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Annual Manufacturing Industry Review at Astro Machine Works

2017 has been a year of growth, both here at Astro Machine Works and within the manufacturing industry at large. It has been one of the strongest years yet; we proudly expanded our facility, attended well-known industry trade shows, supported National Manufacturing Day. In addition to all that, we continue to recognize and support industry specific issues such as the skills gap, STEM education, women in manufacturing, and reshoring.

Our team continually addresses the skills gap as a topic of interest, whether through physical participation in events like National Manufacturing Day/Week, or our business blog posts, Twitter feed, and LinkedIn stories. Companies across the nation have the potential to be affected by reduced skilled laborers. As industry leaders, we are responsible for spreading knowledge about how plentiful and fulfilling manufacturing positions and trade jobs are. The millennial generation alone can fill the 2.7 million or so manufacturing jobs that will be vacated by retirees within the next ten years. We’re working hard to show potential recruits about the benefits and long-lasting stability of manufacturing careers. One of our favorite sayings is, “It’s not your grandad’s factory anymore!” Manufacturing is offering more STEM-related careers as the industry continues to develop rapidly with industrial technology. Wondering how you can attract millennial talent to your manufacturing business? Take a look at our most recent blog. Plus, we’ve answer questions about the gender gap and why women are an asset for the future of manufacturing.

Another important topic sweeping the nation is reshoring. Over the summer, we turned our attention to Made in the U.S. for July 4th.  The Made in America Movement, or American Made Matters Movement, supports U.S. made products throughout the states. Revisit our June post to learn about three incredible organizations making history within the movement and how we can imitate their efforts as a successful advantage for the field.

USDOE is another driving force for industry topics such as energy. The U.S. Department of Energy began this trade show to build on its mission for a prosperous and safe America. Efforts surround enhancement and retention of the nation’s energy independence, while welcoming new approaches to engineering, science, and strengthening nuclear security. The workshops, exhibits, sessions, and speeches each aligned with their pursuits and provided ways for contractors and businesses in the energy industry to connect with the DOE’s offices and programs.

Our engineers and project managers also helped in messaging Industry trends. This past year we took an in-depth look at CNC machining and 3D printing. “From their building methods to what applications they can handle, CNC machining and 3D printing offer creative solutions in vastly different ways.  Finding out their differences and strengths will help you find which one is right for you and your business.” You can learn about their differences today. The knowledge and skills our team employs will continue to support in Astro Machine’s expansion.

For over three decades, Astro Machine Works has shown commitment to our loyal customer base and the manufacturing industry. We’re happy to help you manufacture custom machinery and precision parts for industries like medical, pharmaceutical, energy, food processing, government, aerospace electronics/semiconductors, telecommunications, packaging, and general manufacturing.

We’d like to thank you all for another great year and wish you and yours a very happy holiday season. We look forward to speaking with you in 2018!

For any questions, please contact us today.

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