Archive for Manufacturers Alliance Newsletter

MA Insider July 2018, published on July 19th, 2018

Meet Peer Group Facilitator Jason Eccles
Leader Standard Work: The Essential Tool for Driving CI Culture
Price Cutting Effect on Volume
Bridging The Sales/Operations Gap: Four Steps to Gain Sales & Customer Buy-In For Implementing Manufacturing Process Improvements
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider May 2018, published on May 17th, 2018

2018 Manufacturer of the Year Awards-EDCO Products
2018 Manufacturer of the Year Awards-Design Ready Controls
2018 Manufacturer of the Year Awards-Uponor North America
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider March 2018, published on March 15th, 2018

New Toyota Kata Coaching Workshop
Lessons from Creating a Replenishment System
The Benefits of Background Screening: Better Safe than Sorry
Retaining Sales Talent
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider January 2018, published on January 18th, 2018

More in Store for Members in 2018
Peer Group Member - Steven J. Van Wiel
OSHA at the Door
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider November 2017, published on November 16th, 2017

MA Advisory Board Member-Michael Verdon, MGS
Gemba Walks
Buying a Hybrid Employee: Using Salary Data When Your Employees Wear Multiple Hats
Starting Meetings
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider September 2017, published on September 21st, 2017

HR Insights-Andrea Leet, GN ReSound
Building a Team-Based Kaizen Culture
Technical Managers: The 5 Key Interview Questions You Should Ask to Identify Top Performers
Improving Your Healthcare Plan
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider July 2017, published on July 20th, 2017

Lean Leader - Adriana Knox, Tru Vue
Start Where You Are
Engaging Your Workforce in Daily Improvements
Use Video to Communicate Your Vision
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider May 2017, published on May 17th, 2017

2017 Manufacturer of the Year Awards
Takt Time the Forgotten Principle of Lean Manufacturing
Manufacturer Goes from 0 to 1.5MM SKUs Online
Understanding Your Value as a Tenant
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider March 2017, published on March 15th, 2017

Lean Leader - Dave Westphal, MGK
The End vs the Means
Meet Tammi Dorion
Book Review - "The Big Burn"
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider January 2017, published on January 18th, 2017

More in Store for Members in 2017
Building a Team-Based Kaizen Culture
Much Ado About Drones
Taking the Business Development Process through to an Order
High School Internships Can Create a Pipeline of Talent for Manufacturers
Business Owner Transition: Are you Prepared?
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider November 2016, published on November 16th, 2016

Lean Leader - Dale Walker, Le Sueur Incorporated
"Voice of the Customer" Defines Value
HR Insight - Amy Crews, Dynamic Group
Are You Prepared for the Pay Data Battle?
Short Circuiting the Sales Process
Drug Screening in the Manufacturing Environment
Ask the IP Attorney
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider September 2016, published on September 15th, 2016

Zero Zone
Sustainment Systems
Premier Innovator of Farm Tools for Women in Africa: a local nonprofit organization lifts families out of hunger and poverty
Making a Sales Call Relevant
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider August 2016, published on August 17th, 2016

HR Insights-Kelly Hansen, Park Industries
Creating a Sustainable Continuous Improvement Culture
EOS IDS: 4 Ways Leadership Teams Can Improve Effectiveness
The Key Partnering Attribute Sought of Manufacturers by their Channel Partners
Ask The IP Attorney
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider July 2016, published on July 20th, 2016

Lean Leader - Kevin Nordick, ReSound
What to Do and What Not to Do When Building a Lean Culture
Ask The IP Attorney
Want An Edge? Take Employee Morale Pulse More Often
Cloud Computing as a Part of IT Strategy
Century College Engineering and Fab Lab – A Center for Makers and Innovators
The Key Partnership Distributor Attribute
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider June 2016, published on June 15th, 2016

HR Insights - Amy Karrow, Engineered Products Company
The 3 Components of Successful Continuous Improvement
MA Advisory Board - Tim Keran, Altus Business Advisors
Ask the IP Attorney
IC-DISC: The U.S. Exporter's Dream
Commercial and Industrial Degreasing
Is the Industrial Real Estate Market Primed for a Slowdown?
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider May 2016, published on May 18th, 2016

