What We’re Reading – January 2018

Those of us in the manufacturing industry know it is constantly evolving and changing. This can make it tough to keep up.

We spend a good amount of our day trying to stay current on what’s happening. Here are a few articles from across the web we found interesting and worth talking about.

Four Digital Trends Manufacturers Should Watch for in 2018 – Industry Week

We’re living in a time that I call a technology renaissance,” observes Michael Steep, executive director of the Stanford Engineering Center for Disruptive Technology and Digital Cities.  “I have not seen the kind of development of technical advances crossing so many different areas of technology ever… These technologies are converging and creating exponential opportunities for both disruption and growth.”

The Manufacturing Institute Launches Heroes MAKE America Veterans Training Program – Manufacturing Institute

The Manufacturing Institute launched a new veterans training program called Heroes MAKE America at Fort Riley, Kansas.

Heroes MAKE America is a full-time, 10-week career skills program that launched in partnership with the U.S. Army Soldier for Life – Transition Assistance Program at Fort Riley and the USO Pathfinder Program also at Fort Riley. The program arms transitioning service members with in-demand qualifications and industry-specific certifications needed for today’s manufacturing workforce.

6 Reasons Why Manufacturing Companies Should Embrace Employee-Centered CSR Programs – HR Technologist

With a mounting pressure on companies to go beyond the basic standard of “doing well by doing good” to operating with an explicit purpose: to make positive contributions to society. At the same time, individuals are increasingly looking for meaning in their lives and, given the amount of time spent at work, it makes sense to look to the workplace as a source of meaning. Andrew Troup, Director of Corporate Giving and Engagement at Blackbaud Corporate Solutions shares six reasons why manufacturing industries today, need to embrace employee-centered CSR programs.

U.S. Manufacturing Is Primed for Another Year of Growth – Bloomberg

U.S. manufacturing production just had its best year since 2011, yet some argue that 2017 was as good as it will get and that a slowdown is ahead.

We think the opposite is more likely: Factory output is poised to speed up. Investors worried that the equity market is stretched should take heart. Stronger growth in factory output is a good reason to remain cyclically oriented, especially in U.S. industrial stocks.