Weekly Wrap Up for March 1st, 2019

Ultra Consultants, founded by CEO Jeff Carr, helps companies select and implement manufacturing ERP and distribution software across numerous verticals to improve their competitive position and overall business performance. Using Mint Jutras and lead researcher Cindy Jutras, an independent research and advisory firm that specializes in analyzing the business impact of enterprise applications, Ultra Consultants conducted a survey to shake the myth of ERP System implementations being less than successful. Lew Weiss and Tim Grady are excited to discuss these results in this episode of Manufacturing Talk Radio.

Here Are Some Of This Week’s Top Stories In Manufacturing

sikorskySikorsky Partners With CPI Aerostructures in New Assembly Deal

CPI Aerostructures announced a new partnership with Sikorsky worth nearly $1 million. While the specifics of the deal are still unavailable, what is known is that CPI Aerostructures will manufacture structural interior components for one of Sikorsky’s helicopters. (Read More)


In this episode, Tim Gill, Chief Economist of the American Iron and Steel Institute, provides wide-ranging analysis on the market, structural, and public policy issues impacting the U.S. steel industry. Tim illuminates the short-term and long-term output growth picture. He also discusses product and process innovation, market concentration, and the steel industry workforce. In the final part of the interview, Tim discusses the impacts of tariffs and trade tensions.

Tarrifs overEnd To Tariffs Appears Near As Trade Deal With China Looms

In typical fashion, President Trump announced via Twitter on Sunday evening that he would delay additional tariffs on Chinese goods. The tweet read, in part, “I am pleased to report that the U.S. has made substantial progress in our trade talks with China on important structural issues including intellectual property protection, technology transfer, agriculture, services, currency, and many other issues.” The tariffs in question, which were to take effect at 12:01 AM ET on Saturday, would have increased the tariffs on over $200 billion in Chinese goods from 10% to 25%. (Read More)

Women And Manufacturing

This week on WAM’s edition of Full Time With Amy Nicklaus, Amy sits down with the President and Founder of Made Here New York, Karyn Villante, who shares her story about getting back into the clothing manufacturing industry after taking some time off and about the importance of localized sourcing and production.