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The State of the Manufacturing Industry in America

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With the first month of Q4 and the federal government shutdown behind us, the manufacturing industry has exceeded expectations once again.  According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Institute for Supply Management’s (ISM) Purchasing Manager’s Index the manufacturing industry continues to report a pickup in activity with the PMI at 56.4 for… Read more »

OSHA Update: Safeguarding

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Every industry has safety and occupation standards set by local, state, and federal entities. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is in place to set a uniform code for safety in work environments. Part of this code includes protecting workers from horrifying machinery related injuries—crushed hands, severed fingers, blindness, etc.—by implementing regulations for safeguarding… Read more »

Choosing Appropriate References for a Job Search

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A bad review from a reference can be the deciding factor in a firm’s decision not to hire you. Therefore,  it is essential to make sure you not only pick references that are knowledgeable on who you are and what you have accomplished, but also references that can speak volumes for the hard work you… Read more »

Cover Letter Tips for Manufacturing Professionals

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When applying for manufacturing jobs, many applicants spend hours upon hours writing, editing, and perfecting their resume, and spend much less time worrying about their cover letter. However, the cover letter is your first opportunity to engage with a potential employer. Without a strong cover letter, your resume likely won’t even be looked at.  Make… Read more »

Increasing STEM Education throughout the US

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In recent years the United States has fallen behind globally in technology and science.  It’s the scientists, engineers, and innovators that have built our nation to become a global leader.  However, as fewer and fewer American students pursue expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields (otherwise known as STEM), many fear these positions as… Read more »

Cohesion in the Workplace | Helping Temp Employees Fit In

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It’s easy for temporary employees to feel like outsiders at the companies they’re working for.  They often experience that awkward feeling that you get when you’re the new person hanging out in a group of old friends.  When hiring a temporary employee, it’s your job, as their manager, to make sure they feel welcome within… Read more »

U.S. Manufacturing Output Soars in August

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The manufacturing industry took economists by surprise when the US manufacturing output declined 0.1% in July.  The experts were expecting to see an output increase of 0.3% as they predicted that the economy was starting to turn itself around when they saw a 0.2% increase in June of 2013. The leading cause of the output… Read more »

MAC Inc. Hot Jobs for September

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When it comes to searching for the right job, timing may not be everything, but it is something. If you have been looking for a job this summer and haven’t had much luck, your next big break is just around the corner.  Studies show that hiring slows down in July before picking up at the… Read more »

Increasing Overall Team Morale through Automation

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Today’s manufacturing organizations have to find creative and efficient ways to control costs and consider changing business needs and opportunities. Put simply, overworked employees underperform. One solution is the use of automation to help increase overall productivity.  Here are a few ways that many companies in the industry have found automation to be successful. Improving… Read more »

Discussing Safety in the Workplace

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As a business owner or manager, it’s essential to maintain a safe and healthy workplace.  Not only does a safe workplace enhance overall productivity in the organization, a health and safety program is required under the jurisdiction of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.  Steps such as issuing safety manuals and establishing a safety committee… Read more »

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