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How to Attract Millennials to Work for Your Manufacturing Business

The skills gap is a well-known, widespread dilemma across the manufacturing industry. Now that the gap is a mainstream problem, what are the steps industry leaders can take to solve it? The next generation can fill the 2.7 million or so manufacturing jobs that will be vacated by retirees within the next ten years, as […]

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Astro Machine Works records its biggest participation in National Manufacturing Week

This year we expanded our tours for National Manufacturing Day to 4 days and 5 separate tours.  Our intent, as explained by Eric Blow, Pres of Astro Machine Works, is to change the perception of manufacturing that both students and parents may have about careers in this field.  Careers in Machining, Fabrication, Welding, Assembly and […]

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The Difference Between CNC Machining and 3D Printing

As technology advances and revolutionizes engineering and machinery, you want to know you’re using the best equipment and leading your business forward. Some of these advancements are in computer numeric control (CNC) machining and 3D printing. They both work with different materials. But which one is best for your needs? CNC machining and 3D printing […]

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Revisiting National Manufacturing Week, October 2nd-6th

Here at Astro Machine Works, we’re excited to be gearing up for National Manufacturing Day. This year National Manufacturing Day is the entire first week of October. The week brings attention to modern-day manufacturing, the many jobs available, and discussions relevant to the industry. National Manufacturing Day 2017 In 2012 there were 240 companies participating […]

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Manufacturers Seek to Mend the Skills Gap

Working in U.S. manufacturing has certain specialized skills compared to other professions; a background in STEM education is helpful in obtaining skills such as instruction in working with machinery and specialized equipment and creative problem-solving skills. A shortage of applicants meeting these qualifications has created a skills gap within the country. Now, many manufacturing companies […]

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U.S. Manufacturing Expands at Fastest Rate in Three Years!

Manufacturing is growing in the United States, and doing so at a faster pace than has been seen since 2014. Here at Astro Machine Works, we want to share the good news with our existing and future customers. The 2017 Surge in the U.S. Manufacturing Industry Bloomberg recently reported a 57.7 reading of the Institute […]

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Astro Machine Works Plans Additional Expansion for More Capacity

Astro Machine Works, located in Ephrata PA, continues to grow and expand to meet customer demand. We will be adding an additional 10,125 feet to our current building #2 in order to expand our Machining, Fabrication and Welding Capacities. This additional space will be split into two 62.5’ wide x 81’ long sections with 30’ […]

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The Manufacturing Industry Celebrates U.S. Made July 4th!

America claimed independence from England on July 4, 1776, and since then Americans have celebrated July 4th each year as a remembrance of this historic event. Although a draft to claim independence was given to five men, the original draft was penned by Thomas Jefferson. It did go through several small changes and markups, but […]

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Astro Honors National Safety Month With Year Long Initiatives

June is here, bringing with it — National Safety Month — an annual event organized by the National Safety Council to raise awareness of workplace safety. During National Safety Month, the National Safety Council publishes a wide range of educational information — including articles, checklists, and comprehensive safety guidelines — to help companies across all […]

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What Is CNC Machining? An Overview of the CNC Machining Process

CNC machining is a manufacturing process in which pre-programmed computer software dictates the movement of factory tools and machinery. The process can be used to control a range of complex machinery, from grinders and lathes to mills and routers. With CNC machining, three-dimensional cutting tasks can be accomplished in a single set of prompts. Short […]

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