Midwest Manufacturers — Make Do, Can Do, Will Do

Posted by IMEC on Nov 19, 2020 11:09:18 AM

An original article from the NIST Manufacturing Innovation Blog.

As a proud son of the Midwest (yes, my family does exchange holiday cheese, and yes, it’s delicious, we have no regrets), I was particularly interested in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Partnership Extension (NIST MEP) virtual round table for Midwest manufacturers. All our nation’s manufacturers are important to me and, of course, we at NIST MEP love them all equally, but there’s always a certain extra curiosity about how the home team’s doing, isn’t there? On Aug. 26, 2020, we brought together manufacturers virtually as part of a series of conversations about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic impact. Our goal in hosting these listening sessions, which we call the “National Conversation with Manufacturers,” was to discern how best to support manufacturers through the current uncertainty and beyond.

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Reshoring: What Manufacturers Should Know

Posted by Jordyn Shawhan on Nov 2, 2020 8:13:00 AM

There is a lot of conversation right now about reshoring, but not about its relevance to small and medium-sized manufacturing firms. The basic premise of reshoring is easy to understand – bring jobs back to America by encouraging companies currently offshoring to “reshore” and purchase labor or materials from a U.S. firm. This in turn benefits the local economy and stabilizes the buyers’ supply chain by not relying on overseas partners.

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Linkedin: An Essential Marketing Tool for Manufacturers

Posted by Simone Erskine on Oct 9, 2020 8:10:00 AM

Social media is drastically changing the way customers interact with manufacturers. Not only are there more users on social media today, but more and more businesses in the B2B space are starting to realize the power of connecting socially with existing clients and new prospects to form a more lasting customer experience.

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Critical Security Controls: An Introduction

Posted by IMEC on Oct 5, 2020 3:57:57 PM

This is an original post by Jana White of Alpine Security.

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Get to Know IMEC’s Board of Directors: Jeffrey Taylor

Posted by Jordyn Shawhan on Oct 2, 2020 12:09:52 PM

Jeffrey Taylor is the President and CEO of Crafts Technology in Elk Grove Village, a manufacturing firm with decades of experience producing products that demand super hard materials. As one of our newest Board members, Taylor spoke with us virtually and gave insight into his manufacturing background and why he’s excited to be on the IMEC board.

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Manufacturers, Your Story Is Your Best Competitive Advantage

Posted by IMEC on Sep 22, 2020 10:26:30 AM

This is an original article by Michelle Kelly of K+L Storytellers.

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Is Your Website Content Out-of-Date?

Posted by IMEC on Sep 17, 2020 9:00:06 AM

This is an original article by Custom Direct, Inc.

Vintage is all the rage, but out-of-date details on your website are never in style. Your site is filled with important information about your business. In many ways, it becomes your round-the-clock salesman, accounting for much of the decision-making process conducted by potential customers. Ensuring website content is up-to-date and reliable is key in establishing legitimacy and trust - making the difference in gaining a new customer, or losing a sale. Here are the 5 areas of your site which might need updating. Some of these are “quick” fixes, while others may require a bit more effort. Regardless of time involved, each item on this checklist is valuable to your digital presence, and should be reviewed for accuracy:

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Identifying and Eliminating Waste Caused by COVID-19

Posted by Steve Sandercook on Sep 16, 2020 2:59:27 PM

Written by Steve Sandercock and Greg Thompson.

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What is the Difference Between CMMC, DFARS, and NIST 800-171?

Posted by IMEC on Sep 15, 2020 11:47:13 AM

This is an original post by Roisin Coleman of Alpine Security.

Without Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certificate (CMMC) compliance, a contractor will be barred from all future Department of Defense (DoD) contracts. The CMMC officially launched in January 2020, building upon the DFARS and NIST 800-171 standards with additional requirements for vendors working with the DoD. Understanding CMMC and how it differs from DFARS and NIST 800-171 is crucial to the current and future success of government contractors.

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Get to Know IMEC’s Board of Directors: Ashley S. Moy

Posted by Jordyn Shawhan on Sep 15, 2020 9:04:34 AM

Ashley S. Moy is the CEO and co-founder of Cast21, a corporation that produces innovative orthopedic solutions. As one of IMEC’s newest board members, Moy sat down (virtually) to tell us a little more about herself.

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