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Multiple economic reports out this month suggest the U.S. manufacturing sector is still on an upswing, though some key metrics have eased back. Most startlingly, industrial output, the star of the summer's recovery, edged back sharply. However, a closer look at the numbers reveals a more hopeful picture for the sector overall.

Today, we're bringing you the big picture look at manufacturing business conditions, compiling key takeaways from various reports on output, labor, new orders, optimism and domestic sourcing.
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Machining as a service is critical to the manufacturing and production of many different products ranging from household items to spacecraft.

Like every other industry in manufacturing, machining has suffered from the effects of COVID-19 closures.

The good news is that the industry is recovering in sync with the reopening of economies across the country.
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The U.S./China trade war continues to escalate. But this is not the first occurrence of tariffs in the U.S.

We recently dug into the MNI archives to glean some insight into the impact of tariffs on U.S. manufacturing. What we found was fascinating.

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The USMCA trade deal was somewhat short lived, with the Trump administration declaring new tariffs on Canadian aluminum in early August. Canada has since struck back with its own proposed set of tariffs, due to go into effect September 16th.

This article will take a look at the details of the new tariffs and provide more information about Canada's plans for response.
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Dispense Works Inc., a supplier of precision adhesive & fluid robotic dispensing systems based in McHenry, Illinois, has announced they are now offering a new RF 2415 Robot dispensing machine. This dispensing machine is able to process bottles, tubes, vials with caps screwed on or supplied loose.
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Murata Machinery, USA, a leading provider of manufacturing and intralogistics automation and support, announced two recent hires to help the company achieve a new strategic direction: leading modern manufacturers to the future with Muratec automated solutions.

Masazumi Fukushima, President of Murata Machinery, appointed Christine Spiegel as the company's first-ever Strategic Marketing Director and Jeff Holtzapple as North American Sales Manager for Turning Products.

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Industrial Valve Services, a 45-year-old U.S. supplier of industrial valves with locations in Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee, recently got in touch with us to share the story of their company and provide some details on their offerings.

We are proud to share the highlights of their company with you today.
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Late last month R&B Wagner, an employee-owned company, acquired ENPROCON Inc., a longstanding manufacturer and sole supplier of ENDURALL Stainless Steel Junction and Device Boxes located in Barron, WI.

R&B Wagner determined the acquisition of ENPROCON's various assets would fit well with its manufacturing capabilities and drive further growth opportunities for R&B Wagner.

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U.S. manufacturing activity posted a third straight month of expansion in August, hitting a level the index has not seen since January 2019, according to the Institute for Supply Management's monthly Report on Business.

This is the third straight month of expansion for the manufacturing activity index, while the economy registered growth for a fourth consecutive month.

According to the ISM, U.S. manufacturing activity edged up another 1.8% in August, and now stands at 56%. Anything over 50% is considered expansionary.
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In August of 2019, The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NSIT), a division of the U.S. Department of Commerce, got in touch with us regarding a video they produced on how technology is revolutionizing manufacturing in small towns across the U.S. Fast forward to 2020 and the story told in their compelling video has taken on a whole new meaning. Labor Day 2020 falls within an unprecedented time for the U.S. manufacturing sector and the nation at large.

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The Industrial Gas Filtration and Generation Division of Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced new updates to the fabric-style media collector for indoor factory processes.

The newly upgraded SmogHog SHM Floor mist and smoke collector can be used as a stand-alone solution or part of a centralized system.
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The U.S. Department of Commerce reported August 25th that new orders for U.S. manufactured goods shot up 15.8 percent in July, beating expectations and helping the sector recover some of sharp pandemic-related losses suffered in March and April.

New orders for U.S. manufactured goods increased by $23.2 billion or 11.2% to $230 billion in July. This follows a 7.7% increase recorded in the month of June and a 15.8% increase in May.

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Freedom Manufacturing, Inc., a business specializing in metal manufacturing, is proud to announce national certification as a Women's Business Enterprise by the Women's Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC).

Freedom Manufacturing, Inc., formerly known as TKD Manufacturing, Inc., is a machine shop operated by skilled tradesmen, that provides quality parts for a variety of industries.
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Springs are by definition energy storage devices. Made of elastic material coiled in a specific way, they are used in a wide variety of machines and products.

Springs can operate in several different modes depending on the application. Keep reading for some basic facts about springs, the spring manufacturing industry and how to find a spring supplier.
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Google dominates the search engine world, commanding 87% of the U.S. search market, and its predominance has only intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As volume continues to grow, many business owners are complaining that costs for the search terms they rely on have shot through the roof, landing them in an uncomfortable Catch-22: in a pandemic you're looking to cut costs wherever you can, but without Google, how do you drum up new business? There's no other option than to pay up, right?
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U.S. manufacturing business conditions continued to improve in July, with key reports out this month pointing toward a slow but steady recovery.

Although U.S. industrial production and employment are still below pre-pandemic levels, the sector appears to be on the mend.

At MNI, our search and intent data shows increased search volume over last year for U.S. parts, products and services on our industrial marketplace, suggesting more domestic manufacturers are looking to source or dual source stateside following the pandemic's disruption to supply chains.

