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  • If you’re in a leadership role, or part of a functional team at work, you should check out this blog post on the value of including people that you don’t like in the mix. Carl Jung said “the meeting of two personalities is like the...

  • Here are some of the trends and stories to watch for in 2019, according to the Kiplinger Letter: GDP – growth will slow in 2019 to 2.5% (versus 2.9% in 2018). Growth will also slow in Q4 2019, as the jobless rate will inhibit firms...

  • 5G is here—sort of. Verizon and AT&T both launched preliminary 5G services in late 2018, but neither is broadly available or meaningful at this time. The 5G adoption rate for phones is only expected to hit .4% in 2019. So the real race to 5G,...

  • Agriculture in the U.S. has managed to avoid a serious downturn since the 1980’s, when debt loads fed a wave of bankruptcies. Balance sheets have benefited from stable land values, despite the rise in debt. The value of the real estate accounts for about 80%...

  • Amazon Business provides its users purchasing solutions for companies of any size. Each business can assign users that are allowed to purchase business supplies at Amazon.com on behalf of their employer. The administrator can add authorized users, manage payment and shipping methods, approve workflo

  • Expect the Department of Labor to propose new rules surrounding apprenticeships sometime this fall. The change will allow industry-led groups to certify apprenticeship programs that will augment the existing state and federal system. Work-based learning programs could be certified by trade and profe

  • Are you establishing your brand with authority on LinkedIn? There are more than 13 million companies on the platform vying for the attention of more than 500 million users. Here are some ideas from a Hootsuite blog that will help you optimize your brand on...

  • Armstrong Rapid Manufacturing is 50 years old! Armstrong specializes in rapid prototyping of aluminum and zinc castings and thermoplastics. John Armstrong established Armstrong RM in 1968 with old-world craftsmanship and ideals. Armstrong has built upon this foundation of manufacturing expertise and

  • Celebrating 50 years of expertise in metal and plastic prototyping and low-volume manufacturing The last 50 years have seen many technological milestones. In 1968, man was yet to walk on the moon, computers were enormous, and the plastics industry was about to boom. For a...

  • When you cultivate gratitude you’ll sleep better, feel happier, be more empathetic, and strengthen your resilience. Gratitude can rewire your brain and activate the release of dopamine and serotonin. With practice, you can retrain your brain to deflect negative thoughts. Here’s how you can cultivate

  • The rise of autonomous cars is upon us. Although some of us might feel like the Jetson’s era was just a kitschy cartoon, self-driving cars are likely to change the urban landscape. If we use self-driving cars the same way that we currently use passenger...

  • Happy New Year 2019. 2018 was a fantastic year for most businesses – mine included.  Thank you to all our customers for the business you placed with our group over the past year(s).   As we look forward to 2019, expectations are that this is...

  • We are using technology today in abundance.  Everything from monitoring homes to scheduling dinner reservations. When technology works we save time gaining productivity and efficiency.   When it fails, we fall back on a relationship (human interface) to guide us through. In many cases, this...

  • It’s expected that the budget deficit will expand to $1 trillion in 2019, almost 5% of GDP. While the deficit topped out at $1.4 trillion in 2009, that occurred during a recession, versus today’s long-running expansion. There are many factors that are contributing to the...

  •  As a global leader in the manufacture of thermal management products, Electro-Mechanical Products (EMP) employs the latest technologies, materials and engineering techniques to create custom products including: Cold Plates/Chill Plates Flat Plate Heat Exchangers Custom Coil Windings Nonmetallic Hea

  • Expect that energy costs will be somewhat higher in 2019 compared to 2018. Crude oil prices will continue to rise, with U.S. crude averaging $70/barrel. Gas prices are also inching up and will average $2.90 to $3 next year. Natural gas prices will remain stable,...

  • Typically, each member of the Lupton Business Development team has the privilege of writing an article for this newsletter once a year. We generally focus on market trends, new technologies, etc., as it relates to the world of manufacturing. I originally set out to write...

  • Did you know that Dynamic Plastics built over 300 new tools in 2018? Dynamic Plastics is a full service provider of low-volume tooling and thermoplastic injection molding solutions. Dynamic will move your project from prototype to production within a budget and timeline that gives you...

