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5 Major Issues That Will Determine the State of Manufacturing

Competitiveness in the Age of Digital

Not Your Father’s Business Model

Market forces are redefining the concept of competitiveness, with a shark fin replacing the bell curve in the face of technology adoption.


Manufacturers Must Join Forces to Attract Millennials

If anyone should be smiling, it's Karen Norheim, Executive Vice President of American Crane & Equipment Corporation. She's in her dream job, and her company is flourishing.


Steady Build-Up

The heady heyday of Brazil's real estate boom may be over, but as one of the country's most rock solid - and highly reputed - construction companies, Colmeia has plenty of room to grow.

McGladrey LLC

Issues That Will control the State of Manufacturing

After a long period of economic turmoil, manufacturers in the United States are finding reasons to be optimistic. Demand is up and companies are seeing improvements in productivity, along with increases in profits. For this upward trajectory to continue, however,…

IDC Manufacturing Insights

Drivers Behind Manufacturers’ IT Investments & Two Priorities for 2015

In our IDC Manufacturing Predictions for 2015, we identified seven essential drivers that shape the IT investments manufacturers are making in 2015.


Pipe Excellence

As one of the original pioneers of the revolutionary PEX piping technology, Uponor is a company that is known around the world for generating innovative solutions across a number of different applications; from plumbing and fire safety, to radiant heating…

Jorgensen Forge

Jorgensen Forge | Industry Today

Jorgensen Forge is a Washington-based manufacturer that has provided high-quality, critical components for some of North America's most influential and innovative leaders of industry over the last 75 years. In a conversation with Industry Today, Dan Augustine, vice president of…

Lufkin Industries

Geared Performance

Lufkin Industries, part of GE Oil & Gas, is a leading provider of gear products and gearing technologies custom engineered and designed to fit mechanical drive applications anywhere in the world, supported by an extensive and unparalleled service network. David…

Mariza Alimentos

Recipe for Success

Having consolidated its position as the leading food company of the Amazonian North, Mariza Alimentos is ready to take on the rest of Brazil. Founder and president Flávio Costa explains to Michael Sommers how the company's regional identity and reputation…


Precision Machining

For over 75 years, Mecachrome has served as a global leader in the design, engineering, manufacturing, and assembling of complex precision-engineered components for aircraft and automotive applications. 2014 marks the 10th anniversary of their division in Canada and Charles Magnan,…

Nova Bus

Sustainably Driven

Nova Bus, a division of the Volvo Group, develops and delivers eco-friendly transit solutions to the North American market. These transit solutions comprise a range of clean-diesel, natural gas, hybridelectric and soon, 100 percent electric vehicles built to the custom…


Elevating America’s Truck

The all-new Ford F-150 is the toughest, smartest and most capable F-150 ever, and its advanced manufacturing and assembly adds another chapter to Ford's storied history, where innovation has always been the standard. Steve Engelhardt reports.

ITW Food Equipment Group

Believing in Brazil

One of Brazil's biggest manufacturers of commercial food equipment for foodservice and food retail announces plans to become the market leader in the next five years. Through incorporated brands and accumulated experience, the company claims faith in the future of…


Stepping Up

Alumasa has spent the last 30 years producing aluminum and plastic products for Brazil's civil construction sector. Now, despite a stagnant Brazilian economy, as commercial director Rodrigo Fontanella confesses to Michael Sommers, hope is on the horizon with the dawning…

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