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Local Manufacturing Company is Expanding

Elk County, PA - Friday, Governor Tom Wolf announced Clarion Sintered Metals (CSM), a powdered metal company primarily serving the automotive component industry, will expand both of its facilities in Ridgway, Elk County, and create 55 new Pennsylvania jobs. "It's great to see yet another manufacturer expanding right here in Pennsylvania," Governor Wolf said. "Clarion Sintered Metals is not only creating 55 new manufacturing jobs with this project, but it is retaining a further 262, meaning it will remain a boon to the Elk County community for years to come. When strong manufacturers choose to grow in the commonwealth, it's a win for the company, it's a win for Pennsylvania, and it's a win fo

4 Essential Parts to an Actionable Business Strategy for Manufacturers

"Strategy" has been a term bandied about by many an agency and consultant for years. It has lost its luster with some small-to-mid sized manufacturers for a multitude of reasons. Many times, strategic consultants will come into a company, implement a high-level evaluation of markets, competitors, and industries, and deliver a thick document, outlining the details of their extensive research and interviews, including an executive summary of areas for business focus. All good and well, but here comes the rub. StartFragment More often than not, once these strategies have been developed, the organization has few tools, resources, or skill sets to take the strategy from concept to reality. Enteri

The Century Foundation on Why Manufacturing Jobs are Worth Saving

The foundation is aiming to increase the number of high wage jobs. StartFragment The Century Foundation officially launched a new initiative on Tuesday to find ways to bring high wage work back to America’s heartland, including via manufacturing, technological innovation, expanding workforce training and targeted investment. Overseen by the foundation’s Bernard L. Schwartz Rediscovering Government Initiative, the "High Wage America Project” will focus on research and policy solutions to develop a high wage agenda and reverse policies that cut wages. The project kicked off with a discussion at the Capitol in Washington, D.C., featuring Members of Congress and panelists from different regions

Factory Owners Encourage Boomer Workers to Stay

19 percent of factory employers are asking senior workers to stay. StartFragment According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), 3.5 million more factory workers will be needed over the next decade to keep up with the demand for products — but 2 million of those positions may go unfilled due to a growing shortage of skilled workers. EndFragment StartFragment That’s troubling news for the economy, but for aging boomers, there’s a bright side. Companies increasingly are trying to get many of the 78 million older workers who are nearing retirement to stay on the job and are offering them more flexible working arrangements. In Minnesota, the Star Tribune recently cited one aluminum

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