Understanding Hacking And Social Engineering
An Export Channel For New Exporters
How Visible Are You?
Ask The IP Attorney
Companies Built On Purpose: Unify Everyone
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider April 2016, published on April 20th, 2016

2016 Manufacturer of Year
Ask The IP Attorney
Michelle’s Temp-To-Hire In Manufacturing Experience
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider March 2016, published on March 16th, 2016

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
Researching and Finding Overseas Distributors
Ask The IP Attorney
Process Automation: The Next Step to Smoother Manufacturing
Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS)
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider February 2016, published on February 17th, 2016

HR Insights - Lisa Kraft-Kujawa, Schwing America
Ask The IP Attorney
Leaders Alliance CRO Peer Group Update
Understanding Your Value As A Tenant
Lessons From The UK About Global Business Agreements
Brainstorming
B2B Product Development In Your EOS Enterprise
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider January 2016, published on January 20th, 2016

Lean Leader: John Sachen-Computype, Inc.
Rapid Talent Acquisition and Deployment
Ask The IP Attorney
Engineering Studies: Why They Could Be The Best Thing You Do For Your Plant In 2016
Hiring Successful Sales People
Building Companies on Purpose
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider December 2015, published on December 16th, 2015

More in Store for Members in 2016
Reduce New Product Development Costs and Risks
Six Ways to Keep Good Employees in a Tough Labor Market
Minnesota Firms Go To MEDICA
Are the Hidden Costs of MRO Hurting You More Than Your Prices?
Sale/Leaseback – What Is It and Is It Right For You?
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider November 2015, published on November 18th, 2015

Leaders Alliance-Katherine Syverson, Lubrication Technologies
HR Insights-Rick Singerhouse, Andersen Corporation
Meet MA Instructor-Judy Hartley, Judy Hartley & Associates
Ask The IP Attorney
How NOT To Grow Your Company
Stay Ahead Of The Pack With Price Transparency
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider October 2015, published on October 14th, 2015

Lean Leader: Greg Pribyl, Tennant Company
Travel Tags: Taking Mass Customization to an Extreme
Set Your Vision And Strengthen Your Resolve
Ask The IP Attorney
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider September 2015, published on September 16th, 2015

Leaders Alliance-Deanna Comeau, TURCK, Incorporated
Look Outside to Develop Inside Talent
HR Insights-Kari Rosand Scanlon
How to Protect Yourself and Your Partners: The Value of a Properly Funded Buy-Sell Agreement
Noise-Induced Hearing Loss: An Invisible - But Costly Injury
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider August 2015, published on August 19th, 2015

Lean Leader: Jeri Betsinger, Sign-Zone, Inc.
Companies Built on Purpose
Why Manufacturers Should Treat Digital Marketing Like Their Plant Floor
How to RE-THINK your IT: Why Having the Right Technology Partner Matters
Minnesota Diversified Industries: A Business With A Purpose
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider July 2015, published on July 15th, 2015

Leaders Alliance-Ron Windingstad, Mate Precision Tooling
Giving Effective Feedback in Challenging Situations
HR Insights-Erica Amévo, Uponor North America
Finding the VALUE of "Value Add" Technology: How Much is 'Cool' Worth?
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider June 2015, published on June 18th, 2015

Lean Leader: Scott Gustin, Starkey Hearing Technologies
How One Manufacturer Dramatically Increased Customer Satisfaction
Clearfield: Keeping Critical Processes Close
Is Low Price a Sustainable Marketing Strategy?
Partnering with Habitat for Humanity to Build a Better Twin Cities
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider May 2015, published on May 20th, 2015

Leaders Alliance-Gerry Huber, DSI
New 2015 Employer IRS & Health Care Reform (ACA) Compliance Requirements
HR Insights-Tia Bannwart, Reell Precision Manufacturing
Is Exporting Right for Your Manufacturing Company? - Part 2
To Quote or Not to Quote? Part One-Common Consumables
Strategic Planning: To Do or Not to Do?
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider April 2015, published on April 16th, 2015

2015 Manufacturer of the Year
Competition for Talent has returned: Are your Compensation and Benefit practices providing your organization an advantage?
Spring Scholarship Winner!
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider March 2015, published on March 19th, 2015

