May 18, 2017
Hisco’s Top Five – Manufacturing News – May 2017

Hisco rounds up some of the most recent headlines and stories about the rapidly changing world of manufacturing. IndustryWeek shares some tips from Kimberly-Clark on retaining millennial workers; U.S. News and World Reports examines the recent hiring surges in manufacturing; reports on how digitization is transforming manufacturing; Manufacturing USA reports on a new program to train future veterans; and NASA announces a call for proposals for their fabrication laboratory – FabLab. 

Creating a Millennial-Friendly Workplace: Tips from Kimberly-Clark (IndustryWeek)

Millennials are the largest generation in the workforce today, making up 50% of the candidates for open positions. Manufacturing employers are competing for top talent against technology giants and startups. To attract the best candidates in a tightening job market, businesses must demonstrate they understand their values and needs.(more)

Manufacturing Hiring Surges, but Skills Gap Sows Vacancies (U.S. News and World Report)

More manufacturing outfits brought on new workers in March than at any point since the front end of the Great Recession in early 2008, according to a report published Tuesday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (more)

Leaner Than Lean: How Digitalization Transforms Manufacturing (

If you want to see the future of manufacturing, follow the Tama River about 45 kilometers upstream from Tokyo’s Haneda Airport to the GE Healthcare facility in Hino, Japan. Inside this outwardly conventional, low-rise suburban business complex is emerging the blueprint for the future of manufacturing, tweak by painstaking tweak. (more)

LIFT Launches “Operation Next” To Prepare Future Veterans for Civilian Careers (Manufacturing USA)

FT. CAMPBELL, Kent. – LIFT – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a Manufacturing USA national innovation institute—in partnership with the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS), Amatrol, and Gene Haas Foundation—today announced the launch of “Operation Next” – a new model for equipping separating military personnel with the skills and credentials needed for the most in-demand advanced manufacturing civilian careers in the country.(more)

NASA Seeks ‘FabLab’ Concepts for In-Space Manufacturing (NASA)

NASA is seeking proposals for development of a first-generation, in-space, multi-material fabrication laboratory, or FabLab, for space missions. The FabLab solicitation is issued as Appendix B of the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Broad Agency Announcement.(more)

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