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Manufacturing employment in Montana rose significantly over the past year, according to MNI, compiler and publisher of comprehensive business profiles of the nation's nearly 400,000 manufacturing companies. According to MNI's survey of the state's manufacturers, Montana added a net 1,839 jobs or 6.2% between August 2021 and August 2022.
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Following twenty-nine consecutive months of growth, U.S. manufacturing activity fell into contraction for the first time since the pandemic, according to the Institute for Supply Management's November survey of supply chain executives.



The ISM reports its index of manufacturing activity fell 1.2% to a reading of 49%, the lowest it has been since May of 2020 and crossing the dividing line that separates expansion from contraction.

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Manufacturing employment in Arkansas inched up over the past year, according to MNI, compiler and publisher of comprehensive business profiles of the nation's nearly 400,000 manufacturing companies. According to MNI's survey of the state's manufacturers, Arkansas added a net 1,523 jobs or roughly 0.7% between September 2021 and September 2022.
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U.S. manufacturers have played a vital role in securing the health and safety of the American public amid the pandemic, from supplying critical supplies to healthcare facilities to developing and producing vaccines and treatments. This has led to more public awareness of the vital importance of the nation's critical supply chain and U.S. manufacturing. To this end, and as is our custom, we've compiled a made-in-USA holiday gift guide, featuring intriguing American-made products to help support U.S. manufacturers and honor this critical sector.�



From sweet treats to fashion-forward accessories to fun and exciting toys, explore the following gifts and supplies produced within America's borders by these exceptional companies.
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On the heels of numerous pandemic-related challenges, U.S. manufacturers are finding they have to pivot once again as business conditions shift. Wondering what the latest data tells us? Get our executive roundup of November's most critical manufacturing business reports, including key takeaways on manufacturing output and capacity utilization, inflation, regional performance, labor, and more.
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Marion Body Works, a leading national manufacturer of commercial truck bodies, fire & emergency apparatus, custom cabs, custom engineered vehicles, and defense bodies, celebrated the grand opening of its new manufacturing facility with an official ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, October 21. This event was held at the new Shawano, WI location, 105 Plank Road.
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Supporting your local small businesses and domestic manufacturers is a way to help support this hopeful trend. Today, we're featuring some top American manufacturers bringing American-made to the Thanksgiving table, providing everything from cookware and candles to tablecloths and yes, turkey.

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The steps to getting ISO certified can seem daunting, but many large and small companies see their sales increase by accomplishing the task. For many procurement departments, ISO certification is the distinction that moves a vendor to the top of the approved supplier list.
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Manufacturing employment in Massachusetts inched up over the past year, according to MNI, compiler and publisher of comprehensive business profiles of the nation�s nearly 400,000 manufacturing companies. According to MNI's survey of the state's manufacturers, Massachusetts added a net 881 jobs or roughly 0.2% between August 2021 and August 2022.
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Ever since the pandemic hit, businesses have feared a manufacturing recession. According to a prediction from Fannie Mae, high inflation, tight money, and a cooling housing market will tip the economy into a recession in 2023. Fortunately, the outlook for manufacturing is much brighter.



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Manufacturing employment in Missouri inched up over the past year, according to MNI, compiler and publisher of comprehensive business profiles of the nation's nearly 400,000 manufacturing companies. According to MNI's survey of the state's manufacturers, Missouri added 2,895 jobs or nearly one percent between August 2021 and August 2022.

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Millwood, Inc. has announced the acquisition of its first Texas and 34th location nationwide. Millwood Co-owners and Partners Chip Trebilcock and Steve Miller, finalized the acquisition on August 8th when they and other operations and HR management traveled to Austin Pallet Company in Pflugerville, TX to meet with management and team members currently transitioning to the Millwood family.
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U.S. manufacturing activity growth slowed again in October, according to the Institute for Supply Management's October survey of supply chain executives.