Leaders Alliance-John Kroll, Midwest Rubber Service and Supply Company
HR Insights-Erin Jauert, Sil-Pro, LLC
Transform An Unhappy Customer Into Your Strongest Promoter: Why NPS Works
Is Exporting Right for Your Manufacturing Company? - Part 1
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider February 2015, published on February 19th, 2015

Lean Leader of the Month-Matt Graetz
Machine Safety Management: Because Every Machine Injury Is Preventable
Gear Up for Better Results! Blue Ocean Innovation
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider January 2015, published on January 15th, 2015

Recruitment is a Process
HR Insights-Curt Jasper, E.J. Ajax & Sons, Inc.
Benefits to Consistent Cash Flow
Leaders Alliance-Randy Marttinen, Industrial Door Company
MN Economic Outlook by Dr. Ernest Goss
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MA Insider December 2014, published on December 18th, 2014

MGK - A Culture of Safety
Gear Up for Better Results: Leadership
The Search for Qualified Employees
More in Store for Members in 2015
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider November 2014, published on November 20th, 2014

HR Insights: Phil Boeke - ActivStyle
Expensive Silence
100% Autonomy in Exchange for 100% Accountability. It’s the New Employee Agreement.
The Job Market is Changing. Are You Ready?
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider October 2014, published on October 23rd, 2014

MN Economic Outlook
Lean Leader of the Month-Lorena Kay Grimm
Bermo's Lean Journey: It's All About Lead Time
Gear up for Better Results! Part 2
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MA Insider September 2014, published on September 18th, 2014

What Do Your Product Costing Issues Really Cost Your Company?
MN Economic Outlook
Turbocharge Your Innovation Project With Lean LaunchPad
Learning and Development an HR Perspective by Amy Valek
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MA Insider August 2014, published on August 21st, 2014

South of the Border - Why Outsourcing to Mexico Makes Sense
Rapid Margin Improvement Through Capitalizing on Data: 100 Day Margin Improvement Program
Gear Up For Better Results
Featured Member Company - ProMed Molded Products "Molding for Life"
Why Read Business Books?
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider July 2014, published on July 17th, 2014

Lean Leader of the Month-Bob Whittenberger-Wilson Tool
The Game-Changer -- How and When Outsiders Can Help Create It
Discovering and Protecting Innovation within Your Company, Part II
Legal Changes in Minnesota Affecting Your Business
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider June 2014, published on June 19th, 2014

Lean Leader of the Month-Mary Kay McVey-CES Group
Money Money Money Makes the World Go Round: Accessing Capital - Part 2
Packnet Ltd.: Solving Customer’s Packaging Challenges
Book Review - "The Invisible Gorilla – How Our Intuitions Deceive Us"
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider May 2014, published on May 15th, 2014

MN Economic Outlook
Money Money Money Makes the World Go Round: Accessing Capital - Part 1
Playfully Shaping an Employee-Focused Culture
Lean Leader of the Month-Rhonda Silbaugh-Saputo Dairy Foods, US
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MA Insider April 2014, published on April 17th, 2014

MN Economic Outlook
Book Review- "What Matters Now – How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation"
2014 Manufacturer of Year
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MA Insider March 2014, published on March 20th, 2014

Discovering and Protecting Innovation within Your Company, Part I
Featured Company: Continental Machines
The Heart of the Corporate Culture
Internet Marketing Self Audit
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider February 2014, published on February 20th, 2014

Book Review- "Joy, Inc. – How We Built a Workplace People Love"
Internet Marketing Self Audit
HR Insights- Kim Blievernicht- Metro Mold
Five Indispensable Reports Used by Successful Businesses
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider January 2014, published on January 23rd, 2014

Lean Leader of the Month- Ed Polin- Central Package & Display
MN Economic Outlook
Top 4 Ways To Get The Most From Your Lender
Patent Trolls - Separating the Myth from Reality
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MA Insider December 2013, published on December 19th, 2013

3 Reasons You Need a Growth Leader
Book Review- The Checklist Manifesto- How to Get Things Right
More in Store for Members in 2014
Ask The Hiring Expert column; December 2013
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider November 2013, published on November 22nd, 2013

ASK THE HIRING EXPERT
Do you have a market survey compensation strategy?
You Can Do It: Making Improvements in the Front Office
Brazil: A Vibrant Market, Not a Low Cost Country!
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider Oct 2013, published on October 17th, 2013

