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Category - Human Resource


Investing in Equipment AND People

As the economy rages on and the workforce becomes tighter and tighter, there are a few choices manufacturers have regarding the future. Press on full-steam with the people and equipment you have.  Make hay while the sun shines and take advantage of this economic BOOM See #1 + become strategic about how you can set your …


The Upside of Trade Groups

A few years ago, I thought it would be beneficial to join my local trade association, the Minnesota Precision Manufacturers Association (MPMA).  I had attended a few of their events as a guest of vendors and knew several people who were already involved in the organization. After joining and attending a few professional and social …


Leading By Example

I recently read an article about the CEO of Minneapolis based Graco and their CEO Pat McHale.  The article did a great job introducing Mr. McHale and his dedication to the company, relationship with employees, and some of his philosophies on management, leadership, and business.  They include: IT DOESN’T MATTER WHERE YOU START, ONLY THAT YOU …


Ethics > Experience: The Hiring Game

As the manufacturing industry grows, common headlines and news reports point to a lack of qualified and experienced workers who can fill open positions.  Employers across the country are struggling to find trained machinists and welders (among other skilled trades) who can step in to fill open positions. State and federal political figures have stepped up …