Above and beyond anything else - including your bottom line - factory safety should be your No. 1 concern as an organization.
Almost every part of the country is unaffordable to live in for people making the minimum wage.
In recent months, some of the indicators of activity for the whole of the manufacturing industry have been mixed at best.
While many companies put a high priority on safety, some in the manufacturing sector still may not go far enough to properly protect their workers from accidents and injuries.
Nearly every New England state has made the decision in recent years to increase their minimum wages sharply, with New Hampshire being the sole outlier.
One of the most effective ways to make your factory more efficient and, in doing so, improve your bottom line is to make sure your employees are giving it their all.
While many states have enjoyed a bit of a manufacturing renaissance in recent years, there are several where the industry could still stand to make larger improvements.
Like many states, Florida has been dealing with a long-simmering discussion about the importance of raising the minimum wage for years.
More states in the Northeastern U.S. have been proactive about raising their minimum wages in recent years, and Connecticut is one that followed through on the new trend.
While the manufacturing business as a whole today is doing much better than it was a decade ago, there are some areas for concern among companies in the sector.
Almost every state in the Northeast has voted to increase their minimum wages in recent years, with the two exceptions being New Hampshire and Pennsylvania.
When you're running a manufacturing operation, there's little that should be more important to you than keeping machines on the production line in good working order.
Over the past few months, the wear and tear on the manufacturing industry wrought by the U.S.-China "trade war" finally came to bear.
Often, even when a state votes to raise its minimum wage significantly, the effects are not felt evenly.
When you want to make sure your factory operations run as smoothly as possible, you have to first make sure you have the right people onboard.
A factory can be a dangerous place to work if companies and employees alike don't have a strong commitment to safety.
Pennsylvania is the last state in the entire Northeast that still has no minimum wage of its own, instead abiding by the federal level of just $7.25 per hour.
When manufacturing companies are working on improving their processes, there may be simultaneous information overload and an uncertainty about what data is going to be most effective.
One of the most important aspects of running a manufacturing business is the ability to make sure your employees - and operations as a whole - are able to keep up with the industry's modern demands.
When you're trying to get a little bit more out of your manufacturing operations, there's actually more good news than you may think.