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August 12, 2015

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August 12, 2015
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Why Does America Love Manufacturing Jobs?  
The New Yorker recently published this piece that aims to explain why manufacturing, and the jobs manufacturing companies create, stands at the top of the hit list for politicians making the circuit. A key quote:

“Because unskilled workers still make up a significant portion of the American workforce, manufacturing is for millions of people the best economic choice available.”

The author opines that the hype about manufacturing is “misplaced and anachronistic,” noting that factories lead the human employee to be treated as “an appendage of the machine.”

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> CFO Survey of Mid-Market Manufacturers Reveals Growing Optimism  
Economic momentum is driving CFO confidence higher, according to a new survey from Bank of America Merrill Lynch. However, the 2015 CFO Outlook Pulse Survey also indicates that although most manufacturing companies are increasing their investments in data security, they are less likely to maintain a comprehensive plan to detect and control fraud.

Among key data points: 75 percent of manufacturing finance executives report having formal data-security plans, while 86 percent of nonmanufacturing respondents report implementing similar plans. Further, 11 percent of manufacturers reported experiencing a data breach at their companies. Meanwhile, 64 percent of manufacturers report that their mid-2015 revenues “met or exceeded expectations” while more than 90 percent of those surveyed expect to generate earnings growth through domestic expansion.

> Fabricating Fall Forum Offers a Tour of 3D-Printing Service Bureau  

Fabricating Product News magazine and the Precision Metalforming Association invite attendees to their Fabricating Fall Forum, slated for September 22-23, 2015, in Minneapolis, MN. Highlights of the two-day event:

  • Plant tours of Mate Precision Tooling, Stratasys and RedEye—the Stratasys Direct Manufacturing 3D-printing service bureau;
  • A keynote presentation by Harry Moser, providing a status report and outlook on the reshoring of manufacturing to North America;
  • Presentations on 3D printing and tooling for metal fabricating; and
  • Roundtable discussions on key industry topics, including recruiting skilled labor, handling unique customer demands, growth through acquisitions, lean initiatives and employee retention.

Learn more and register to attend at www.fabricatingproductnews.com/fallforum, or contact Rosemary David: 216/901-8800, rdavid@pma.org.

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In This Issue:

> Hydraulic Presses:
Control Technology Irons Out Pressing Issues

Mismatched die halves were a disaster in waiting, and manual job setup lacked consistency from run to run. Control additions provided the necessary solutions.

> Laser Automation:
Better Planning = Better Execution

To increase capacity and stay ahead of customer demand, Weaver Fab & Finishing welcomes a new fiber-laser cutting machine. The icing on the cake: an accompanying sheet-storage tower that brings automation and all of its benefits to the company and allows it to restructure its front-end operations.
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