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…
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 my 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.
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!
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?
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!
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!
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.
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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