Strengthening U.S. Manufacturing: A Critical Overview

Stacey MarlerBlog, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Services, Articles, Industry 4.0, Manufacturing Day, Supply Chain, Workforce

The manufacturing sector is foundational to the U.S. economy, providing vital jobs and driving innovation. However, it faces significant challenges, including a skills gap, supply chain vulnerabilities, and rapid technological changes. The Manufacturing Extension Partnership National Network (MEPNN) presents an analysis of these issues and the strategies to address them, as outlined in their detailed report, which is available for … Read More

Supply Chain 101: An Introduction to Supply Chain Strategy

Stacey MarlerExternal Events, Expired, Supply Chain

In today’s changing environment, managing supply chains has become increasingly complex. It’s common for leaders to feel confused about where to start and what steps to take in order to improve their organization’s supply chain. To help manufacturers better understand the basics of a well-managed supply chain and identify where resources should be focused to bring the most benefit to their … Read More

Aerospace & Defense Suppliers Summit (A&DSS) Seattle

Stacey MarlerExternal Events, Advanced Manufacturing Technology Services, Blog, Business Development, Business Growth, Expired, ISO, Supply Chain

We are reaching out to select manufacturers in Missouri to extend an exclusive invitation to the 7th edition of the Aerospace & Defense Suppliers Summit (A&DSS), taking place in Seattle from March 12-14, 2024. This invitation is specifically for businesses holding an ISO or AS9100 certification, as this is a prerequisite for participation in the event. Why Attend A&DSS Seattle? Participation Details: … Read More

Buy Missouri Week 2022

Stacey MarlerBlog, Supply Chain

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe Announces Buy Missouri Week 2022 This Saturday, October 8, 2022, kicks off the fifth annual Buy Missouri Week! Buy Missouri Week is intended to promote all the products made in Missouri and encourages Missourians to purchase those Missouri-made products. Buy Missouri Week encourages everyone to support and shop locally, in doing so we support … Read More

U.S. Supplier Sourcing Challenge!

Stacey MarlerSupply Chain

In celebration of U.S. Manufacturing Day on October 7th, CONNEX is offering a challenge to all U.S. manufacturers who are searching for hard-to-find U.S. suppliers. For any manufacturer that posts a manufacturing need into CONNEX, if we can’t find you a qualified U.S. supplier in the marketplace within the first 30 days, you’ll get a free 12-month subscription while we … Read More

Don’t Make a Pantomime Out of a Crisis- Exploring the Concept of Just Enough Desirable Inventory [JEDI!]

Lyndsey ParkerArticles, Supply Chain, Tom Gordon

T. Gordon, CPIM-F Kipling’s poignant line, “But to stand and be still to the Birken’ead drill is a damn tough bullet to chew”[1] would probably sum up the feelings of most manufacturing professionals when they consider the messes that are the current supply channels.  This situation has been exacerbated by the fact that most inventory models are versions of “Just … Read More

Lean Manufacturing & Supply Chain Training Helps PRIER Thrive with Sustained Growth.

Lyndsey ParkerArticles, Client Successes, Continuous Improvement, Lean Manufacturing Basics, Missouri Enterprise, Supply Chain

ABOUT PRIER. Located in Grandview, Missouri, PRIER manufactures residential outdoor faucets, commercial and ground hydrants, plumbing brass, drainage products and specialty valves. Since its beginnings in 1881, PRIER has earned a reputation for providing top-tier products with outstanding customer service and industry-leading turnaround times. The company has continued to grow its operations in the Kansas City area with three facilities … Read More

Supplier Nightmares? Don’t Panic – Plan for Tomorrow.

Lyndsey ParkerBlog, Supply Chain, Tom Gordon

Supply Chain Nightmare

Tom Gordon, CPIM-F Two questions are fighting each other in the nightmares of supply management: – “When will this craziness end? and “How can we prepare for the change?” There is a fact that must be faced – the old ‘normality’ will not be the new ‘normal’.  There are some very good reasons for this.  A major reason is the … Read More

Not So Much a Chain, More a Wild and Wasteful Stream! Who Will Build the “Grand Coulee Dam”?

Lyndsey ParkerTom Gordon, Blog, Supply Chain

Tom Gordon, CPIM-F It will soon be Christmas but, if current reports of supply disruption are credible, then it is not only Tiny Tim’s stocking that will be empty on Christmas morning! If Tiny Tim is expecting a NIKE product in his stocking, he should take heed of Matthew Friend’s statement: “We are not immune to the global supply chain … Read More

CONNEX™ Exchange Center Demonstration Easy to Use, Powerful Tools

Lyndsey ParkerBlog, Supply Chain, Webinars

Learn how easy it is to become a power user of the powerful CONNEX™ online tool. It was built to help manufacturers strengthen their supply chain network, promote their capabilities to the manufacturing community and connect with opportunities to help them grow. Join us for an interactive live demonstration of the power of the CONNEX™ Exchange Center to take your … Read More