Manufacturing Business Blog

Helpful articles from manufacturing experts to help your organization grow sales, reduce risks, and retain employees.

Four Factors for Fueling Transformational Growth

Growth & Strategy, Uncategorized

By Marie Mansheim, Senior Consultant—Growth & Strategy Practice Leader Consider this: Manufacturers that came through the 2008 recession the strongest are those that made aggressive moves during the 2010 recovery and were rewarded from 2011 to 2013 with sustained revenue…

7 Tips for Establishing Metrics to Keep You Competitive

Growth & Strategy

By Marie Mansheim, Senior Consultant—Growth & Strategy Practice Leader From metrics that measure the health of your business, to key performance indicators (KPIs) that identify progress toward your business goals, tracking performance is essential in the highly competitive manufacturing industry….

5 Reasons to Pursue a Purpose-Driven Strategy

Growth & Strategy, Human Capital

As Simon Sinek recently acknowledged, “People don’t buy what you do; they buy WHY you do it.” That understanding and the competitive leverage it can bring is the foundation of a purpose-driven strategy. To be sure, having a purpose can generate a…

Investing In Manufacturing Automation

Automation & Technology

Carol Crawford WMEP Senior Consultant Operational Excellence, Supply Chain, Six Sigma Black Belt Faced with an array of workforce challenges, Wisconsin manufacturers are investing in process improvement and automation as a means of dealing with an increasingly tight labor market….

4 Best Practices for Better Strategic Planning

Growth & Strategy, Uncategorized

Strategic Planning. Rarely were there two words viewed with more reluctance, dread, and disappointment. The process of strategic planning is often considered too time consuming for manufacturers, especially when their immediate needs are more pressing. For others, it’s too intimidating as it comes…

Employee Recruitment: Winning the War for Talent

Human Capital, Uncategorized

By Chris Czarnik, CEO of Career Research Group, Award Winning International Speaker | Author | Business Trainer | Chris Czarnik, CEO of Career Research Group The intensifying struggles facing companies in their quest to recruit employees has been brewing for years, a…

Want Growth? Move From Startup Plan to Strategic Plan.

Growth & Strategy

By Marie Mansheim, Senior Consultant—Growth & Strategy Practice Leader A well-written startup plan has its purpose. It can open doors, help secure financing, and lay the groundwork for performance. Once the doors are open, companies can outgrow those early plans…

The Six Words That Will Massively Improve Your Employee Recruitment in 2022

Human Capital

This blog is part of a monthly series brought to you by the America Works initiative. As a part of the MEP National Network’s goal of supporting the growth of small and medium-sized manufacturing companies, this series focuses on innovative…

Preventative Measures: 4 Internal Factors Threatening Your Strategy

Growth & Strategy, Human Capital

By Marie Mansheim, Senior Consultant—Growth & Strategy Practice Leader There’s good reason we’re encouraged to have a checkup with our doctors every year. Potentially unhealthy conditions can go undetected and an annual physical is a helpful way to catch any…

6 Key Signs it’s Time to Change Your Strategy

Growth & Strategy

By Marie Mansheim, Senior Consultant—Growth & Strategy Practice Leader Maybe yours is a hyper-dynamic market or perhaps there’s an aggressive challenger that’s chipped away your competitive advantage. Then again, what if there’s a significant technology change poised to dramatically alter your…

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