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Operational-Effectiveness Survey
Addresses Outsourcing, Lean, Six Sigma

Tuesday, August 5, 2008
More than half (53 percent) of U.S.-based industrial manufacturers have either undertaken an outsourcing venture in a low-cost country in the past two years or plan to do so in the next 12 months, and 70 percent rate their outsourcing experiences as either successful (68 percent) or extremely successful, according to a recent PriceWaterhouseCoopers survey. The survey, addressing operational effectiveness and cost-reduction programs, also reveals that lean and Six Sigma programs don’t als deliver the expected results. While 73 percent of U.S. manufacturers actively deploy either lean (44 percent) or Six Sigma (39 percent), 47 percent of them report “mixed results” and only 49 percent are satisfied with the results from such programs.

American Trim Launches Customer-Centric Website

Tuesday, August 5, 2008
American Trim, Lima, OH, a family-owned metalforming, decorating and coating company, has introduced a redesigned website developed to display the firm’s capabilities to current and future customers. Included are brochures, white papers and a company history. The company operates stamping presses from 3 to 2400 tons with bed sizes to 228 in. to produce parts for the appliance, heavy truck and automotive industries. Check it out:

Online Safety Community for PPE Professionals

Friday, August 1, 2008
Ansell, Red Bank, NJ, a manufacturer of hand-protection products and safety apparel, has launched The Online Safety Community, a free social network where personal-protective-equipment (PPE) professionals can share ideas. The community, at, is designed for safety engineers and managers, foremen and factory workers interested in staying up to date on emerging trends, learning about new safety products and procedures and wanting to interact with PPE experts across different industries.


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