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Washington D.C. Week in Manufacturing – May 27, 2015

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Wed, May 27, 2015 @ 10:19 AM

April Housing Starts Grow at Fastest Pace in Eight Years
Residential construction activity rebounded strongly in April, according to the Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. New housing starts jumped from an annualized 944,000 in March to 1,135,000 in April, the fastest pace since November 2007 (the month before the start of the Great Recession). Both single-family and multi-family housing starts were higher in April, giving comfort that residential construction is beginning to stabilize. To learn more, visit
here.

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Motivational Manufacturing Monday: A Memorial Day Thank You

Posted by George Korn on Mon, May 25, 2015 @ 07:00 AM

Because today is Memorial Day, I wanted to take a moment and say thank you to all of our fallen soldiers. I know this holiday means a fun three-day weekend for many, but I ask you to take a second and remember the brave soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. There are so many stories that go unheard from those who have protected our rights and freedoms. 

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Trailer Manufacturers: Stop Settling for Generic ERP

Posted by John Lutz on Thu, May 21, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

truck_trailerTrailer manufacturers are unique in both their processes and business needs. Unfortunately, when it comes to ERP software, trailer makers are typically lumped together with other manufacturing industries (automotive) that are not a good fit for their day-to-day operations.  

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Tags: Inventory Control, ERP Selection, Automotive ERP, best of breed

Washington D.C. Week in Manufacturing – May 20, 2015

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 08:44 AM

Consumer Spending in April Softened After March Rebound
Consumers remained cautious in their spending in April, according to the Census Bureau. Retail sales were unchanged for the month and overall spending has decelerated significantly since the start of the new year, down from a year-over-year rate of 4.7 percent in November to 0.9 percent in April. But the longer-term view may be encouraging, as the number above includes gasoline station sales, which have fallen 22.0 percent since April of last year. Excluding gasoline sales, retail sales grew 3.6 percent year-over-year. To learn more, visit
here.

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Motivational Manufacturing Monday: Effort Comes from Passion

Posted by George Korn on Mon, May 18, 2015 @ 02:08 PM

If you know me, or you have been reading some of my previous blogs, you know I have a passion for cycling. But unlike most youths, I found cycling later in life. During college, I was injured and wanted to keep active, so I was told to ride a bike to keep moving. That encouragement led to me join the school's triathlon team and discover my love of cycling. Cycling has provided me so much more than just riding a bike as I have met people from all walks of life, traveled to different events and seen some beautiful country going out for rides. Even more than that though, my passion for cycling has opened my eyes to what passion can do for you in business.

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Checking In With Universal Plastics on its Multi-Facility ERP Implementation

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Thu, May 14, 2015 @ 09:15 AM

Universal Plastics has been in the custom thermoforming business for more than 50 years. With expertise in both heavy and thin gauge thermoforming and pressure and vacuum forming, Universal Plastics is a leading manufacturer of products such sleds and kayaks for the outdoor industry, jet engine covers for the aerospace industry, HDPE enclosures for the electronics industry and much more. Its sister company, Mayfield Plastics, specializes in thermoforming highly cosmetic, pressure-formed medical parts used in everything from medical lasers to X-ray equipment, bone density scanners, CT scan machines and MRI machines.

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Washington D.C. Week in Manufacturing – May 13, 2015

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Wed, May 13, 2015 @ 08:13 AM

Hiring in the Manufacturing Sector Decreases Again in April
For the second straight month, hiring in the manufacturing sector was negative, according to the ADP. This decrease of 10,000 workers in April makes employment growth essentially flat since the start of the year. In the larger economy, nonfarm private businesses added 169,000 employees on net in April, with small and medium-sized businesses (those with less than 500 employees) contributing all but 5,000 of the increase in nonfarm private business employment gains. To learn more, visit here.

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Motivational Manufacturing Monday - How Well Do You Listen?

Posted by George Korn on Mon, May 11, 2015 @ 09:24 AM

I would like to start by saying I hope all the mothers reading this had a wonderful Mother’s Day! I have been blessed with a great mom who is always there for me, so thank you Mom! This week's blog topic is actually something my Mom taught me about. She taught my siblings and I to listen with the intent of understanding, not just to hear words. This is a life lesson that is so important in all relationships because so much can be missed when you don’t really pay attention.

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Washington D.C. Week in Manufacturing – May 6, 2015

Posted by IQMS Manufacturing ERP Software on Wed, May 06, 2015 @ 09:42 AM

Energy Efficiency Improvement Act Signed Into Law
Manufacturers use almost 30 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S. and need to be more energy efficient in order to continue to be competitive in a global economy. The President helped make that efficiency easier to achieve when he signed into law the Energy Efficiency Improvement Act of 2015. The new bill will loosen efficiency standards for grid-enabled water heaters, increase efficiency in government data centers and promote efficiency in commercial, residential and federal government-owned buildings. To learn more, visit
here.

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Motivational Manufacturing Monday: What is the Key To Winning Your Fights?

Posted by George Korn on Mon, May 04, 2015 @ 02:44 PM

“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face!”
– Mike Tyson 

This past Saturday was a huge sports day, with many different competitions taking place in a 12 hour period. There was basketball, hockey, horse racing, baseball, golf and boxing - all within the same 12 hours. For me it was a fun day and I watched more TV than I do on any other day (and maybe a beer or two).

Even if you are not a sports fan, you probably heard about the “fight of the century” between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather. While I know there are many people commenting on the event, I am going to take one angle, which is Pacquiao’s thoughts at the post-fight interview.

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