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Current best practices being utilized by U.S. manufacturers and/or their global competitors

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best_practiceswhitelineManufacturing the Future: The next era of global growth and innovation
November 2012
Category: Current State of MFG, Innovation, Global Competitiveness, Education & Workforce, Best Practices, Supply Chain

Manufacturing the future: The next era of global growth and innovation, a major report from the McKinsey Global Institute, presents a clear view of how manufacturing contributes to the global economy today and how it will probably evolve over the coming decade. Findings in the report include: manufacturing's changing role, manufacturing is not monolithic, and the new dynamic phase of manufacturing.


International Benchmarking of Countries’ Policies and Programs Supporting SME Manufacturers

September 2011
Category: Current State of MFG, Global Competitiveness, Best Practices

Provides numerous examples of best practice in one or more of ten competitor nations in the areas of: technology acceleration programs and practice; technology acceleration funding mechanisms; next generation manufacturing technical assistance; and connectors. The comparison matrix on p.6 is an indicative summary of what can be found throughout the report.

One Small Step for Energy Efficiency: Targeting Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers- January 2014
The manufacturing sector accounts for about a third of primary energy consumed in the United States. This sector is increasingly relied on to generate energy savings to meet efficiency targets set by states and energy utilities. While most of that effort has sought savings from large manufacturers (the 10% of establishments that account for close to 50% of energy use), more energy efficiency programs are beginning to address the needs facing small to medium-sized manufacturers (SMM). This report discusses barriers, opportunities, and solutions to designing energy efficiency programs that result in significant savings from smaller manufacturers.
Other Categories: Current State of MFG, Federal/Industry Collaboration, Education & Workforce, Regulatory & Policy Recommendations, Best Practices, Sustainability

America's Manufacturing Workforce: Make or Buy? - July 2013
This report is intended to dispel the notion that an adequate supply of skilled employees is beyond the reach of American manufacturers. In fact, there are several choices that American manufacturers can make to ensure a pipeline of talent for the foreseeable future. However, manufacturers must be strategic in their thinking and rigorous in their execution of these options. With that in mind, America’s SMEs can fill their skilled worker gaps before they become insurmountable challenges.
Other Categories: Education & Workforce

Growing Your Region’s Economy with Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs  - December 2011
NADO's publication highlights the innovative approaches being taken by five regional development organizations (RDO) in Colorado, Oregon, Texas, and Wisconsin to spur job growth through new business startups or existing business expansions. 
Other Categories:Innovation, Capital & Cost, Best Practice, Productivity

2010 Georgia Manufacturing Survey - October 2011
Analyzes several competitiveness factors for manufacturers and determines that those that compete based on innovation are nearly three times more profitable than those competing on cost.
Other Categories: Current State of MFG, Innovation, Global Competitiveness, Federal/Industry Collaboration

What's Your Plan for 2025? - October 2011
Provides a thorough view on the struggles of today and tomorrow’s U.S. manufacturers. Focus areas include: customer priorities through innovation; globally local operations; supply network flexibility; agility on the shop floor and beyond; sustain and partner for scarce resources.
Other Categories: Current State of MFG, Innovation, Productivity, Supply Chain