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Watch 3 U.S. Army Veterans Explain Why They’re Pursuing New Careers In Modern Manufacturing

"I thought it was definitely a good idea for me to learn a new skill." The post Watch 3 U.S. Army Veterans Explain Why They’re Pursuing New Careers In Modern Manufacturing appeared first on Shopfloor.

“What would you say… you do here?” 2018 Edition

I often get asked a question along the lines of "So, what exactly do you do?" Today, I give some updates about my various projects and partnerships, including continuing with KaiNexus (with a different title) and a new partnership with Value Capture. Continue reading “What would you say… you do here?” 2018 Edition at Lean Blog.

Key #Lean Tweets from @MarkGraban Week of January 15: Hawaii, Toyota, and More

Here's the latest installment of "Key Tweets," a (usually) weekly post that presents some of my tweets (or retweets) from the week, including pictures and other interesting stuff. You can follow me @MarkGraban and join the fun and the...Show More Summary

Eight Economic Indicators That Have Soared to New Heights in Trump’s First Year in Office

Earlier this morning, manufacturers learned that the manufacturing sector now contributes a whopping $2.25 trillion to the American economy. That is the highest level ever and up nearly one-third (32.5... The post Eight Economic Indicators That Have Soared to New Heights in Trump’s First Year in Office appeared first on Shopfloor.

Manufacturing Value-Added Output Rose $2.25 Trillion in Third Quarter, another All-Time High

Real GDP grew 3.2 percent in the third quarter, boosted by strength in consumer and business spending and net exports and extending the 3.1 percent gain seen in the second... The post Manufacturing Value-Added Output Rose $2.25 Trillion in Third Quarter, another All-Time High appeared first on Shopfloor.

A Work Breakdown Structure for Implementing and Costing an ERP Project

Though Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) projects have been referred to as a business operating system that enables better resource planning, improved delivery of value-added products and services to customers, still there remain many significant factors that influence its purchase decisions.  Some of the major factors that decide the fate of an ERP implementation in any […]

More Thoughts on the Next Japan Lean & Kaizen Study Trip

Again, there's still time to sign up for the next Lean and Kaizen study trip to Japan that I'm facilitating with Kaizen Institute, from February 26 to March 2, 2018. There's still room in the tour if you'd like to join us. In this post, I share some of my thoughts - answers to questions posed by Kaizen Institute. Show More Summary

VF Corporation Announces New $52 Million Distribution Center In Jonestown, PA

"The 500,000 square foot center is projected to bring more than 175 new jobs to the area..." The post VF Corporation Announces New $52 Million Distribution Center In Jonestown, PA appeared first on Shopfloor.

Keystone XL Pipeline Meets Critical Hurdle; Announces Heavy Construction May Begin In 2019

"Would ship more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day..." The post Keystone XL Pipeline Meets Critical Hurdle; Announces Heavy Construction May Begin In 2019 appeared first on Shopfloor.

Philly Fed: Manufacturing Activity Began 2018 on a Solid Note, Even with a Little Easing in January

The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said that manufacturing activity began 2018 on a solid note, even with a little easing in several measures in January. The composite index of... The post Philly Fed: Manufacturing Activity Began 2018 on a Solid Note, Even with a Little Easing in January appeared first on Shopfloor.

Housing Starts Disappointed in December, but Permits Point to Optimism for the Coming Months

The Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said that new housing starts disappointed in December, pulling back sharply from a 13-month high in November. New... The post Housing Starts Disappointed in December, but Permits Point to Optimism for the Coming Months appeared first on Shopfloor.

A Day in the Life of a Production Manager with BatchMaster ERP…

Handling production is critical for manufacturing companies and accommodating last minute configuration changes, or change in customer requirement can be a painful experience. This is the story of Joe, a production manager who uses BatchMaster ERP. Joe the production manager at Pepper Potato Chips (PPC) It is a Thursday morning, Joe parks his car in his […]

All Organizations Need a “Make Me”

Today's post is written by Steve Hoeft, the SVP, Chief of Operations Excellence at Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) here in Texas. This is his first written contribution to Lean Blog, but you might remember him as a guest in episode #226 of my podcast, where he and co-author Dr. Show More Summary

Congress Sees The Importance Of Addressing ACA Taxes Now, Not Later

When it comes to Obamacare (i.e. the Affordable Care Act, or ACA), Democrats and Republicans haven’t found much to agree upon. That’s why it was particularly notable when bipartisan consensus... The post Congress Sees The Importance Of Addressing ACA Taxes Now, Not Later appeared first on Shopfloor.

Pres. Trump Is Visiting Pennsylvania Thursday To Highlight A Manufacturer Benefiting From Tax Reform

"This means their investments back into the company will be 50% higher than this last year..." The post Pres. Trump Is Visiting Pennsylvania Thursday To Highlight A Manufacturer Benefiting From Tax Reform appeared first on Shopfloor...

Over 30 Manufacturers Win 2018 Women’s Choice Award For ‘Best Companies For Millennials’

"Selection criteria include female representation, work-life balance benefits, maternity support..." The post Over 30 Manufacturers Win 2018 Women’s Choice Award For ‘Best Companies For Millennials’ appeared first on Shopfloor.

Home Builder Optimism Remained Strong to Start 2018

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and Wells Fargo reported that the Housing Market Index (HMI) eased slightly in January but was not far from December’s reading, which was... The post Home Builder Optimism Remained Strong to Start 2018 appeared first on Shopfloor.

Manufacturing Production Rose for the Fourth Straight Month in December, up 2.4% Year-over-Year

The Federal Reserve said that manufacturing production rose for the fourth straight month in December, edging up by 0.1 percent. While this was slower than the 0.3 percent gain seen... The post Manufacturing Production Rose for the Fourth Straight Month in December, up 2.4% Year-over-Year appeared first on Shopfloor.

Podcast #297 – JJ Villareal, Ed.D. (@villarreal_jj), #Lean in Public Education

My guest for Episode #297 is John (JJ) Villareal, Ed.D., the superintendent of the Rockwall I.S.D. here in the Dallas area. In this podcast, we talk about the applications of Lean in education, how to move beyond what JJ calls "the behavior...Show More Summary

When Hurricane Harvey Hit Houston, ConocoPhillips Employees Scrambled…To Volunteer To Help Others

"Over 2 weeks, the informally organized band of volunteers cleared 22 homes of debris." The post When Hurricane Harvey Hit Houston, ConocoPhillips Employees Scrambled…To Volunteer To Help Others appeared first on Shopfloor.

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