Given the constant pressure that manufacturers face in attracting and replacing skilled workers, we asked Mike Weller of Miller Electric for some perspective on the future of the skilled trades and what the manufacturing sector can do to increase interest in the field from the next generation of workers.
Appearances can be deceiving. Millennials represent the fastest-growing segment of luxury goods and services purchasers, according to a recent study by American Express. Yet they are also giving rise to a new lifestyle that can be characterized in two words: frugal and green.
Events such as the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion in April and the explosions at two manufacturing facilities in Louisiana in June have renewed interest in the regulations that have been established regarding accidental release prevention and facility security.
Fouling on heat transfer surfaces increases the overall thermal resistance and lowers the overall heat transfer coefficient of heat exchangers as well as impeding fluid flow, accelerating corrosion and increasing pressure drop across the heat exchanger.
It was the need to keep employees cool that ultimately drove Stone Panels, Inc., and its facilities manager, Dewey Winker, to look into installing HVLS fans throughout the facility to reduce the temperature and the humidity in the facility.
High ceilings, large open spaces, and sizeable mechanical obstructions can make cooling manufacturing and warehousing spaces difficult. Uncomfortable working conditions lead to heat-related illnesses and decreased productivity, which negatively affect the bottom line of the business.
Today’s smaller manufacturers are creating enormous amounts of data — everything from new product designs to top-secret intellectual property, as well as a constant flow of customer and sales information that must be managed and protected every day.
Special Metals' alloy plant in Huntington, WV could face $254,000 in city fines for alleged sewer and industrial waste discharge violations. The proposed fines include $200,000 for failing to address nine unspecified violations between 2003 and February 2013.
U.S. factories expanded in August at the fastest pace since June 2011. The ISM report signals that manufacturing output could strengthen in coming months. A gauge of new orders rose nearly five points to 63.2, the highest level in more than two years.
73 percent of brand owners taking part in a qualitative Manufacturing Excellence Share Group panel developed by the Alliance for Innovation & Operational Excellence (AIOE) said the most difficult skill to find in today’s production workforce is the ability to solve problems.
It’s cloud-computing technology for logistics service providers, or LSPs, and it’s a huge universe that encompasses every industry. It’s computing that involves delivering hosted services over the Internet and employs a network of remote servers to store, manage and process data rather than a local server.
Cheesemaker MDS Foods Inc. plans to build an expanded production facility in Manchester. Coffee County industrial board executive director Ted Hackney says employment is expected to grow from 41 to about 70 in the next few years.
State environmental officials on Wednesday were investigating an oil spill at a refinery that left a sheen floating on the Delaware River. The refinery in Delaware City, operated by PBF Energy, reported the release about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The idle Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant is loaded with fuel for the first time in more than two years, and utility officials say it will operate safely if regulators allow it to restart. But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission says they haven't decided whether to allow the plant to restart.
According to the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, there are nearly one million unemployed veterans today. In fact, data the organization released in November of last year showed that 211,000 of those are Iraq and Afghanistan-era vets.
Manufacturing in America isn’t as simple as just setting up shop and producing a product. Nowadays, a globally networking economy means competition has taken on more nuance: labor rates are eroded by low cost countries, which results in lower cost imported goods and an ever-sloping playing field.
Economic times are challenging many businesses today, and the current economic environment poses even greater difficulties for entrepreneurial startups and small businesses that are struggling to get established, grow or just stay in business.
Shell Oil Co. is seeking ethane suppliers for its proposed petrochemical complex in western Pennsylvania, about 40 miles north of Pittsburgh. The company says in a statement Tuesday that it will accept bids from August 27 to October 4, 2013.
Japan's nuclear regulator on Wednesday upgraded the rating of a leak of radiation-contaminated water from a tank at its tsunami-wrecked nuclear plant to a "serious incident" on an international scale, and it castigated the plant operator for failing to catch the problem earlier.
In anticipation of the large number of veterans returning to the workforce, the Obama administration has pursued expanded employment opportunities for veterans. In 2011, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) issued proposed Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Obligations for contractors and subcontractors regarding protected veterans.
Dow Chemical Co. says it will invest $1.06 billion to build two new polyolefins plants and upgrade its ethylene capacity at the company's 3,300-acre site in Plaquemine. The company says the move will create 71 new jobs at the facility and an additional 470 indirect jobs.
Maryland's Agriculture Department on Monday withdrew a request to accelerate implementation of proposed regulations aimed at reducing pollution from fertilizer in the Chesapeake Bay after critics said the state was moving too fast.
There is one absolute that applies to every company, independent of industry: You cannot expect to operate efficiently without dedicated and skilled employees. When looking at the manufacturing industry specifically, finding a highly skilled workforce has proven to be one of the greatest challenges.
It’s no secret that one of the most pressing issues facing U.S. manufacturing is a lack of qualified workers. According to one global recruitment specialist, hiring managers need to focus on several internal facets in attracting the best and most qualified people.
At the heart of every championship sports team is a supremely focused leader who maximizes team members’ talent. There are numerous examples of high performing athletes who fail to realize their potential until they get in touch with the right leadership.