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Hiring a New Generation with New Technology

It’s no secret that one of manufacturing’s top issues in the coming years will be a labor shortage.  Highly skilled workers are retiring to the tune of 2.7 million vacated jobs by 2025, with an additional 700,000 jobs opening up within the next decade.  That means, you guessed it, reaching out to Millennials to fill these critical positions.  Here are some interesting conflicts – and possible solutions – to blending the next generation into your workforce.

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Pipeline Transport: When Mixing is Everything

For companies working with crude oil and trying to transport it, make it ready for market and turn a profit, mixing is everything.  Here are a few reasons why you need to focus on your mixing process to maximize your profits.

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Chemical Accident Ruling Prompts Lawsuit

As current administration efforts to transform the Environmental Protection Agency continue to develop, one battle has finally come to a head over chemical usage and storage.  Recently New York’s Attorney General, Eric Schneiderman, brought a suit against the EPA for delaying the chemical accident safety rule, which targeted companies that used and stored chemicals.  By the time the suit was filed, ten other states joined the battle.  The gist of the suit asserts that new EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt cannot delay by two years the Accidental Release Prevention Requirements for Risk Management Programs, which they believe offers critical improvements to protections against explosions, fires, poisonous gas releases and other accidents involving toxic chemicals.

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Listening to Experience

Wisdom comes from experience, time spent deep into a job, watching the trends go in and out and gleaning lessons from working over the years.  So when it comes to designing a strategy to move your company forward, why not learn to lean on your work veterans for advice?

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Combating Methane with Better Equipment

The oil and gas industry is all too familiar with the recent ruling from the federal courts that require methane emissions to be protected against leaks from operations efforts. Specifically related to fracking operations, the ruling states that companies must find and fix leaks that could contribute to methane and VOC emissions.  Mostly targeting new and modified sources of methane emissions, companies were expected to reduce hundreds of thousands of tons of toxins.  While the political decision was somewhat unexpected, there are ways to help stay within regulations and still drive profits.

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Gas Gusher Changes the Game

News out of New Mexico reveals that BP began producing from a gas well in the Mancos shale that could turn out to be a “significant new source of U.S. natural gas supply.”  A largely ignored corner of New Mexico is now producing what some call the highest output in the San Juan Basin in over 14 years and brings explorers that much closer to unlocking one of the nation’s largest reserves of fuel.  It is also an excellent example that as acquisition costs rise, taking a hard look at your drilling dollars makes great sense.

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Manufacturing Under Uncertain Conditions

In many ways, manufacturing can be said to be going through an entirely new Industrial Revolution.  Between robotics introduced to the factory floor, the Internet of Things and 3D printing, there is much change that affects every sector from cars to food processing.  When we add in the uncertainty of changing regulations, manufacturing can seem like a volatile enterprise.  So how can we make the most of manufacturing under uncertain conditions?  The secret is in the equipment.

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Food Industry Fights Back against Online Incursion

One of the most exciting trends in the marketplace today is the radical transformation of delivery and logistics in the food industry.  With Amazon’s recent push into the packaged-food industry, many onlookers are predicting a grocery shopping transformation in the near future.  This has put pressure on many traditional companies in the food industry to come up with a stance to counteract that influence.  Now, more than ever, profit margins are tight.

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Want a Better Leader? Traits to Look For

Leadership skills rank consistently in the top three qualities employers are looking for in both new employees and partnerships.  While there is some debate about whether leadership skills can be taught or whether they are innate, one thing is clear – it is a vital component to business strategy and success in an ever-changing marketplace.  So how can you identify that employee or business partner with the right leadership talent?  Here are some characteristics to look for.

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Pressures on the Food Supply Chain

Knowing where the food supply comes from isn’t just a farm-to-table movement for consumers.  There are lots of players when it comes to where food is sourced and manufactured.  Much of the information generated about all facets of the food supply chain isn’t necessarily shared via central database or other means of capture.  Blockchain technology, for example, has been touted as a way to identify and react to pressures on the food supply chain.

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