Weekly Wrap Up For July 22nd, 2022

Dr. Chris Kuehl, Managing Partner of The Flagship Reports, discusses the current economic currents swirling around in business, industry, and manufacturing, and whether or not there is peril in the waters ahead.


America’s only builder of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and leading provider of mission-driven defense technologies, announced today that its Newport News Shipbuilding division has reached a significant milestone in the compartment and systems construction of aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy (CVN 79). (Read More)

California manufacturingCalifornia Ranks as Largest Contributor to U.S. Manufacturing Industry

A new report released this week has revealed that California remains the largest contributor to the U.S. manufacturing industry in terms of both employment and output. This is in spite of the state’s famously high cost of living. (Read More)

recessionThe odds of recession are rising, but the U.S. economy is not doomed to a downturn

High inflation and rising interest rates are slamming the brakes on U.S. growth, economists say, but there’s still a narrow chance to avoid a second recession in three years. (Read More)


While manufacturers are increasingly engaged in at least some level of social media participation, many are not optimizing it to reach their fullest potential! Today, Fran Brunelle sits down with Lauren LaDell, a.k.a. The Spindle Chick, to talk about why social media matters for manufacturing companies. Lauren is the National Sales Manager at Motor City Spindle Repair, a 25,000 square-foot spindle remanufacturing and ball screw manufacturing facility in Dearborn, Michigan, that specializes in motorized CNC spindle repair for HMC/VMCs, turning centers, grinding machines, and other precision spindle applications. With over 20,000 followers on Instagram and more than 14,000 on TikTok, Lauren sure knows how to leverage the power of social media! In this episode, she outlines some of the benefits manufacturers can get from social media, from LinkedIn to TikTok, and we touch on finding the right balance between relatable and professional content, how to boost your engagement, and more. Lauren also shares her top tips and ideas for the types of content that manufacturers can post, so make sure not to miss this thought-provoking discussion with The Spindle Chick, Lauren LaDell!

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