October 19th, 2016

Smart Sensors: Manufacturing’s Cure-All?

Smart sensors are the heroes in manufacturing’s rekindled evolution, Mark Humphlett recently told Manufacturing Business Technology. Thanks to these remarkably small, highly flexible, highly-versatile devices, manufacturers can now capture, communicate, and harness unprecedented levels of data and business intelligence. It’s a whole new world in manufacturing and we owe it to the miracle cure-all sensor devices […]

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October 14th, 2016

Advanced Manufacturing Lifts Off in Oklahoma

The most recent issue of Business Facilities Magazine takes a look at the progress of “advanced manufacturing” across America and highlights a few states that seem to be moving in the right direction. Oklahoma is featured prominently for its efforts in the aerospace and energy sectors.
Oklahoma’s advanced manufacturing industry is soaring with activity in aerospace, […]

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October 13th, 2016

Centek: An Oklahoma Manufacturer With Heart

As America’s oil and gas markets plummeted to record lows, most production — and drilling — dependent companies faced business challenges in the past year. Many have left the industry for good. But Oklahoma City’s Centek not only managed to ride the unpredictable markets, it maintained and expanded its customer base while thriving internally in countless […]

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October 10th, 2016

Performance Marketing for Manufacturers

Performance Marketing Workshop for Manufacturing
A Six-Part Webinar Series
Presented by the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance

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September 21st, 2016

Department of Commerce Invests $1.9 Million to Support Oklahoma Manufacturers

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced this week the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $1.9 million in grants in Oklahoma to provide business and technical support to manufacturing and service companies; and to purchase critical equipment needed to boost workforce training opportunities in the medical sector.
“Supporting innovation in U.S. manufacturing and ensuring […]

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September 16th, 2016

Michelin VP Talks ‘Innovation at the Edge’

When it comes to innovation, staying in your comfort zone is no place for manufacturers to be.
That’s one of the key takeaways presented by Michelin North America’s David Stafford during a keynote presentation recently at the International Tire Exhibition and Conference. “If we do not embrace the change … others will and bypass us,” said […]

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September 7th, 2016

As Skill Requirements Increase, More Manufacturing Jobs Go Unfilled

The Wall Street Journal is reporting this week on the growing “skills gap” that plagues American manufacturers. Even in a weak economy, Oklahoma manufacturers most often cite the lack of available skilled labor as their most pressing concern.
Amid anxiety about the disappearance of factory jobs, thousands of them are going unfilled across the U.S. The […]

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August 15th, 2016

Workshop: Maintenance Prevention in Product Design and Equipment Maintenance

The Southwest Region of the the Association for Manufacturing Excellence is hosting an Oklahoma City workshop on “Maintenance Prevention in Product Design and Equipment Maintenance.” The workshop will be Sept. 7 and 8 and hosted by OKC manufacturer International Environmental Corporation (IEC). Other host partners are Francis Tuttle Technology Center and the Enterprise Excellence Group.
Registration […]

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August 9th, 2016

Manufacturing Alliance Names New Director of Finance

The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance recently named Adam Nicholas as its Director of Finance. Nicholas succeeds Jerry Isaacs who was with the organization for 20 years.
Previously, Nicholas was director of finance and administration for Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Oklahoma. Before that, he served the agency in a variety of capacities including corporate resource development, […]

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August 4th, 2016

For Manufacturers Big and Small, Automation is Key to Growth

A recent survey shows manufacturers of all sizes are turning to automation to help boost them out of what Cliff Waldman calls a productivity malaise. “Eighty-three percent of the 402 respondents automated some aspect of their product-producing operations from 2010 to 2015, and more than three-quarters plan to do so in the next three years,” […]

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