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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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Following are some additional resources that may be of interest to members considering how to best manage their supply chain. • Building the supply chain of the future, McKinsey & Company management consultants • Five essential stages in developing a successful supply chain, Trade Ready blog • Using supply chains to grow your business, Harvard Business Review

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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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We’ve got two surveys circulating currently – the first, is to learn more about the philanthropic efforts your company engages in. The second survey currently in your inbox, is to gather information on whether a group health insurance program would be of interest and/or value to you. 

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The more information NAFEM and its members share with the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy, the better they can represent our concerns about burdensome regulations within the federal government.

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