found at your local steel supply service center. Machining of a thick plate. The company offers three grades of plate including carbon-steel, high yield low Read full article >>

The Leadership Notebook: Chapter 2 - Vision

May/June 2011 By Michael ZakrzewskiThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Five key components of successful leadership were identified in the introductory article for this series: vision, trust, passion, commitment, and communication. Vision is one of the most important keys to great leadership because it provides the direction in which to lead and the basis for all decisions required to arrive at Read full article >>

The Leadership Notebook: Chapter 3 - Trust

October, 2011 By Michael ZakrzewskiFive key components of successful leadership were identified in the introductory article for this series. They include vision, trust, passion, commitment and communication. We have discussed how important it is to create a vision for your organization and develop your strategy to support the realization of that vision over time.  One of the most important Read full article >>

The Leadership Notebook: A Leadership Introduction

March/April, 2011 By Michael ZakrzewskiThere are plenty of opinions about leadership in the business world. In fact, every day we hear terms like Market Leadership, a Leading provider of …, Leading through Innovation, Thought Leadership, and the list can go on and on. Everyone claims to be or certainly wants to be a leader of something. So what does leadership really mean, and how can we apply Read full article >>

First class

First class
During a recent trip to Japan, media professionals were given a candid look at the philosophies and strategies that drive Amada manufacturing success by Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief       Amada fabricating technology is found around the globe in a myriad of applications. Its product range is wide yet focused; its customer base is large yet still growing. While its impressive growth is Read full article >>

Art with a purpose

Art with a purpose
A prominent artist and popular motorcycle builder/reality TV star partner to promote manufacturing by Jimmy Myers, senior editor       It’s not every day that you get a call from a reality TV star looking for sponsorship for a collaborative project with a world-renowned sculptor. But that’s what happened when ESAB’s Sue Bartholomew, director of global marketing operations, picked up the Read full article >>

Manufacturing Industry Person of the Year

Manufacturing Industry Person of the Year
Hernán Luis y Prado is dedicated to placing veterans into advanced manufacturing careers – and he’s asking the rest of the industry to join his cause by Abbe Miller, editor-in-chief       Currently, there are more than 450,000 unemployed veterans in the United States. Whether those numbers are based on a lack of training, difficulties transitioning into civilian life or disabilities, such Read full article >>

How a Multi-National Has Built an American Identity

How a Multi-National Has Built an American Identity
Not an office building, but a manufacturing plant. This is the exterior of Amada’s Brea, CA plant, where, along with automation, they build 20 – 25 lasers per year. More manufacturing is coming. How a multi-national operates in a host country tells you a lot about how to work with them. Here’s an extreme example of adopted citizenship. By Ed Huntress, Editor When you have four decades of Read full article >>

Building the "CARS" Animated Film Cartoon Character Tow Mater

Building the "CARS" Animated Film Cartoon Character Tow Mater
May/June 2011 By Eddie Paul, Contributing EditorThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Unless you live in a cave and don’t venture out much, you know who Tow Mater is. He’s the loveable tow truck that was in the blockbuster-animated-film "CARS" (voiced by comedian Larry The Cable Guy). Jay Leno suggested to Pixar/Disney that a full-size set of cars be built to promote the film in the car show circuit. He Read full article >>

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