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Concept to Reality: Manufacturing Technologies Go Mainstream

December 6, 2021

By Bob Beckmann, article for Ag Innovator Magazine. When Henry Ford optimized his assembly line some 100 years ago, the changes and advances he made quickly left the confines of the four walls of his factory and became the fuel for an industrial revolution we have been optimizing ever since. Now we see changes driven by technology. Concepts that were
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Recruiting Strategies Dialogue

November 23, 2021

It’s no secret today’s manufacturing recruiting environment is brutal! HR managers have to work harder than ever to find and keep employees, while continuing to keep up with all the other HR functions – and that’s not to mention tackling the myriad of changes and challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you’re suffering from HR fatigue and could use
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Don’t Make a Pantomime Out of a Crisis- Exploring the Concept of Just Enough Desirable Inventory [JEDI!]

November 2, 2021

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

October 28, 2021

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
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CONNEX™ Supply Chain Visualization Tool Demonstration

October 22, 2021

CONNEX™ is the innovative, easy to use online solution for connecting and optimizing the supply chain in Missouri and nationally. It provides access to thousands of manufacturers and their capabilities through a searchable supplier database that connects manufacturers, buyers and suppliers to help them strengthen their supply chains and grow profitably. This amazing resource is available to Missouri manufacturers at
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Supply Chain Nightmare

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

October 14, 2021

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
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Cobots & Automation in Manufacturing It Might Be Easier than You Think

October 12, 2021

You’ve heard about cobots and Robots and Automation. They sound cool, but maybe you feel they’re “out of your league”, or hard to set up and just plain expensive. Now it’s time to know some facts about how cobots have become more affordable and user-friendly. With today’s labor shortages and all the advances in manufacturing automation, it’s no longer a
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Lt. Governor Kehoe Prepares for Buy Missouri Week 2021

October 12, 2021

Fourth Annual, October 9th – 16th, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEDATE: October 7, 2021CONTACT: Amy Berendzen, Communications Directoramy.berendzen@ltgov.mo.gov 573.751.4010 JEFFERSON CITY, MO – Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe is pleased to announce the fourth annual Buy Missouri Week, October 9th through October 16th. As designated by the legislature, Buy Missouri Week encourages Missourians to purchase Missouri-made products in support of those who
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Not So Much a Chain, More a Wild and Wasteful Stream! Who Will Build the “Grand Coulee Dam”?

September 29, 2021

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
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Manufacturing Day 2021: Make it a Workforce Marketing Opportunity.

September 29, 2021

Manufacturing Day, 2021 is happening on October 1st.  MFG Day is an ideal way for manufacturers across the country to showcase the important role Manufacturing plays in the nation’s economy and how important manufacturing companies are to their communities.  With the workforce pool such a challenge right now, MFG Day is also a unique opportunity for Manufacturers to tell people
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