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Shop management encompasses everything from strategic planning to the nuts and bolts of statistical process control. Whether you're an executive, manager, or supervisor, you'll find articles about overcoming challenges and struggles just like yours.

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Removing the obstacles to success

October 11, 2005

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Owners of mid-sized businesses (those that sell for $2 million to $250 million) should know that the environment for selling such a business has grown increasingly harsh over the past 25 years or so. Many of the competitive forces at work in the global arena that have made manufacturing overseas attractive have made overseas manufacturing companies attractive investments, to the detriment of U.S. business owners. However, knowledge and planning can help an owner of a mid-sized manufacturing firm get a premium price for his business.

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10 steps to winning a government contract - Step 5

October 11, 2005

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When you want to bid on a government contract, getting the technical data you need, including specifications and drawings, is critical.

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Product liability

October 11, 2005

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By recognizing the myths and understanding the realities of protecting your business, you can make simple strategic refinements to help give you true peace of mind when it comes to product liability.

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Making the sale

October 11, 2005

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Many customers are brand-loyal. How you sell to these individuals, some of whom may have preconceived notions of what they want, will determine your sales success.

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Waste replaced

October 11, 2005

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If your welding shop hasn't implemented lean manufacturing initiatives, it's only a matter of time, the experts say. Learn and brush up on your understanding of lean manufacturing to see what tools might help boost your productivity and efficiency.

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Successful tradeshow tips for attendees and exhibitors

October 11, 2005

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Getting the most from a tradeshow takes more effort than just being there. Following a few common tips, both attendees and exhibitors can maximize the tradeshow experience.

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Selling to GM – A tough customer gets tougher

October 11, 2005

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The automaker's relentless focus on cost cutting has made few friends in the supplier community. GM recently made several announcements that may signal an even greater focus on price.

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Want a firsthand look at manufacturing in China?

September 13, 2005

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China has been in the news extensively during the past couple of years, and developments in 2005 have intensified the focus on the world's most populous country. Chinese companies Hair and China National Offshore Oil Co. put in bids on U.S. companies (Maytag and Unocal); meanwhile, the People's Bank of China unhooked the yuan from the dollar in favor of linking the yuan to a basket of foreign currencies. This is the perfect time to embark on a tour to get a better understanding of the country's manfacturing capabilities, so FMA, TPA, and Thermatool Corp. teamued up to organize the tube- and pipe-oriented tour of the country.

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Getting your mojo back

August 9, 2005

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Organizations can be only as energized and focused as their leaders. This article discusses how leaders can replenish their own waning energy levels and refocus.

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Beyond Social Security

July 12, 2005

Lost in the debate over Social Security is that no one can live on it alone. Unfortunately, many employees lack the financial savvy to manage their money and plan for retirement. Business can and should address this issue with its employees. To provide for tomorrow's retirees we need to educate workers on how to manage their money today.

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10 steps to winning a government contract - Step 4

June 1, 2005

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Before we address getting the bid package, read the following. If you believe that you can find one bid – that one special bid – and put all your eggs in that basket, consider this: "I've missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I've...

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Metal manufacturing's greatest concerns

May 10, 2005

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Figure 1March 2005 "Fabricating Update" Survey ResultsIn a recent "Fabricating Update" newsletter, we asked subscribers to choose their operations' leading concerns from factors often cited as contributing to manufacturing's woes. Steel prices—the No. 1 response—outranked the next...

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Making the best possible decisions

May 10, 2005

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Decision-making is an important activity for business owners and leaders. It also can be a source of frustration for both the decision-makers and those affected by the decisions.Although as a leader or manager you always might not show your worry or concern when making decisions, many of you spend...

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Companies with solid training programs will survive the future

April 11, 2005

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Every week I receive a phone call that goes something like this: "I need someone in here to train my guys now. We're behind in filling our customers' orders; our defects are way up; we can't keep the equipment up and running; and the guy who knew how to fix all of this retired six months ago."I try...

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The Big Three's 2005 cost challenges

April 11, 2005

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A decline in the Big Three's market share, combined with rising health care and retiree costs, is contributing to extreme cost pressures for the Big Three and their suppliers.The Sales Situation2004 was a tough year in Detroit. The overall U.S. market for light-vehicle sales increased more than 1.4...

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