Articles Tagged with ''general business''

Majority of Manufacturers Planning or Considering Reshoring from China to U.S.

October 2, 2013
More than half of U.S.-based manufacturing executives at companies with sales greater than $1 billion are planning to bring back production to the U.S. from China or are actively considering it.
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Creating an Employee Engagement Culture

Employee engagement begins with individual activity.
October 1, 2013

The improved business performance benefits resulting from employee engagement have been documented by many studies. Engaged employees go beyond what is required, find new ways to reduce costs or increase value, and are willing advocates for their companies.


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Inside CI: Crow a Little

Whether you’re a traditional or technical ceramic manufacturer, glass producer or brick maker, Ceramic Industry is here to help you crow a little about your accomplishments.
October 1, 2013

I was walking our three dogs and our foster dog on a recent Saturday morning when a woman pulled up in a car and asked if I was a professional dog walker. This happens to me fairly often.


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Owens Corning Named to Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

September 16, 2013
For the fourth year in a row, Owens Corning has been placed in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World) for its sustainability initiatives.
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Ferro Expects Increased 2015 Earnings Following Procurement Standardization Program

September 12, 2013
As part of Ferro’s value creation strategy, the company is initiating a comprehensive program to transform the way indirect spend is managed, improving procurement effectiveness and reducing costs.
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Coming Face-to-Face with Facebook and Twitter

Social networking sites provide both challenges and opportunities for today’s manufacturers.
September 3, 2013

Whether you are into social networking or not, its popularity cannot be denied. In October 2012, Facebook hit one billion active users.


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IP in Depth: What Happens to Abandoned Patent Applications?

Roughly 85% of all new patent applications are rejected in first Office actions.
September 3, 2013

Whether the process is performed by an independent inventor or a corporate entity that regularly files U.S. patent applications, having a patent application(s) drafted, filed, and prosecuted involves a substantial investment in invention development time and costs, as well as legal expenses. An additional emotional investment is often based on the hope that pursuing and protecting the invention(s) will result in financial rewards.


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Micromanaging vs. Coaching

Micromanaging is a tactic, not a style.
August 7, 2013

One of the greatest misunderstandings in leadership and coaching is the term micromanaging. Most leaders never want to be thought of as a micromanager. In fact, many leaders consider such a designation to be an insult or a weakness. When micromanaging is used as a coaching or leadership style, it will most likely deliver bad results, stifle creativity, limit employees’ self-worth and inhibit productivity.


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Value Stream Mapping: A Tool for Process Improvement

Value stream mapping is a useful visualization tool for improving manufacturing processes.
August 7, 2013

Continuous improvement is at the top of the to-do list for manufacturers in process and discrete manufacturing companies. Industries continually look for ways to improve quality, increase output, meet customer demand, and provide innovations to set their products and processes apart from the competition.


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Glass Works: Glass Bottle Recycling Benefits and Barriers

While consumers clearly know that glass is 100% recyclable, they need to have confidence that the important action they take to recycle glass bottles will result in new glass containers.
August 6, 2013

A new U.S. survey of just over 4,000 adults finds that 65% “strongly agree” or “agree” that glass bottles are 100% recyclable, and 73% always or usually recycle whatever they can.


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