2018 Year in Review: DVIRC’s Best Articles & Interviews

January 4, 2019

As we enter into a new year, we reflect on the content DVIRC leaders and partners developed in 2018, which appeared on our website, in our newsletters, and across our community. Check out the top articles that drew the greatest interest from DVIRC readers in 2018.

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Whether you work in a small, family-owned manufacturing company or in a large facility with locations around the country, your biggest asset remains the same – your people. In today’s competitive market, in which more than half of employees are searching for new jobs or watching for new opportunities,* it is more important than ever to hire, retain, and cultivate your workforce.

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Competition for talent in the manufacturing sector is steeper than ever, and on December 12, the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC) and Turkey Hill came together to address ways manufacturing leaders can use talent to grow their companies and outperform competition. The event, Building a Fearless Culture, focused on ways business leaders can empower talent to solve problems and deliver results, which ultimately increases productivity and decreases waste.

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Whether you work in a small, family-owned manufacturing company or in a large facility with locations around the country, your biggest asset remains the same – your people. In today’s competitive market, in which more than half of employees are searching for new jobs or watching for new opportunities,* it is more important than ever to hire, retain, and cultivate your workforce.

2018 Manufacturing Summit

On October 12, more than 500 people gathered at the Seventh Annual Greater Philadelphia Manufacturing Summit, the largest ever hosted by the Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC). The Fuge (formally Johnsville Centrifuge) in Warminster, PA, where, in 1959, the Mercury Seven astronauts began their centrifuge training, served as the ideal backdrop for a day of inspiration and education among industry leaders, technology companies, small to mid-sized manufacturers (SMMs), academics, makers, designers, hardware entrepreneurs and students.

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When your software impacts the growth and management of your business, along with the productivity of your employees, it’s time to think about new software. Harry Landsburg, DVIRC’s Director of Business Process Technology, provides 10 topics often discussed when companies realize that legacy software or the popular combination of QuickBooks + spreadsheets just can’t do the job.

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On June 22nd, manufacturing employees from the Philadelphia region celebrated the culmination of training and education courses in which they participated at DVIRC. This year, 119 individuals ranging from the shop floor to the corner office, representing 45 different companies, graduated from numerous courses and received certifications in Lean, Six Sigma, and Organizational Development, and came away with skills to improve their company’s bottom line, which so many companies struggle with today. By cultivating and investing in their existing workforce, many believe they will retain a more talented workforce and gain a competitive advantage.

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The manufacturing community in most sectors is very busy with customer business, which has been the strongest in recent memory. However, uncertainty of what next year will bring businesswise is surfacing with an expected slowing in the economy, tariff/trade war impacts, workforce shortages, and wage increases, to name a few. Manufacturers have little control over these issues, but one area manufacturers can control is cost within a manufacturer’s four walls, both in the production area and in the office.

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Local and national manufacturers alike have been trying to crack the code on how to incorporate advanced manufacturing technology (AMT), often referred to as Industry 4.0, into their businesses. On April 10, regional manufacturing leaders gathered at DVIRC as two AMT experts provided an overview of AMT and the evolving role of automation in the manufacturing industry.

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Saint-Gobain was recognized as the top employer in North America. Learn the secret to its success. Sign up to watch an interview with Valerie Gervais, Saint-Gobain’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources, who shares how Saint-Gobain received the Top Employer North America Certification for its exceptional workplace and employee offerings for the third consecutive year.

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The Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center (DVIRC) is proud to announce they are expanding the Philadelphia Region’s third season of the “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest to middle school students in 25 area schools.

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