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.
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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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August 2nd, 2016

Innovation Engineering Proves Successful for Oklahoma’s Magnus Industries

Like many other Oklahoma manufacturers, Magnus Industries in Edmond was dealing with the effects of a weak petroleum sector. The company was looking for opportunities to diversify and expand its business. “We were busy and humming along, but then the bottom fell out and projects dried up very quickly,” says owner Wayne Darce. For ideas […]

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July 22nd, 2016

Continuous Innovation: From Idea to Engineering to Market

Travis Posey is vice president of HSI Sensing in Chickasha. His company is one of the most continuously innovative manufacturers in Oklahoma. And it’s no coincidence HSI continues to grow and prosper. In a recent post, he offered five quick tips for taking a new product to market.
“One of my favorite parts of the product […]

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July 19th, 2016

New Report Suggests Manufacturing is Ripe for Major Automation

A recent report suggested that more than half of all manufacturing activities could be automated using currently available technology.
Consulting firm McKinsey & Co. said that made manufacturing — along with food service and retail — was among the sectors whose jobs were most likely to be automated over next decade, The Wall Street Journal reports.
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July 19th, 2016

Slim Haney Machining to Mark 10th Anniversary of its Facility

Tulsa-based manufacturer Slim Haney Machining is hosting a “ribbon cutting” to mark the 10th anniversary of its facility. Festivities will kick off Aug. 3 at 10 a.m. The ribbon cutting will be followed by plant tours.
Slim Haney is a multi-spindle/CNC production machine shop that has operated in Oklahoma for nearly 55 years. In 1962 W.B. […]

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