  • Life insurance companies are beginning to offer rewards to customers that track their fitness activity using wearable trackers (like Fitbit and the Apple Watch). Insurers like fitness buffs, as they are likely to live longer and are probably more health-conscious, and less risky to cover....

  • As many employers struggle to fill job vacancies, displaced Puerto Ricans are being recruited for jobs in the U.S. Industries that hire workers via temporary visas are having an especially hard time filling positions, and find hiring Puerto Ricans a solution that helps alleviate the...

  • Hosting family over the holidays? Invited to a holiday brunch? Download this recipe for a delicious Cranberry Coffee Cake. It makes the perfect hostess gift.  

  • Employers all over the country are struggling to find qualified job candidates. Many of our principals find it very challenging to find quality people for all different types of manufacturing positions.  As the economy continues to grow and companies are trying to increase productivity to...

  • Libra Industries, an electronics manufacturing services (EMS) provider, is pleased to announce that it is now compliant with Special Publication 800-171 – “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations” – from the National Institute of Standards a

  • While manufacturing is in the midst of a very solid year, a few storm clouds are gathering in the sky. Rising interest rates will inhibit the availability of credit. The strict immigration policies will continue to make it difficult to find skilled workers in a...

  • A recent Deloitte study projects that by 2025, there will be a 2 million fewer workers than manufacturing jobs, due to a proficiency gap. These skilled manufacturing jobs pay, on average, more than $27/hour (compared to the average hourly wage in the U.S. for all...

  • If you’ve been wondering what NASA has been up to, it turns out they have been busy trying to get a lander to Mars. The InSight spacecraft survived a descent through Mars’ atmosphere, and landed on the surface on November 26, 2018. NASA was able...

  • We have all heard the old adage “Practice makes perfect.” Malcolm Gladwell’s 2008 book, Outliers: The Story of Success, touted 10,000 as the ‘magic number’ of hours someone needs to devote to their craft to become an expert. A pioneer in the study and science...

  • Researchers at Georgia State University, V. Kumar and his colleagues, considered how Apple, the most successful company in the world, launched products to the marketplace. They studied the relationship between the frequency of product launches, how unique the product is and the valuation of the...

  • Kiplinger Letter sees commodity prices staying soft for at least the first half of 2019. The health of the global economy and uncertainty related to the U.S. and China trade disputes are keeping prices from rebounding after a slump late in 2018. It is expected...

  • Staying aware of market and industry trends is vital to remaining competitive and relevant for any organization. In the manufacturing world, there has been a strong push towards “Smart Manufacturing”, and as a result we are finding factories increasing efficiencies, reducing down time and therefore;

  • What are some of the secrets of aging well? Recent studies have illuminated a few characteristics of people that have lived into their nineties, and another study looked at 80-somethings whose memory and cognitive ability matches people that are much younger. Close relationships: People that...

  • Here are some great tips on avoiding hackers, data breaches and malware attacks in 2019: Set boundaries and stick with them. Decide upfront what data you are willing to share online, and stick with your limits. When you install new apps, use your own rules...

  • As an economic strategy, tariffs can be an effective way to test your trading partner’s willingness to retaliate. Ethan Harris, head of global economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, says “The act of putting on tariffs teaches you something about the other side.” While...

  • The thixomolding process is similar to plastic injection molding using magnesium alloy in place of a plastic resin. This technology creates ultra thin, light-weight components with high precision and tighter tolerances than casting. Some of the highlights of magnesium thixomolding include: Strength

  • While so much of our everyday lives are conducted online, it is still important to me to build personal relationships while doing my job. An early reliance on automation can hinder the development of an authentic and genuine personal connection.   Admittedly, I did not...

  • Touted as the new NAFTA, President Trump struck a deal with Mexico and Canada in September, 2018. The USMCA (U.S-Mexico-Canada) agreement will ensure the continuation of cross-border commerce among the three countries. The new agreement includes changes to the rules of origin percentage for the...

  • Here’s an interesting take on the Trump vs. China trade war that is starting to impact business in the U.S. The New York Times Thomas Friedman contends that the trouble with China is the market access barriers that China implemented over the past forty years....

  • While steel tonnage import volumes are slowing, due to President Trump’s hefty tariffs, U.S. steelmakers have moved into a stronger position in the glutted global steel market. This strategy may backfire, as U.S. steel prices rise well above the price of imported steel. The premium...

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