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Astro Machine Assesses the 2018 Manufacturing Industry Outlook

The manufacturing industry saw steady growth at the end of 2017. With 2018 here, what should our sector expect to see in the upcoming months? An Evaluation of Industry Growth Expectations of growth in 2018 will pertain to sectors such as medical, pharmaceutical, food processing, government, aerospace, electronics, telecommunications, packaging, general manufacturing, and more. More […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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It’s Not Your Grandad’s Factory Anymore: Tech Takes a Front Seat on the Factory Floor

When some people think of manufacturing, they imagine what it once looked like years ago. Since that time, the industry has changed, and it is no longer what is typically perceived. In the past few decades, there have been incredible improvements and technological advances. Frequently one hears,  “America was built on manufacturing,” and those of […]

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The Countdown to USDOE 2017 Is On!

Check your calendar for the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE)’s conference in May. This year will mark the 16th annual Small Business Forum & Expo organized by the DOE’s Office of Small & Disadvantaged Business Utilization, and we are proud to be an exhibitor at the Kansas City event. Origins of the DOE’s Small Business […]

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The U.S. Manufacturing Industry is Still Going Strong

Paying close attention to the Institute for Supply Management’s monthly report helps top industry leaders analyze how well the manufacturing sector does. It is the leading indicator of commerce, providing an insight into overall performance. Although the manufacturing industry has dipped in the past, it is clearly gaining speed. Bloomberg’s recent reporting on the ISM […]

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