The Role of Water In Manufacturing

Did you know that in addition to the machines, the employees, and the factory, one of the key players in a manufacturing facility is water? It’s true: This simple element is actually the key to many manufacturing processes. As the Alliance for Water Efficiency explains, “Many diverse manufacturing operations use water for cleaning and rinsing […]

Why Student Work Experience Is Good for Manufacturers

A buzzword in the education industry these days is “real-world” experience. Somehow, the history of academia gradually shifted away from hands-on to hands-off, creating a generation unaccustomed to labor conditions and requirements in, you guessed it, “real-world” jobs. In the last several decades, the lack of training for some of the most labor-heavy industries in […]

Could Your Idea Be Sold at Walmart? Find Out In June

When it comes to purchasing products manufactured in America, Walmart is serious. In 2013, the company announced that they would purchase an additional $50 billion products in 10 years, even though items that are made, sourced, or grown in America already accounted for two-third of Walmart spends to buy products for their U.S. stores. So, […]

Which Manufacturers Are the Best to Work For?

Each year, Fortune Magazine releases a carefully compiled list of the 100 best companies to work for. How do they determine which companies those are? Is it all dependent on perks and salary? Author Robert Levering notes that “eye-popping perks are only the tip of the iceberg. What really makes a workplace a great place […]

What You Need to Know About Working for a Family-Owned Manufacturer

Okay, prepare for your heart to melt: Over 870 students celebrated Ag Day in Grand Island this year, reports NBC, traveling to see the realities of their agricultural community. You can watch the video at the link above—there were an awful lot of touching realizations about the importance of agriculture in their communities. “I enjoy […]

You Can “Manufacture” That? A Look at How Tea Is Made

This post is the first in a series we’ll be doing on products that aren’t commonly associated with manufacturing in its most traditional sense. When we think of manufacturing, we often think of dirty, dusty factories with industrial workers like Lucille Ball churning out product faster than their bodies can actually move. In reality, manufacturing […]

How Cleary Building Corp. Sold 100,000 Buildings

Even when the manufacturing environment is positive, it’s still no piece of cake to make it as a small manufacturer. While there are certainly jobs to be had, no manufacturer will tell you that success comes easy; Nebraska manufacturers work long and hard, and they dedicate many hours to the success of their companies. So, […]

Manufacturing Recalls 101

It seems as if every time you check the news, there’s a new recall of a product or food on the market. In mid-January, Trader Joe’s pulled one of its most popular snack foods, store-brand raw cashew pieces, off their shelf in response to reported salmonella concerns (although there have been no reported illnesses). Last […]

Long-Term Unemployed Seniors Face an Uphill Battle. How Can We Help?

We’ve discussed long-term unemployment on the blog before, including some of the myths that circulate around the notion. Essentially, after The Great Recession from 2007-2009, populations of the unemployed skyrocketed. In addition, the time in which the unemployed stayed unemployed rose as well, eventually reaching a median period of 25 weeks, more than twice the […]