MN Economic Outlook
Exports Equal $ales, $tability, $uccess - More Manufacturers Need to Think Outside the Border
Book Review- "Now You See It – How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn"
Coming Soon- Employment questions answered here!
Lean Leader of the Month: Patrick Soschnik with Coldspring
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MA Insider September 2013-2, published on September 19th, 2013

Lean Leader of the Month: Tina Roach
MN Economic Outlook
Don’t Just Measure Product, Control The Process Tool “Inputs”!
Your Manufacturing Company Has an Employment Brand – Is it the One You Want?
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MA Insider August 2013, published on August 15th, 2013

Getting a Grip on Change
Product Planning: The Little Guy’s Secret Advantage
Book Review -Shop Class as Soulcraft – An Inquiry into the Value of Work
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider July 2013, published on July 18th, 2013

To be or not to be - that person who accepted the counter-offer
Stop Throwing Out That Expensive Data!
MN Economic Outlook
HR Perspective
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MA Insider June 2013, published on June 20th, 2013

MN Economic Outlook
Book Review- Switch- How to Change Things When Change is Hard
Minco Learns to Listen So People will Talk
Collecting the Dots to Win at Innovation
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MA Insider May 2013, published on May 16th, 2013

Top Three Tips for Hiring Manufacturing Talent
Lean Leader of the Month: Gary Olson
MN Economic Outlook
DEED Unemployment Update
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MA Insider April 2013, published on April 18th, 2013

Effective Total Rewards Programs
MN Economic Outlook
Toyota Kata
2013 Manufacturer of The Year Winners
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MA Insider March 2013, published on March 21st, 2013

HR From the Outside In
Sales and Use Tax Audits on the Rise!
Lean Leader of the Month: David Badger
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Insider February 2013, published on February 21st, 2013

Are you at risk?
Book Review-"How to Measure Anything" – Douglas W. Hubbard
Why, when, and how to choose a coach for your leader
MN Economic Outlook
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January 2013, published on January 18th, 2013

More in store for members in 2013
Greening Your Supply Chain
Small Manufacturers Can Have Big Advantages in War for Talent
MN Economic Outlook
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MA Newsletter Dec 2012, published on December 19th, 2012

A New Year, a New Law: Patent Rights Under a First-to-File Regime
The Positive Impact Of Ergonomics On Productivity—From The Shop Floor To The Office
MN Economic Outlook
Book Review: Vested Outsourcing*
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November 2012, published on November 15th, 2012

Lean Leader of the Month: Rich Lessard
May you live in interesting times
Employee Wage Complaints & DOL Audits Continue to Rise
MN Manufacturing Economic Outlook
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October 2012, published on October 19th, 2012

OSHA Inspections- Are you prepared?
3 Ways to Improve Traffic to your Manufacturing Website
Book Review: The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs*
Manufacturers Alliance and University of Phoenix have teamed up
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Sept 2012, published on September 20th, 2012

Drug & Alcohol Testing in the Workplace
HR Insights Interview: Ann Peterson - Mate Precision Tooling
Level Your Purchasing Playing Field
MN Manufacturing Economic Outlook
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Aug, published on August 16th, 2012

Featured Company: Quality Ingredients Corporation
Book Review: Interactive Project Management Pixels, People, & Process*
Patent law changes can affect your business’ freedom to operate, even if you have no patents
Lean Champion of the Month: Kerry Barnard
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July 2012, published on July 19th, 2012

HR Insights Interview: Joy Recker with Banner Engineering
Decrease Job Board Spend With Search Engine Optimization
Professional Organizing for the Workplace
MN Manufacturing Economic Outlook
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June 2012, published on June 21st, 2012

Powder Metal Manufacturing: Fastest Growing Arm of Metal Production
Lean Champion of the Month: Kim Morales
Book Review: Lean Safety*
Manufacturers Still Likely To Hire in 2012
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May 2012, published on May 18th, 2012

Labor Law Update
Make the Most of Candidate Interviews
MN Manufacturing Economic Outlook
Top HR Challenges in 2012
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April 2012, published on April 19th, 2012

Manufacturer of the Year Award Winners
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do In Life and Business*
Manufacturing a Lean Benefits Strategy
MN Manufacturing Economic Outlook
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March 2012, published on March 15th, 2012

