June 2010 | Volume 5, Issue 2
NJDOL Customized Training Grants Are Now Available
The New Jersey Department of Labor is now taking applications for Customized Training Grants and Literacy Grants. Training Funds are available to upgrade the skills of workers to ensure that New Jersey’s employers are more competitive in the global economy.
NJMEP and Clients Hit Major Milestone
Increased and Retained Sales Reach One Billion Dollars
NJMEP and its clients have hit a major milestone. Together they have achieved over one billion dollars in increased and retained sales. In addition to the impact on sales, NJMEP’s clients have realized $183 million dollars in cost savings and have created 2,279 new jobs and saved 10,672 positions that otherwise would have been lost. All results were obtained by independent third party surveys and reflect the eleven years that NJMEP has been serving small to mid-sized manufacturers in the state.
NJMEP Attends 2010 MEP Conference
The 2010 Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) National Conference took place in Orlando from May 2 – May 5. Key personnel from NJMEP attended. The theme of this year’s conference was “Profitable Growth: A New Story for U.S. Manufacturing.”
The emphasis on the conference was E3 – Economy, Energy, and Environment. E3 is a coordinated federal and local technical assistance initiative that is helping manufacturers across the nation adapt and thrive in a new business era focused on sustainability.
Metal Metal Everywhere
NJ Companies Make Metal A Priority
Looking for something in metal? New Jersey is the place to start. The NJMEP Made in New Jersey web page features a number of companies throughout the state that utilize ores to make their mark. Whether you’re looking for metal powers, powder metal injection molding (MIM) furnaces, precision sheet metal fabricating or machining of stainless steel, aluminum, or exotic materials you can find it in New Jersey. The state is home to metal stamping, sheet metal fabrication, die-casting, tubing or pipe or manufacturers of products to build and maintain the nation’s infrastructure. Read more.
Safety: What, Who, Why And How
The First Of A Series On Safety In The Workplace
“OSHA and PEOSHA regulations, NFPA and NEC standards, workers’ comp costs, lost time, lawsuits…..HELP!” is the opening line to a wonderfully informative article “Reducing the Costs of Safety & Health Management” written by Mary Ann McBride, Director, Occupational Safety Services, Inc. The article was written for the Municipal Utility Authorities. We approached Ms. McBride to share her knowledge on safety with our manufacturers. Read more.
Thinking Outside The Box
Innovative Solutions For Strategic Guidance
Operating a company on a day-to-day basis often doesn’t leave time for visionary thinking or figuring out how to turn the vision into a reality if there is one. Most companies aren’t in a position to “staff up” in order to take the company to the next level however there are options available for getting the best and brightest to join the team while still being fiscally responsible. Part time functional experts have become integral elements in many companies. Read more.
Getting Charged Up About Old Batteries
New Regulations Impact Battery Disposal For Everyone
New regulations have been put in place regarding the disposal of used dry-cell batteries. The US DOT placed new regulations on the transportation of these batteries. These new regulations, along with a reduction in dry cell battery toxicity warranted a change in the disposition of batteries. Rechargeable and button batteries are to be recycled, while non-rechargeable batteries, such as alkaline, can be disposed of as normal trash. Whether you are a battery manufacturer or original equipment manufacturer these regulations impact you, your customers and your employees.
Customer Friendly Or Customer Frustrating?
How Does Your Organization Communicate With Your Customers?
We’ve all been there… chasing a piece of information from a vendor that we need to complete a project. We call our account representative who is “away from my desk” and leave a message. Hours later we call back…. still away from the desk. We try to reach someone to check if the rep is in the office however no person is reachable. Sound familiar? Read more.
Dialing A Retraining Program To Put Recession On Hold
Anadigics, a manufacturer of semiconductors, was featured in NJBiz Magazine’s “Making It” column. The column, by Beth Fitzgerald, explores how businesses and nonprofits are meeting the economy’s challenges and opportunities. Read the entire article.
NJMEP Clients’ Success Stories
ERP Implementation Generates Unexpected Benefits
City Theatrical (CTI) is a world leader in the design, development and manufacture of theatrical and event lighting. The company was an early innovator in wireless DMX and is the winner of three LDI product awards. DMX is a communication protocol that is used in the entertainment industry worldwide to operate lighting and other equipment. In 2008 CTI was granted a US patent covering some elements of wireless DMX. As the field has grown this patent has also grown in importance. Read more.