Weekly Wrap Up For December 10th, 2021

Dr. Chris Kuehl, Managing Partner with Armada Corporate Intelligence, discusses the Credit Manager’s Index.


CHIPS actCommerce Secretary Urges House to Pass CHIPS Act

Last June, the Senate passed the highly anticipated and bi-partisan U.S. Innovation and Competition Act, which included important legislation known as the CHIPS Act. Now, as the bill remains stalled in the House of Representatives, officials in the Biden administration are urging lawmakers to act. (Read More)


Chinese ManufacturingChinese Manufacturing Rebounds as Power Shortages Decrease

In recent months, nations around the globe have been struggling due to supply chain constraints. China in particular was in the middle of a serious energy shortage, which had drastic results on their productivity. Now, new reports seem to indicate the world’s largest manufacturer is starting to rebound. (Read More)


where has the labor goneWhere Has All The Labor Gone?

Labor shortages exist in almost every industry across the U.S., from major corporations to the smallest mom-and-pop shops.  It is not unique to the U.S.  as companies in most developed countries of the world have the same issue.  Covid was not only a health pandemic, it was the catalyst that changed the way people looked at work.  And when countries across the globe shut down businesses en masse, or restricted activities to working remotely, the psychological mindset of employees changed forever. (Read More)


Most people have heard that women are 51% of the U.S. population and only 27% of employees in manufacturing, but there is so much more to this story than a few statistics. To bring the story to life, Jacket Media Co., broadcasters of Manufacturing Talk Radio, created The WAM Podcast, where empowered women interview empowered women who can share their experiences and encourage women to look across the broad landscape of manufacturing, from the shop floor to the C-Suite, and the expanse of jobs and careers in between, to learn more about this exciting sector of the U.S. economy, and what it might hold for them.

Never before has the manufacturing industry been in such an accelerated state of change, from retirees leaving the workforce, creating a serious skills gap and brain drain, to the implementation of the technological innovations of modern manufacturing, often referred to as Industry 4.0, or the 4th Industrial Revolution. The hosts of The WAM Podcast are all successful women in their own right, who interview women who are in the midst of a successful career in the industry and their respective companies, providing the guests with an opportunity to give guidance, insight, and inspiration to women who may or may not have considered a career in the industry, from teenagers just beginning to think about their career path to women in the industry or in transition in their own professional lives.

The subject matter of the interviews will cover the spectrum of unique challenges that any woman might face in the workplace or the industry, from the success and accomplishments of women in the shop floor to the C-suite, to executive management and labor unions, and to educational and governmental institutions. Each will share their thoughts in congenial, collegiate conversations with alternating hosts. Hosts will also tease out insights through guest introspection, along with suggestions and recommendations from guests to listeners about navigating the manufacturing and business industries…

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