Lean Leader of the Month: Joe Molesky
Enforcing Your Core IP Rights to Further Your Business Goals
Health Care Reform Update
MN Manufacturing Economic Update
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Feb 2012, published on February 16th, 2012

Featured Company: Fiserv
Book Review: Mavericks at Work
HR Insights Interview: Ryan Rohwer with Eaton
MN Economic Report
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January 2012, published on January 19th, 2012

HR Insights Interview - Kim Larish
Lean for Sales - Maybe it’s time?
Four Generations of Succession
MN Manufacturing Economic Report
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December 2011, published on December 15th, 2011

More in Store for MA Members in 2012
Featured Company: Fabcon
Employers May Be Subject to Union “Quickie Elections” in 2012
Book Review: Great by Choice*
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November 2011 Issue, published on November 29th, 2011

MN Economic Outlook
Tips for Effectively Dealing with Current Business Environment
Passion and Pride at Pentair
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October 2011, published on October 20th, 2011

MN Manufacturing Economic Update
Book Review: The Innovator's DNA
DOL and IRS Announce Crack Down
Lean Leader of the Month
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Sept, published on September 22nd, 2011

Lease versus Buy – Considerations in the Decision
MN Manufacturing Economic Update
HR: Using social media to find qualified candidates
The Secrets of Winning Engagement and Sustaining Momentum
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August 2011, published on August 18th, 2011

Sales Forecasting vs. Poker
Lean Leader of the Month
Have you developed your ”Roadmap To Excellence”?
Employees Can Be Terminated for “Mere Gripes” on Social Networking Websites
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July 21 Newsletter, published on July 21st, 2011

8 Step Problem Solving at Lake Region Medical
Continuous Improvement Champion: Sara Theis
Secrets of Winning Engagement and Sustaining Momentum, Part 1
Book Review: Being the Boss
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June 2011 Issue, published on June 16th, 2011

Creatively Turn Regulatory Hurdles into a Marketing Differentiator
Business Succession Part 1: One Solution Does Not Fit All.
Supervisory Training for Manufacturers
Attracting and Retaining Employees: Key Challenge for 2011
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May 2011 Issue, published on May 26th, 2011

MN Manufacturing Economic Update
Healthcare Reform: What Every Business Needs to Know
Lean Leader of the Month: Mike Grengs
Avoiding Hiring Disasters
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April 2011, published on April 20th, 2011

Book Review: Gemba Walks
Slow Cars to Superstars
Fraud for Thought
2011 Manufacturer of the Year Winners!
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March 2011, published on March 18th, 2011

Lean Leader of the Month Interview: Bruce Roles
Have you developed your RTE "Roadmap To Excellence"?
Lean & Green: Team at PBG reduces facility’s energy use
MN Manufacturing Economic Update
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Februrary 2011, published on February 25th, 2011

MN Economic Business Condition
Lean Leader of the Month: Vicki Bentz
A Value-Added Medical Parts Manufacturer
TRIZ – Systematic Innovation for Problem Solving
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January 2011, published on January 21st, 2011

A Medical Device Manufacturer for Manufacturers
Book Review: Where Good Ideas Come From
The Times They are A-Changin’
Lean Leader Interview: Michael Ossanna
Minnesota Manufacturing Economic Outlook
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December, published on December 16th, 2010

There is Always More in Store for MA Members in 2011
Engagement and Retention: The Role of Assessments
Book Review: (Virtually) Stat Free Six Sigma: Focusing on Intent for Quick Results
MN Economic Business Condition
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November 2010, published on November 19th, 2010

The Value of Consumer Driven Health Plans
To hire or not to hire. That is the question.
Lean Leader of the Month: Mary Jo Kline
Book Review: Velocity*
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October 2010, published on October 18th, 2010

Musical Measurements
Changes to Form 1099 Reporting
Planning to Performance: Putting People and Execution back into your Projects
MN Economic Business Condition
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September 2010, published on September 24th, 2010

HR Leadership: The Need & Opportunities have never been Greater
Book Review: 7 Lessons for Leading in a Crisis*
Have you developed your RTE ”Roadmap To Excellence”?
MN Economic Business Condition
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August 2010, published on August 20th, 2010

Lifetime Income Options for Participants in Retirement Plans
A Long and Winding Road from Food Packaging to Nuclear Waste Disposal
Automating Flow Controls Saves Water and Money
MN Economic Outlook
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July 2010, published on July 15th, 2010

