Association News

NAFEM congratulates Lawrence P. Moon, CFSP, chairman & CEO, The Sandstone Group and Lakeside Manufacturing, Inc., West Milwaukee, Wis., recipient of the 2019 NAFEM William W. Carpenter’s Award.  The award was presented during The NAFEM Show, Feb. 6, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla. The William W. Carpenter Award is the association’s highest honor, given […]

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NAFEM congratulates Carol P. Wallace, CFSP, former president and CEO of Cooper-Atkins Corporation, Middlefield, Conn., and Clifford D. Baggott, CFSP, president/CEO of Cres Cor, Mentor, Ohio, recipients of the 2019 President’s Award. The award, presented at The NAFEM Show, Feb. 6, Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Fla., recognizes a non-elected NAFEM volunteer who has donated […]

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One thing is certain — we can count on a new round of issues in 2019 that will impact our business and create challenges with many underlying opportunities. NAFEM’s role thru the volatility, beyond what will be “the best NAFEM show ever” in February, is to continue to help gather, support and advocate with the information we provide to you, so that you and your leadership team better understand the important issues affecting your business.  Hopefully, each year, we grow in our ability to provide these services to you.

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It used to be that the time between Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays was what we commonly referred to as “clean-up” time – you got programs wrapped up, 2018 files cleaned up and tucked away, 2019 files organized and started, and we’re just ready for the calendar to turn.

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“The process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service that creates value or for which customers will pay.”

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Since 2012, Manufacturing Day has been a celebration of the massive and positive impacts this sector has had on the U.S. NAFEM celebrates Manufacturing Day – to not only raise awareness of the industry, but to inspire future generations of workers from all skill levels and backgrounds.

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You know manufacturing matters in the U.S. economy. After all, that’s why there’s a nationally-recognized day to celebrate it! Here are a few numbers to help put it in perspective.

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It’s as common a phrase as “yes chef” or “needs more salt” in cooking school parlance.  You wouldn’t use a paring knife to chop an onion nor would you use a French knife to peel an apple.  Simply put, there’s a “right tool” for every job.  Hold that thought.

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Change is good for all of us if we embrace what’s new, respecting our history and not simply holding onto what has worked in the past for each of us, NAFEM, or our industry when the time to change has come.

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