The ISM reports its index of manufacturing activity inched down 0.7% in October to a near-contractionary reading of 50.2%, with growth stuck at its lowest point since the pandemic troughs of May and June 2020.
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Bell recently exhibited at the Minnesota Section IFT Annual Suppliers' Expo (October 12) and the Intermountain Section IFT Symposium and Suppliers Night (October 19-21), showcasing menu items with bold fruit and spice flavor blends, including Urfa Chili Meyer Lemon Snack Mix, Caviar Lime Nimbu Soda, Ponzu Togarashi Popcorn, Chocolate Hazelnut Brownie Bites and Caviar Lime and Dragonfruit Taffy.
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Letting customers know that your products are made here in America is an important part of any marketing strategy. You will be able to capitalize on several aspects of American customer behavior, which can give your company an advantage in the post-lockdown economy.
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Manufacturing employment in South Carolina inched up over the past year, according to MNI, compiler and publisher of comprehensive business profiles of the nation's nearly 400,000 manufacturing companies. According to MNI's survey of the state's manufacturers, South Carolina added 1,004 jobs or roughly one third of percent between October 2021 and October 2022.
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After months of supply chain constraints and historic demand, the U.S. manufacturing climate is shifting once again. Get the latest data on manufacturing output and capacity utilization, prices, optimism, and regional performance in our key takeaways from September's most critical manufacturing business reports.
Posted by Kwik Mark, Inc.
Dot peen marking technology is one of the most versatile marking solutions on the market today. This technology allows manufacturers to automate the direct part marking process, ensuring 100% reliable part traceability. Kwik Mark Inc. Dot Peen Marking Systems give you the ability to place high quality marks on your products consistently and quickly, allowing you to be more productive.
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The state of Tennessee gained manufacturing jobs over the past twelve months according to data collected by MNI, compiler and publisher of industrial business profiles for the nation's nearly 400,000 manufacturers. Between October 2021 and October 2022, the state added 5,069 jobs or 1.2%.



Tennessee is currently home to 6,109 manufacturers employing 408,131 according to MNI data.
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For manufacturers, having reliable lead sources and surefire lead generation methods that encompass both inbound and outbound is what keeps your company competitive in the fast-paced industrial market. But are you using all the tools at your disposal? Read on to discover some tried-and-true strategies manufacturers can employ to generate quality leads for their business.
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Photodigm has donated $250K to SMU, launching an advanced photonics PhD fellowship and selected Weida Zhang as the inaugural recipient. The new Photodigm Photonics PhD Fellowship supplies a quarter of a million dollars over five years to promising young academics and grants them full access to Photodigm's photonics lab in Richardson, TX.
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The outlook for the plastics industry is optimistic, with some experts predicting a compound annual growth rate for the global plastics market of 3.7% between 2022 and 2030. Discover the latest statistics on this powerful industry and get to know its top companies!
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U.S. manufacturing activity grew at its slowest pace in two-and-a-half years in September, according to the Institute for Supply Management's September survey of supply chain executives.



The ISM reports its index of manufacturing activity dipped 1.9% in September to a reading of 50.9% -- the lowest reading the sector has recorded since May of 2020 and marking the sectors 28th consecutive month of expansion.
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Tension link load cells, also known as tension links, are high-performance sensors used to measure force, primarily in weighing and lifting applications. Tension link sensors convert a tensile force load into a measurable electrical signal. When a tension link is loaded (stress), it experiences a small elastic elongation (strain), which causes a proportional change to its electrical signal output.



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With the current labor situation in manufacturing being precarious at best, understanding how to interview manufacturing workers has become more crucial than ever. During the pandemic lockdowns, many consumers focused on making their homes as comfortable and inviting as possible. This trend increased the demand for durable goods. In response to that surge, U.S. manufacturing output rose higher than before the COVID-19 recession hit, necessitating the need for more workers. Unfortunately, too few were available. The national push for many employers to reshore production has further exacerbated the labor shortage.
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Bell Flavors & Fragrances, Inc. is a signatory member of the IFRA-IOFI Sustainability Charter, which is built around five focus areas: Responsible Sourcing, Environmental Footprint, Employee Well-Being, Product Safety, and Transparency. Whether it is by reducing use of finite resources, careful management of renewable resources, responsible employment practices, promoting leading-edge safety standards, or nurturing of relationships with stakeholders, customers and consumers, all aspects of a business value chain can benefit from a sustainable approach.
Posted by Ulbrich Stainless Steels & Special Metals
As industries advance, the demand for slit coil to meet strict and precise requirements also increases. Steel coils must improve efficiency and productivity while exceeding rigorous industry standards. One way to meet this demand is through slitting and edge conditioning.
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U.S. manufacturing activity held steady in August, with the sector achieving its 27th straight month of expansion and showing improvement in several key metrics, according to the Institute for Supply Management's August survey of supply chain executives.

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Between the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the United States saw massive urban industrial growth, with employment in manufacturing soaring to ten million workers by 1920 from just 2.5 million in 1880. With limited educational resources available to new generations of workers, manufacturers shouldered the task of training and educating workers to keep up with surging industrial demand.
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Recovery is finally in sight for the manufacturing sector. However, many still struggle with meeting production goals due to a widespread labor shortage. Finding qualified workers continues to be difficult, so companies should focus on improving employee retention in manufacturing.





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