Book Review: Understanding A3 Thinking*
Providing Reference Checks in Minnesota
Lean Leader of the Month: Jolyne Cross
MN Economic Outlook
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June 2010, published on June 18th, 2010

Lean Goes Public
Water Plus Energy Conservation Equals Big Savings
Modularity – Does your Product Line have the Right “Gestalt”?
MN Economic Outlook
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May 2010, published on May 18th, 2010

MN Economic Outlook
Legal Column: The HIRE Act
Sales Focus: The Bankable Forecast
Book Review: Geeks and Geezers
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April 2010, published on April 16th, 2010

2010 Manufacturer of the Year Winners
Technical Plating Reduces Water Use, Avoids SAC
Employee Assessment Tools – What you need to know!
MN Economic Outlook
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March 2010, published on March 22nd, 2010

Book Review: Authentic Leadership
Employee Compensation Shows Signs of Life for 2010
MnTAP Goes to Northern Star Company
MN Economic Outlook
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February 2010, published on February 19th, 2010

Featured Member: Coloplast
Lean Leader of the Month: Dave Swenson
MN Economic Report
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January 2010, published on January 15th, 2010

MN Economic Report
What's in store for MA Members in 2010
Book Review: The Healing of America
It’s different over here.
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December 2009, published on December 14th, 2009

Featured Member: Johnson Screens Revisited
Supply Chain Environmental Footprints
Health Insurance is Just the Beginning
MN Economic Report
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November 2009 Issue, published on November 19th, 2009

MnTap Interns Reduce Waste at Advanced Web
MN Economic Report
Lean Leader of the Month: Kara McPipe
Book Review: The Lean Manager: a novel of lean transformation*
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October 2009 Issue, published on October 15th, 2009

MN Economic Report
Lean Leader of the Month: Jeff Quarberg
Environmental Remediation Liability - Know Your Options
Does the Current Economy Have Your “Exit Strategy” On Hold?
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September 2009 Issue, published on September 15th, 2009

MN Economic Report
Lean Champions Corner: What is FMEA?
Long Term Planning
Book Review: Story of a Lean Journey
Lean & Green: Ultra Image Powder Coating
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August, published on August 27th, 2009

MN Economic Report
Featured Company: “Don’t give ‘em a reason to leave”
Crowd Sourcing - Being creative about being creative
Can Office Improvements Really Make a Difference?
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June 2009 issue, published on May 31st, 2009

St. Paul Stamp Works: This Manufacturer Has Seen It All
Lean Champion's Corner: WIP and its Effect on Process Times
Using Ergonomics as Building Blocks for Reducing Work Injuries
Employers cut 1,600 jobs in May; smallest job loss in nine months
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May 2009 issue, published on April 30th, 2009

Legal Corner: Will We Have Labor Law Reform in 2009?
Book Review: The Birth of Lean
Featured Lean Leader - Ron Halliday
MN Economic Outlook
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April 2009 issue, published on March 31st, 2009

2009 Manufacturers Alliance Award Winners
Compliance News and Notes - Those Pesky Air Hoses
An Easy Way to Go Green!
MN Economic Outlook
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March 2009 issue, published on February 28th, 2009

The 100 Best Business Books of All Time*
Surviving (and thriving) during challenging economic times
Executive Perspective on Current Challenges
MN Economic Report
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February 2009 issue, published on January 31st, 2009

The double life of a non-profit manufacturer
Supply Chain Management - Supplier Evaluations
Compliance News - Looking Down The Wrong Side of the Barrel
MN Economic Outlook
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January 2009 issue, published on December 31st, 2008

MN Economic Outlook
More in Store for Members in 2009
Managing Your Customer Value Proposition
Book Review: Who's Counting
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December 2008 issue, published on November 30th, 2008

Expanding Lean Manufacturing Concepts to the Office
Going Green May be Good for the Bottom Line
Major Food Processor Updates Equipment and Saves Energy
MN Economic Condition
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November 2008 issue, published on October 31st, 2008

Paid Time-off Plans - Risks and Rewards
Lean Leader of the Month
Book Review - Transforming Office Operations Into A Strategic Competitive Advantage
MN Econmic Report
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October 2008 issue, published on September 30th, 2008

