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Six Key Predictions for Manufacturing in 2015

The face of manufacturing in America has undergone more woeful changes than many of us in the industry care to remember. The recent past has been particularly painful, with economic downturns driving manufacturing overseas to take advantage of lower labor costs, and a generally depressed level of manufacturing activity becoming the norm.

However, there's good news to share. The lower costs associated with reshoring are driving more local manufacturing activity; technological developments are drastically changing the way plants operate; and capital investments are on the rise.

As the director of the Georgia Center of Innovation for Manufacturing, I consult with manufacturing companies of all shapes and sizes on a wide range of projects. Over the past year, I've been privy to a convergence of activities that suggest to me that 2015 will be a landmark year for American manufacturing.
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West Monroe Partners

Understand the Hidden Effects of Optimizing Inventory

Demand planning and forecasting projects are popular tactics today for boosting financial results and shareholder value-for good reason. They typically produce one-time and often significant inventory reductions but also higher inventory turns that allow organizations to sustain lower inventory levels over time. The results look great on paper, prompting executives to search for more ways to "optimize" inventory throughout the supply chain.
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Ford Motor Company

Ford's Veteran Role

Ford Motor Company and the United States military have enjoyed quite the long-term relationship.

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High Risk Markets

The Lessons for Small and Midsized Companies

The SEC sends a "wake up call for small and medium businesses that want to enter into high risk markets." Learn about the implications for your organization.

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    Comact: Sawmill Success

    It's been nearly 90 years since Comact was first founded, but the wood-processing equipment company has recently taken significant strides forward through a flurry of investments and expansions across North America.

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Puget Sound Regional Council

Washington State's Aerospace Agenda

The Obama Administration recently named the Puget Sound Region (Seattle metro) as one of the 12 designated Manufacturing Communities, as part of the second phase of the Investment in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) program launched in September 2013.

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Guibon

Facing the Chicken Challenge

One of Brazil's most dynamic poultry producers breaks boundaries when it comes to growth and investment. Reuben Ford finds out more about accepting and beating the challenge of the competitive chicken industry.

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LEONI Cable Mexico

Making Connections

LEONI Cable Mèxico is the largest automotive cable manufacturer not only in the Americas, but the world. David Soyka reports on how this subsidiary of a German global conglomerate is growing by making innovative connections that are lighter and better for the environment without sacrificing performance.

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Southern Ionics

Elements of Innovation

It's been nearly 25 years since Southern Ionics was founded as a company, and as they near the quarter-century mark, the company is innovating and expanding like never before.

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BTI Breaker Technology

Breaking It Down

Canadian-based Breaker Technology Inc. is a leader in manufacturing equipment that can bust through rock on tough terrain. Join Lorie Greenspan as she heads out into the field to discover the company's break-through in demolishing and rock-breaking equipment.

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Lindt & Sprungli

Taste Maker

The U.S. operations of premium chocolatier Lindt & Sprüngli, more commonly known as Lindt, are expanding, with a new distribution facility in Pennsylvania and a multi-million dollar expansion of its New Hampshire headquarters.

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Denusa

Making a Difference

Times may be tough for Brazil's sugar-alcohol sector, but Denusa Destilaria, a pioneering producer of alternative ethanol fuel is fired up for the future.

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Augusta Fiberglass

An American Success Story

Engineering and manufacturing some of the world's largest fiberglass reinforced plastic equipment (FRP), Augusta Fiberglass represents a company today that has continuously succeeded in combining tradition and innovation into their production processes and final products. Steve Engelhardt reports.

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Master Agroindustrial

Prize Pork

Look to pork farming. One of Brazil's names in pig production has introduced its own brand of pork cuts and is biting off a bigger part of the market. Reuben Ford chases the latest from a company with an insatiable appetite for success.

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Serac

Brimming with Success

Serac Inc represents a global leader in the design and manufacture of liquid filling and capping machines for a multitude of industries and is a company that has gotten to where it is today by always staying a step ahead of the market.

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Altona

The Vanguard of Steel Fusion

One of Brazil's leaders in production of molten steel and special alloy parts commemorates its 90th anniversary this year - a celebrated history of innovation and industrial intelligence. Reuben Ford investigates the strategy behind sustained success.

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Rodovale

Top Trailers

Road transportation of goods and cargo is a competitive business in Brazil, but for one of the country's leaders, the client is in the driving seat. Reuben Ford takes a closer look at this trailer and chassis manufacturer that teams technology with market demand.

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