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September 24, 2012

Manufacturing in America (Infographic)

By Jennifer Wilson September 24, 2012

Manufacturing in America is central to our economic strength and a driver of innovation. Manufacturing jobs are some of the best in the country, yet the public doesn’t perceive them to be. And there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill them. But together, we can help tell the real story…

Manufacturing in America

Infographic courtsey of NIST MEP (http://mep.nist.gov)

February 9, 2012

Factory Tour 101

By Jennifer Wilson February 9, 2012

As a kid, I was never really into wondering how stuff was made or where it came from (which I probably why I’m in marketing & not manufacturing, but I digress) – I’d like to blame myHow It's Made lack of curiosity on my parents and after reading about the Top 10 Cool U.S. Factory Tours, I may have a pretty good case against them.

Our family vacations were always fun, exotic and a mixture of stress/rest so I can’t blame my parents too much… I did have amazing vactions! Now, I’m on the look-out for more than beautiful beaches! Working with TMAC has opened my eyes to how “stuff” is made  and even though I’ve been on a handful of plant tours (all of which were ah-mazing!) since I started here - it seems like a great way to spend some down-time too.

Do you…

Have a sweet tooth? Visit the Jelly Belly Factory in Fairfield, California!

Have a need for speed? Visit the Bowling Green Assembly Plant in Bowling Green, Kentucky!

Are you…

A country boy (or girl)? See the John Deere Pavilion in Moline, Illinois and experience equipment past and present!

Baseball fans, Artists, Aviators and Dentisits Coca-Cola Addicts can each experience their favorite brands from behind the scenes. Don’t see anything that peaks your interest? Check out the Watch It Made in the USA website for their suggestions and if you decide you’d rather not brave the crowds – you can always tune in to the Science Channel and catch up on episodes of “How It’s Made“!

What are your favorite factories to tour?

January 17, 2012

Top 10 reasons to attend the 2012 Texas Manufacturers Summit

By Jennifer Wilson January 17, 2012

Manufacturing is an exceedingly important industry sector in our state – maintaining our strength is a key economic driver. We’ve rewritten the rules regarding ROI on conferences. Gone are the days when you spent three days out of the office only to return with fragments of useful information. Join us this coming February for an informative day of learning that impacts every facet of your business!

  1. Competitive advantage. You need to figure out how to evolve your business and this Summit is an important gathering for people like you – people figuring out how to make their business succeed in challenging times.
  2. See all the best tools in one place. You will meet with established leaders, Texas resources and creative innovators to find the right tools and technologies to take your business to the next level.
  3. Real-world solutions to your real-world problems. Summit sessions and keynote presentations are designed to highlight how forward-thinking users are accessing current and new technologies to drive change in their organizations.
  4. Stay ahead of the curve. Leaders who understand how to be collaborative, flexible and transparent will be the most sought-after employers.
  5. Topnotch Keynote Speakers. Dr. F. Barry Lawrence, Director, Industrial Distribution Program at Texas A&M University System; Representative Joe Straus, Speaker of the House and Mr. Richard Fisher, President & Chief Executive Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.
  6. Breakout Sessions. Three tracks: Mix and match or stick with one track all day! Choose from informative tracks on Policy & Regulatory Issues, The Business of Manufacturing, and Innovation & Growth during four sessions.
  7. Case studies from experts detailing practical advice and best practices for all manufacturers, large, medium and small.
  8. Meet & Greet. Network with fellow senior-level manufacturers and manufacturing support organizations in an interactive environment throughout the Summit.
  9. Exhibitors. Visit Summit exhibitors for a taste of the latest and greatest resources and technologies to support your manufacturing operations.
  10. We’ll be there – of course! TMAC is a proud sponsor of this important inaugural event. Join us for the Welcome Reception on February 14th and stop by our booth and breakout sessions during the Summit on the 15th. But don’t wait! Registration ends soon!

Planning on attending? Use #txmfgsummit2012 on Twitter and share the event on LinkedIn and Facebook.

July 11, 2011

Have the next great “green” product idea?

By Jennifer Wilson July 11, 2011

Greenovation Logo

If you do, then enter a Greenovation Contest, a competition that encourages companies to pursue the development of green product concepts. This Greenovation Contest offers DFW area companies an opportunity to win a grand prize package of services that will help winners take a green product idea and turn it into a real product.

More information about the contest visit http://greenovationcontest.com/.

Dates and prize package information coming soon!  Stay tuned!

January 11, 2011

Spreading Holiday Cheer at Neiman Marcus

By Jennifer Wilson January 11, 2011

Dr. Raul Fernandez and his TMAC team were invited to collaborate with the Neiman Marcus’ downtown Dallas Flagship visual display team for the 2010 Holiday Windows.  Located at the Automation & Robotics Research Institute at UT Arlington, the team worked on the interactive parts of the display. In 2007, the main display window featured UT Arlington robots in a futuristic display.

December 3, 2010

Training Within Industry (TWI) Webinar

By Jennifer Wilson December 3, 2010
Rosie the Riviter

Image by ckowalik via Flickr

Last month, TMACer Pat Boutier, presented a webinar overview on the topic of Training Within Industry (TWI). For those of you who may have missed the presentation or were unable to attend, we’d like to give you the opportunity to view the recorded webinar.

If you were able to attend the webinar and would like a copy of the slides used in the presentation you can download them here.

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