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Manufacturers Need to Help Develop the Next Generation of Employees

Manufacturers Need to Help Develop the Next Generation of Employees

Many manufacturers are concerned about the next generation of manufacturing workers. What if we have a manufacturing renaissance and nobody comes? The issues of relevant education, workforce preparedness, and  employee demographics have been some of the topics discussed at every gathering of manufac...

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Sailing in a Storm

Sailing in a Storm

I had a meeting of my CEO Peer Group on Monday.  As a treat to ourselves at the end of our 2012/2013 meetings, we met on the sailboat of one of our members, a 38 foot Catalina.  Moored at an ideal spot in Portsmouth, NH harbor, we boarded quickly and were soon in the Gulf of Maine sailing out to the...

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Interesting Turn to the Economy

Interesting Turn to the Economy

We run a sales forecasting model every month to try to predict how we’ll do for bookings one and two months out.  Our model is a neural network model based on company performance, econometric data, and market trends. This type of model uses years of historical information to try to develop predictiv...

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Musings on the Election

Musings on the Election

Being a manufacturer and the owner of a company, I should be in the perfect demographic category for being a Republican. The Republicans lost me a decade ago. The Republicans went from being pragmatic problem solvers, with a Main Street business mentality and little concern about what you did in you...

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Urban Mining in Jaffrey, New Hampshire

Urban Mining in Jaffrey, New Hampshire

Jaffrey, New Hampshire is a small town in the southwest corner of the state. It’s an old mill town that still supports a number of manufacturing and industrial companies. I came across an interesting company yesterday, one that does “urban mining”. Urban mining is the process of extracting and recyc...

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