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12 Jul: 500,000 Custom Manufacturing and Machine Jobs are Beckoning

While the recession in the United States is no longer a looming reality, its repercussions are still felt across multiple industries and sectors. But on closer inspection a fascinating conundrum comes to light. On one hand people are applying to over 200 jobs a year in an attempt to secure work, and on the other there are 500,000 vacant manufacturing positions waiting for the right candidates to fill them. This is known as the Skill Gap, where qualified workers are…

22 Apr: Earth Day 2016

Every year on April 22nd, events are held all around the world to demonstrate support for environmental protection.  This day is officially known as Earth Day and is celebrated in over 190 countries.  The goal of Earth Day is to bring attention to harmful pollution that is hurting the environment, as well as promote steps that individuals and companies can take to cut back on the pollution they may be causing.   With the first Earth Day occurring in 1970, we…

05 Apr: Medical Device Tax Suspension

Branded a job-killer when it was introduced, the Medical Device Excise Tax was temporarily suspended starting January 1st of 2016, until the end of 2017. The tax was created to impose an excise tax on the sale of certain medical devices by the manufacturer or importer of the device.  This tax had been fought over for years, since it was implemented as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2013. Interestingly enough, the suspension of the tax…

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…

09 Feb: The Medical Industry is Growing – And Swiss Precision Machining, Inc. is Ready For It!

Unprecedented demand for medical equipment and healthcare services are forecasted for the very near future. In fact, the medical industry is booming, and is considered to be “recession-proof” because of its importance. The aging population is probably one of the most significant trends affecting the medical industry right now. Recent news reports quote U.S. Census Bureau statistics and forecasts stating that by the year 2020, the number of people between the ages of 65 and 74 will increase 74 percent….

12 Jan: New Year – New Building

Swiss Precision Machining Inc. will be moving in 2016 to a new facility in Wheeling, Illinois.  This new building contains 82,000 sq. ft. and sits on over 7 acres of land, with over 200 parking spaces on the property.  This is a large increase from the 29,000 sq. ft. building we are currently in.  The new building was previously used as a manufacturing facility, which makes the transition easier, and limits the renovations needed. The renovations that are being done…

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…

01 Jun: Safety at Work Takes Center Stage in June: Swiss Precision Machining Inc. Reports

Safety at work is often viewed as a compliance practice – something businesses are forced to contend with to avoid legal hassles. But its genuine importance lies elsewhere. It is universally accepted that employees who return home to their families safe and sound end up being more productive, loyal and accountable. Yet the institutionalization of work place safety is mired in bureaucracy. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), across the globe 270 million men and women lose their lives…

01 May: Swiss Precision Machining and why STEM is Vital

What is Swiss Precision Machining? For over thirty years, Swiss Precision Machining has manufactured custom precision parts from customer blueprints for a variety of industries. SPM started as a small machine shop with only three Swiss-style cam machines and now has more than sixty different machines! As technology has changed, SPM has changed with it and grown by purchasing, devolving, and mastering advanced machines and their software. A Need The fact is this: Without an educated and skilled pool of…