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10 Things We Love, Made in Pennsylvania

Made in Pennsylvania In case you didn't know it, PA is unofficially known as a “snack capital of the world”. It was so hard to not make this a yummy food-only list. But that wouldn't be fair to our non-food producing companies. So in no particular order I present to you the top 10 things that are yummy, useful, or fun AND made right here in Pennsylvania! ASHER'S CHOCOLATE My best friend's family is from Souderton, PA, and when she learned that I was writing a feature on the best Pennsylvania-made products, she told me I couldn't miss out on Asher's chocolate. I knew exactly what she meant when I finally got to taste Asher's products for myself. Personally, I can't get enough of their Dark Ch

Top 10 manufacturing trends for 2019

10. Investment / funding for SMEs As established enterprises wrestle with becoming more innovative and agile, ‘buying in’ that mindset and approach will be an increasingly attractive option. For start-ups and SMEs, the benefit is being able to access funding and support from a wide range of sources and being able to tap into the much wider resources of larger organisations, without necessarily compromising their independence. Whether through financial investment, accessing IP or simply agreeing a mutual sharing of resources, 2019 will see increased partnerships and collaborations between established manufacturers and smaller operators. 9. Better diversity 2018 saw the continuation of a major

The 2018 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide

We’ve made a list, checked it twice – and are excited to share it with everyone, naughty or nice! The Alliance for American Manufacturing is thrilled to unveil our 2018 Made in America Holiday Gift Guide, which features picks from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As in past years, the guide includes a variety of gift ideas at every price point and shines a spotlight on companies that support U.S. jobs and the local economy. The best part? Many of the ideas come from readers like you! We think there’s something for everyone on the list. But if you still can’t find what you’re looking for, head over to our Made in America Directory, where you can search for gift ideas by state or pr

An Operational Nod to Anthony Bourdain

Sometimes operational lessons get reinforced by unexpected players. This one begins with a story surrounding the late great Anthony Bourdain. Last week I watched a special tribute to Bourdain’s CNN travel series, Parts Unknown. It was a fond reminiscence of the “Kitchen Confidential” author, chef and travel "rock star" by the people who knew him best: Members of Bourdain’s production crew who, for years, endured the grueling logistics of capturing incredible “Tony moments” around the globe for the Emmy Award-winning show. The Angst of Not Anticipating On-site video shoots for Parts Unknown were never predictable. For a 2015 episode featuring Okinawa, the Japanese island in the East China Sea

At the One-Year Mark, Veterans Training Program is Helping Plug Skills Gap

Military veterans and advanced manufacturing, they seem like a natural fit. Many former service members return to civilian life with technical prowess not easily acquired, while the well-publicized skills gap means that manufacturers are energetically engaged in finding employees with advanced technical skills, or who show an aptitude for developing them. For veteran Ryan Clouse, that synergy is translating to a new job. Clouse is a former U.S. Marine. He served from 2012 to 2016 as a ground radio repair technician and sought an opportunity to use the technical skills acquired while in the Marines in his civilian life. As of early November, Clouse is a newly minted graduate of the Academy of

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