The Success of Grass-Roots Design
Want to Innovate? Be happy!
Being Prepared for an OSHA Inspection
Lean Leader of the Month
Our Continuing Investment in Programs, Workshops, and You
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September 2008 issue, published on August 31st, 2008

Lean Leader of the Month
Legal Corner: The Employee Free Choice Act
Book Review: Confronting the Threat of an Aging Workforce*
MN Economic Outlook
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August 2008 issue, published on July 31st, 2008

Featured Member: The Dream Team
Featured Lean Leader: Rich Hiemenz, Skyline Exhibits
But I Know What the Problem is
MN Economic Condition
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July 2008 issue, published on June 30th, 2008

Book Review: Developing a Lean Workforce
Justifying Your Facilities Budget
MN Supreme Court Adopts Federal Sexual Harassment Liability Standard
MN Economic Outlook
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June 2008 issue, published on May 31st, 2008

Featured Member: What industry leads the U.S. in recycling?
Compliance News and Notes: Inspection News
MN Economic Outlook
Seven Minnesota Companies to Host Interns
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May 2008 issue, published on April 30th, 2008

Book Review: First, Break All The Rules*
Legal Corner: Protecting Company Employee Confidential Information
Beyond the Paycheck: Evaluating Pre-Tax Benefits
MN Economic Outlook
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April 2008 issue, published on March 31st, 2008

Manufacturer of the Year Winners
Dancing with the Stars: The Open Innovation Marketplace
Minnesota Economic Outlook
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March 2008 issue, published on February 29th, 2008

The 2P/3P System
Book Review: Design for Manufacturability Concurrent Engineering
Lean Office: How Much is Too Much?
MN Economic Outlook
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February 2008 issue, published on January 31st, 2008

Lean is one more change in a long line of changes for this manufacturer
Customer Focus in a Price-Conscious World
Cheap Labor Shouldn’t Drive Offshoring Decisions
Lean Office Certification Congratulations
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January 2008 issue, published on December 31st, 2007

Lean Office: Involvement at All Levels
Book Review: Leading Teams*
2008 Manufacturers Alliance Forecast
MN Economic Condition
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December 2007 issue, published on November 30th, 2007

Driving Lean through Your Supply Chain
I see a yacht in my future! How about you?
Measuring the 'Impact of Lean'
MN Economic Outlook
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November 2007 issue, published on October 31st, 2007

Made to Order Lean
Corporate Training at Skyline Exhibits
Lean Office Education can be Fun and Rewarding
MN Economic Condition
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October 2007 issue, published on September 30th, 2007

Do You Have the 'Will' to Innovate?
This Company Prospers at Play
Supply Chain Management - When Internal Operations are the Weakest Link
MN Economic Condition
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September 2007 issue, published on August 31st, 2007

Increase Your Office Capacity: Eliminate Wasteful Transactions
Executing the Plan to Get Things Done
Book Review: Practical Lean Accounting
Why do you need to change?
MN Economic Condition
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August 2007 issue, published on July 31st, 2007

E. J. Ajax: A Fridley Company That Ships Worldwide
When Fun Turns Into Work! - Implementing an Innovation Plan
COMPLIANCE NEWS NOTES: ON THE INSPECTION FRONT
MN Economic Condition
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July 2007 issue, published on June 30th, 2007

A Case Study on Overcoming Resistance to a Kanban System
A Plan for Those Electronic Files
Survival of the Smartest
The 2007 Minnesota Employment-Related Legislative Roundup
Do You Sell Products to Europe?
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June 2007 issue, published on May 31st, 2007

E-Manufacturing Lean
The Real Reason Change is Hard
Are You Aware? Creativity and Innovation Begin with Awareness
COMPLIANCE NEWS NOTES: FIRE SAFETY INSPECTION
Minnesota Economic Outlook
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May 2007 issue, published on April 30th, 2007

Six Sigma Tools to Improve Process/Product Development Performance
Lean for Service Businesses: Where to Begin?
The Lead Role is Always a Speaking Part
Book Review: No Shortcuts to the Top
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April 2007 issue, published on March 31st, 2007

Garbage In - Garbage Out: Selecting the Right Product Development Projects
Compliance News Notes: In the Courts
2007 Wage Survey - Designed for you
Manufacturers of the Year Awards: The Winners Talk
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March 2007 issue, published on February 28th, 2007

