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Welcoming Foxconn to Wisconsin

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Overlooking Fortaleza Hall at S.C. Johnson headquarters.

Last Friday, November 10th, S.C. Johnson CEO Fisk Johnson and the S.C. Johnson team hosted the historic signing of the Foxconn Technology Group contract, bringing a projected $10 billion investment, 20 million + square feet, and up to 13,000 high tech jobs to southeastern Wisconsin. 

Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin

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The Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin contest has become one of the most fun things about Manufacturing Month in Wisconsin. This year’s contest garnered nearly 200,000 votes — more than 10 times as many votes than WMC’s inaugural coolest thing contest, which crowned Harley-Davidson’s Milwaukee Eight Engine the winner last year.

Manufacturing Month: Women in Manufacturing

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Earlier this year, Girl Scouts of the USA introduced several new badges related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. Girl Scouts now have the opportunity to earn badges by creating algorithms, designing robots and racecars, trying their hand at engineering, and more. It’s one of the Girl Scout organization’s biggest badge rollouts in years, and it should prove to be an instrumental program that encourages girls to learn new skills and encourage their interest in STEM and careers in manufacturing.

Fluid Power Industrial Consortium

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On Friday, June 2nd, Precision Plus hosted the second ever meeting of the Fluid Power Industrial Consortium (FPIC), part of the National Fluid Power Association (NFPA) and in association with the Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) University.  The consortium was formed to advance the networking opportunities amongst members and drive innovation through collaboration.

Change Your Game: The New PMPA Education Foundation Website

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Today we celebrate the launch of the new PMPA Education Foundation website featuring the “Change Your Game” video. This project was commissioned by our industry foundation to raise awareness of the rewarding career opportunities in machining, and manufacturing in general. We are targeting an audience combined of students, educators, parents, and elected officials. You can visit the website at http://changeyourgame.careers/. 

Copper and Stainless Steel Pricing – A Barometer of Industrial Activity?

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For those of you that follow the copper market, I am certain you have noticed the dramatic move to higher prices that started in late October. As you can see from the 1-year chart below, copper had trended in a band all year long between essentially $2.10 and $2.30, yet has spiked $0.65/lb. higher. This is about 31% higher since the last bottom at $2.10. Clearly, this is a strong move over a relatively short period of time, and it has happened during a period absent of any overwhelmingly strong economic news around the world.

Manufacturing Day 2016 Survey Results

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The National Association of Manufacturer’s (NAM) Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte recently released the results of a survey conducted after this year’s events. The survey measured the results of the effect Manufacturing Day 2016 had on the public’s view of the industry.

IMTS 2016 – By the Numbers

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Last week marked another record-breaking show for the International Manufacturing Show (IMTS). The 31st edition of this event took place September 12 through 17 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

Precision Plus to Implement New LED Lighting Systems

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In our industry, we are constantly looking for improved manufacturing technology and techniques, and Precision Plus continues to make significant investments in our manufacturing and inspection equipment. It is also important to invest in improvements of buildings and facilities, and we realized our lighting systems, while once sufficient, have not kept pace. As new technologies in lighting have been introduced, there has been a huge learning curve: less talk about wattages and more about lumen output and light efficacy. Not only that, a business needs to guarantee a better return on investment (ROI) when making these major decisions.

Scholarships Geared Toward Our Industries

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It is very clear to every student and parent that the cost of higher education is rising far faster than our pay stubs, yet there are so many scholarships and grant opportunities that go unknown and often underutilized. According to Sallie Mae, the nation’s leading provider of student loans, about a third of American families used scholarships and grants to pay for college in 2015-2016, but roughly $100 million in scholarship funds go unclaimed every year.

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