Manufacturing

09 Mar: Positive Signs for Manufacturing Job Growth

The manufacturing sector has been riding a rollercoaster when it comes to jobs over the last few years. During the global recession, there was a massive loss of jobs, but since recovery began, manufacturing has been seeing growth in stops and starts. In 2015, a net gain of 33,000 jobs was seen in manufacturing.  The number rose and declined throughout the year, with much of the gain occurring in the last few months.  This was accepted by most as a…

10 Aug: The Skills Gap

The re-emergence of the manufacturing sector has, unfortunately, highlighted the fact that America has some issues to work on moving forward. The most obvious of these issues has been shown to be fitting skilled workers into the right job. Due to the spread of manufacturing, the evolution of necessary skills, and new processes, this skills gap has made it difficult for manufacturing businesses to fill all the positions they need. To address the gap, manufacturers must first realize the causes…

13 Jul: Trends in Manufacturing for 2015

At Swiss Precision Machining, we know that you shouldn’t concentrate on the past, and that you must always be looking ahead. While we have built a modern, successful manufacturing company with a reputation for quality and value, we know that this can only be maintained by keeping an eye towards the future, and by seeing trends and adapting to changes. So what changes do we have our eyes on for the upcoming year? • The Cloud – The cloud has…

13 Apr: Illinois Manufacturing

Swiss Precision Machining has been part of the Illinois manufacturing community for over 30 years, and in that time, we have seen the rise and the fall of manufacturing in the state. It might surprise you to know that Illinois is one of the most important states in the United States in regards to contributing to the nation’s manufacturing output. How important? Well, let’s take a look at 10 facts about Illinois manufacturing. As of 2011, Illinois was ranked as…

15 May: Where is U.S. Manufacturing Headed?

The sharp loss of manufacturing jobs has triggered legitimate concern that America’s best days are behind us. And in the years 2001 through 2008, about 40,000 U.S. manufacturing plants closed, resulting in the loss of good-paying jobs. From 2001 to 2007, 2.3 million jobs were lost just from the U.S.’s huge trade deficit with China. Two million more jobs were lost in 2008-2009 alone. At its peak in 1979, manufacturing accounted for slightly less than 20 million jobs – but…

07 Apr: Boost Efficiency with Automation – FIVE Steps

For many years, mills shut down to move operations overseas. For the most part, these moves were done to take advantage of cheap labor in foreign countries—labor so cheap that it offset the logistical challenges, freight costs and quality issues that exist in operating a manufacturing facility overseas. Now we see what’s called “reshoring,” — manufacturing coming back stateside. Automation is one of many reasons why. It’s a key in combating low overseas labor rates and keeping manufacturing competitive in…

17 Mar: Top Favorable Manufacturing Trends

The manufacturing industry has seen a lot of growth lately. In fact, U.S. production in November measured by the Institute for Supply Management increased from 56.4 to 57.3, the fastest expansion since April 2011. In the U.S., manufacturing is on the rise and is expected to continue on that path as 2014 progresses. The following are a few trends that are likely helping to fuel manufacturing demand: 1. Business returning from China. This has been seen a lot over the…

13 Sep: The Return of American Manufacturing

Today’s conversations about manufacturing are revolving around its welcome comeback. Following years of outsourcing and subsequent loss of business to overseas competitors, we are now seeing a return of manufacturing to our shores. The reasons for this are not arbitrary, and it’s not accidental. According to experts, and articles such as this one, the main reasons for its return are threefold: 1)      Demand for American-made products is rising throughout the world 2)      Cheap overseas labor is no longer so cheap…