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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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Welcoming the “Golden Era:” STEM, the Skills Gap, and Women in Manufacturing

The manufacturing landscape has been fairly dramatic over the past few years. With reshoring becoming a reality and a trend of consequence, conjectures have abounded. Will manufacturing reclaim its stronghold? Will its contribution to the GDP rise? While there are no definitive answers or fool proof estimates, one thing is crystal clear. In order to […]

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The Annual Forecast at Astro Machine Works

2017 is here, and at Astro Machine Works our team is eager to hit the ground running for our customers in the new year. We are starting off strong with all of the enhancements that were implemented in 2016 in place. Today, we have the benefit of a larger space for our assembly, grinding and […]

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Astro Machine Works Makes Strides Throughout 2016

Throughout our three decades of experience, Astro Machine has been committed to strengthening communication with our customers and delivering the highest-quality parts and services. As we enter the holiday season and the year comes to a close, we’d like to take a look back at the strides we’ve made in 2016. We kicked off the […]

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American Made Really Does Matter

Manufacturing has been a hot topic lately, with much scrutiny on the economy, jobs, and skills.   At Astro Machine,  we have spent the last 30 years manufacturing precision parts with our American workforce in Ephrata, PA. In order to highlight American made goods and showcase American manufacturers, one organization is working tirelessly to educate consumers […]

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