Giving 5S in the Office the Personal Touch
Applying the Science of Six Sigma to the Art of Sales and Marketing
Carefully Planning Age Discrimination Releases in Reductions-in-Force
Training a Diverse Workforce
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February 2007 issue, published on January 31st, 2007

For more than 100 Years, this company has been baking new ideas
Becoming a Breakthrough Innovator --Tools to Generate Possibilities
COMPLIANCE NEWS NOTES: Recent Inspections
Minnesota's Business Conditions Index
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January 2007 issue, published on December 31st, 2006

Compliance News Notes: Respiratory Protection
New Court Decision Regarding Vacation Policy May Cost You
Book Review: The Medici Effect
Participate in the 2007 Manufacturing Compensation Benefits Survey
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December 2006 issue, published on November 30th, 2006

What's New at the Manufacturers Alliance
The Move to Lean Printing - Nahan Printing
Employee Retention
Developing Breakthrough Products -- From the Inside-Out
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November 2006 issue, published on October 31st, 2006

Mereen-Johnson Machine: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks
Was Jack Welch Wrong?
Using Collective Intelligence to Test New Ideas
How Manufacturers Can Increase Sales with Their Telephone
New Division of Manufacturers Alliance: Medical Alliance
COMPLIANCE NEWS NOTES: STORING MATERIAL SAFETY DATA SHEETS
Who are your supervisors?
5S for Service Organizations and Offices: A Lean Look at Improvement
Value Stream Mapping or Value-Added Flow Analysis
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September 2006 issue, published on August 31st, 2006

Standard Work
Book Review
Compliance News and Notes
Legal Corner
Minnesota Economic Condition
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August 2006 issue, published on July 31st, 2006

Diversified Plastics: Finding a Balance in Business
Problem Solving Begins and Ends With Logic and Persistence
Critical Thinking or Critical Condition?
New Product Stewardship Expectations
Minnesota Economic Condition
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July 2006 issue, published on June 30th, 2006

Lean Office Success
BOOK REVIEW - The Wal-Mart Effect
DOL Publishes Regulations for Employees and Employers Under USERRA
COMPLIANCE NEWS NOTES
Minnesota Economic Condition
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June 2006 issue, published on May 31st, 2006

Another Minnesota Medical Device Success Story
Leading in Lean
COMPLIANCE NEWS NOTES
When Should Leaders Apologize–
Managing Chaos, Complexity, and Change in Product Development
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May 2006 issue, published on April 30th, 2006

Greatest Opportunities
Leading in Lean
Book Reviews on Lean Office
Recent Supreme Court Decision Highlights Employee Complaints
Minnesota Economic Condition
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April 2006 issue, published on March 31st, 2006

2006 Manufacturer of the Year Winners
Do's and Don'ts of New Product Transitions to Manufacturing
Compliance News Notes
Manufacturers Alliance Orientation
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March 2006 issue, published on February 28th, 2006

What We Can Learn from the Latest Big Things in Management
Book Review - Five Voices, Five Faiths, Hughes, Amanda Millay, Boston: Cowley Publications, 2005.
Help a Member Firm Help Us All
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February 2006 issue, published on January 31st, 2006

Artistic Finishes Succeeds on Its Lean Journey
Tax Sense Saves Money
COMPLIANCE NEWS NOTES
Workplace Privacy Requirements Under the National Labor Relations Act
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January 2006 issue, published on December 31st, 2005

Listening is Critical to Training
Book Review: Lean Solutions
Branding Leads to Success in the World of Trade-Show Exhibits and Fixtures
Capital Equipment Tax Alliance (CETA) Plan of Operations
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November 2005 issue, published on October 31st, 2005

E-Mail: Useful Tool or Worst Enemy?
Medicare Part D Notification and Subsidy
The World's Largest Independent Tool Maker Is in White Bear Lake
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October 2005 issue, published on September 30th, 2005

Walking the Talk-Leadership Behaviors that Support Improvement Efforts
Book Review - Crucial Confrontations:
Compliance News Notes
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August 2005 issue, published on July 31st, 2005

Top Tool's Tremendous Tenacity
Book Review - The Gold Mine: A Novel of Lean Turnaround
Leaders Insights - Managing Conflict during Times of Change
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