Today, we're going to dive into some of these key economic reports as they relate to manufacturing to bring you the big picture overview of business conditions at present.
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Everyone in manufacturing knows that one of the biggest and most popular methods of marketing is the trade show. Unfortunately, the restrictions government agencies have placed upon mass gatherings due to COVID-19 have all but decimated the possibility of live trade shows in 2020.

Cities around the country are losing hundreds of millions of dollars via the cancellation of these massive events.

How have existing trade shows dealt with this and is there anything companies can do to make up for the lack of exposure?
Posted by Don Layyous, Pye-Barker Engineered Solutions
A Department of Energy study shows that about 10% of all industrial electricity is consumer by compressed air systems. Industry as a whole consumes approximately $60 billion worth of electricity each year. So that means each year in the USA, collectively forks over about $6 billion to power their compressed air systems.

When you break down where that compressed air goes, only 50% of the compressed air produced each year is actually used for production.
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As part of a continuing series on industrial marketing in the age of COVID-19, this article will focus on the importance of high-quality backlinks to boost your website's SEO.

Industrial marketing is competitive because it is almost exclusively B2B in nature. Content is often geared towards companies rather than individuals. However, smart marketers know that every company is made up of individuals and will ensure that content is created with this fact in mind.

A unique voice and engaging content can help a company stand out in a crowded field of competitors. While this can help keep people consuming your content, it does not draw them to it in the first place.
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Modern content marketing is a radical departure from traditional 20th-century marketing methods. The old method was to blindly distribute information about your manufacturing capabilities or products, hoping the right people would find it.

With content marketing, that message is targeted to specific potential customers.

Content marketing can be so effective that interested individuals will actively seek out and engage with the content you produce.

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NEW BERLIN, Wis., July 28, 2020 -- Part of the thriving metal fabrication industry, Sharpe Products of New Berlin, Wisconsin is celebrating three decades in business.

Starting in 1990, on the outskirts of Milwaukee, the company began with a focus on architectural handrail fittings and metal fabrication for a variety of regional customers.
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U.S. manufacturing activity posted a second straight month of expansion in July as more businesses reopened and new orders rose, according to the Institute for Supply Management's monthly Report on Business.

According to the ISM, U.S. manufacturing activity edged up another 1.6% in July, following June's historic rebound. The index now stands at 54.2%, well into expansion territory.

In June, the ISM's index posted a gain of 9.5%, rocketing from a severe contraction back into expansion.

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Glass is an integral part of society, so ingrained in everyday life that one scarcely notices it. From eyewear to table wear, windshields to solar panels, glass makes life easier, more comfortable and more affordable. Learn about the powerful industry behind this critical material.
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Finding the right lumber supplier is vital to controlling costs and providing customers with well-constructed products.

Take a look at the various components buyers should consider when searching for the best supplier.
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U.S. manufacturing business conditions continued to improve in June, with several new reports released in July pointing to a steady climb back from historic losses triggered by the global pandemic. Today, we're rounding up all of the relevant economic reports on manufacturing released in July to bring you the big picture overview of business conditions at present.
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Phoenix, Arizona - Miller Lighting Products is celebrating its 45th year in the lighting and electrical industry.

Established in 1975. Miller Lighting is known for being one of the first wholesalers to bring LED technology to the forefront of the lighting industry.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Miller Lighting has once again pushed ahead of most of their competitors in the lighting industry by offering a wide variety of LED UV Sterilization products.
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Supply chain resilience depends upon constant monitoring of situations that can affect raw materials, transportation and production schedules.

Rapid response to these conditions can mean the difference between surviving a global crisis and shutting down operations.
Posted by Brian DuFresne of Envision Plastics and Design
While Envision Plastics' claim to fame is our No Molds Required (NMR) plastic fabrication technology for custom plastic enclosures, we also dabble with a material called ACM (Aluminum Composite Materials).

ACM fabrication is a bit different than NMR plastic fab, but it utilizes some similar equipment so we figured we may as well add it to our service offering!

So far we have utilized this material to manufacture dozens of custom ACM parts including: enclosures, panels, signage, and other parts that lend themselves to the benefits of this unique aluminum/polyethylene hybrid material.

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Category searches on the industrial marketplace IndustryNet continue to trend up, posting year-over-year gains for the last several months. COVID-related supply chain disruptions and ongoing tariffs had many industrial buyers seeking to source stateside, while others sought new suppliers as manufacturers pivoted to produce entirely new product lines.

Additionally, with many states reopening their economies, many industrial companies are seeking new products and services to get their plants up and running.

In June of 2020, industrial category searches on IndustryNet totaled 381,702. This represents an increase of 17% from June's 2019 category searches.

A closer look at the data reveals some fascinating trends, with some industries seeking significant spikes in interest. Today we're going to explore what industrial buyers were searching for in the month of June.
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Leaving suppliers whom you may have worked with for years is not a trivial decision. In fact, the decision may have been made for you thanks to the effects of COVID-19.

Sometimes, breaking ties with them might be the best thing for your business.

Many overseas suppliers were simply unable to produce within a reasonable timeframe. Others were forced to close as part of a lockdown imposed by their nation�s government.
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