State Firms Sought for Manufacturing Study

The Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance is offering small and medium-sized manufacturers an opportunity to compare themselves to similar companies in key strategic areas. It is part of the organization’s 2013 “Next Generation Manufacturing Study” with an online survey running through August 29.

The NGM Study, also conducted in 2009 and 2011, gives manufacturers in Oklahoma and across the nation access to manufacturing information and strategies that can help them capture competitive advantages, best practices to support execution of those strategies, and performance goals against which to measure their progress.

Manufacturing executives can participate in the NGM Study by completing a free, quick and confidential online survey. Once the survey is released, participating manufacturers will receive a free Performance Report or “scorecard” that describes how they rank against world-class performance benchmarks and targets improvements where needed.

Results from the NGM Study provide manufacturing trends that help stakeholders develop and implement policies and programs to support the successful implementation of Next Generation Strategies.

“We have asked Oklahoma businesses to participate in the past because the survey offered a great overview of the state of manufacturing,” said Chuck Prucha, president of the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance. “It allowed us to see how Oklahoma manufacturers compared with manufacturing practices across the nation. This information can lead to the quick adoption of proven practices that lead to a company’s growth and profitability. We hope manufacturers will participate in the survey again this year.”

The NGM Study is part of a national research effort coordinated by the American Small Manufacturers Association and the Association for Manufacturing Excellence, in partnership with the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance.

Participation in the survey is free and respondents are not required to share financial information. For more information, please visit: