June 27th, 2016

Tulsa Manufacturer Invests in Employee Retention

Most companies know the severe shortage of manufacturing skills in the United States has the potential to impede future growth. Manufacturers are having difficulty filling skilled and highly skilled manufacturing roles. When companies find good people they are being as creative as possible to keep those trusted employees. Manufacturers can maintain productivity and sustain profitability […]

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June 24th, 2016

Technology is the Key to Health of Manufacturing Industry

Something good is happening in the Manufacturing economy. That something good is technology, says Chris LeBeau is Global IT Director at ATS.
According to recent studies, the nation’s overall economy grew in March for the 82nd consecutive month. According to the country’s supply executives in the March 2016 Manufacturing Institute for Supply Management’s Report On Business, […]

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June 23rd, 2016

4,000 Variations: Manufacturing the Perfect MLB Bat

Advanced Manufacturing is often meticulous.
MLB regulations dictate that bats must be one piece of solid wood, no more than 42 inches long, with a maximum diameter of 2.61 inches. That leaves plenty of room for variation: Some players prefer an end-weighted bat, while others like a balanced bat.
Louisville Slugger manufactures about 6,000 models of wooden […]

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June 20th, 2016

Can Solving the Skills Gap Rebuild the Middle Class?

Eric Spiegel grew up in Steel Town. His hometown – Youngstown, Ohio – used to be the second-largest steel producer in the world. Steel mill jobs were tough work, he recalls. But for his grandfathers and many of his friends’ parents, the upside was that the jobs paid well and opened doors into the middle […]

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June 16th, 2016

Constructing an Advanced Manufacturing Workforce at Volvo

IndustryWeek Magazine recently interviewed Sean Glennon, president of Volvo Construction Equipment for North America. He had many interesting and relevant thoughts on how his organization goes about building an advanced manufacturing workforce. There are plenty of lessons that can be applied to Oklahoma’s small and medium-sized manufacturers.
“Cross-functionality” is a phrase that surfaces several times in […]

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June 15th, 2016

Additive Manufacturing Gets Boost in Oklahoma

With the help of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, state firms are getting a leg up on 3D printing technology and concepts of additive manufacturing.
Pontotoc Technology Center will soon offer 3D printers and scanners for use by area businesses, thanks to a $84,500 grant award from the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education.
The need for […]

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June 13th, 2016

Additive Manufacturing’s Next Frontier: Metal

3-D printing of metal objects is the next big breakthrough in additive manufacturing. The emerging production technology, combined with advanced design software, holds the promise of an industrial transformation as disruptive as the adoption of cast iron, steel and aluminum over the past two centuries. The ability to print metal objects is still in its […]

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June 12th, 2016

Glenpool Manufacturer Celebrates Business Expansion

While many Oklahoma manufacturers are dealing with a weak oil and gas economy, Glenpool’s Champaign Metals is celebrating a new business expansion. It’s an effort toward new levels of operational excellence for the family-owned business.
Champagne Metals is without question the fastest-growing aluminum processor in the country, President and CEO Michael Champagne tells the Tulsa World. […]

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June 11th, 2016

Manufacturing is Blooming in the Sooner State

The latest edition of  Site Selection Magazine profiles a few Oklahoma manufacturers reaching new heights of success.
A variety of firms are working achieving full measures of operational excellence. The magazine notes Oklahoma offers great opportunities for manufacturers and many companies of all sizes are taking advantage of the state’s pro-business climate. Oklahoma’s beneficial location in […]

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June 10th, 2016

How Manufacturers Are Recruiting Millennials

The Wall Street Journal reports this week that thousands of companies across the U.S. are trying to rebrand manufacturing as a high-tech industry full of opportunity. Their target audience: smartphone-wielding millennials and their parents who still think of manufacturing jobs as high-risk for moving offshore or as a backup career if one can’t become a […]

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