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MANTEC Launches Recruitment as CEO Prepares to Step Down

MANTEC has announced it will launch a search for its next President and CEO as John W. Lloyd, who has held the position since 2001, will step down after 20 years at the end of 2020. As one of the…

MANTEC Connecting Specialty Solutions for Accelerating Manufacturing Excellence

Manufacturing is a life-sustaining industry.  Many of us know South Central Pennsylvania as the snack capital of the world, but it’s also home to 2,986 diverse manufacturing establishments ranging from medical equipment, plastics and metal fabricators, textiles and pharmaceuticals.   Over the last…

LEAN Automation in the Manufacturing Industry

By implementing the techniques of LEAN manufacturing, you can cut waste and improve your productivity. However, simply knowing the principles of LEAN manufacturing isn’t enough. You must also apply the ideas behind this manufacturing method to fit your facility. The…

COVID-19 Small Business Loans

On March 27, 2020, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) became law. The Act appropriated $349 billion in funding for small business owners to counteract job loss and potential business failure as a result of the crisis.…

MANTEC’s New Look and Mission

Building off a new strategic plan and months of preparation, MANTEC today announces a new look, a new brand and a new website. The overall goal is for clients to clearly identify MANTEC’s role and the resources provided to the…

What’s so Cool About Manufacturing? Linglestown

The student video contest is a competition between local area middle schools. The teams spent time at local manufacturers to create 2.5 minute videos about what was “cool” at the manufacturer.  The purpose of the contest is to raise awareness among students and parents…

How to Increase and Improve Cybersecurity in Manufacturing

Propelled by the burgeoning equipment behind Industry 4.0, manufacturers have more advanced technologies at their disposal to streamline machinery functions, share enterprise information and — hopefully — increase outputs and profits. Yet with these technological advances come increased cybersecurity risks for…

Governor Wolf’s 2020-21 Budget Promises to Move Manufacturing Sector Forward

Additional investment in Industrial Resource Centers will accelerate use of advanced manufacturing technologies. HARRISBURG, PA (January 30, 2020) – Governor Tom Wolf recently revealed his proposed 2020-21 budget for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. That budget includes a $2.5 million increase…

Students dispel manufacturing ‘myths’ with video contest

Full Article posted by Central Penn Business Journal By: Justin Henry Twenty schools in Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York counties are collaborating with regional manufacturing companies on a short video contest to answer the question, What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?…

How to Leverage Big Data to Improve Operations

The term “big data” applies to large volumes of structured and unstructured datasets that, through analysis, can reveal specific trends and patterns. Big data analytics is now shaping the way organizations in virtually every industry process information, including manufacturing. Trying…

How to Choose an ERP for Manufacturing

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software for manufacturers is no longer optional — it’s business-critical, as vital in today’s fourth-wave revolution as robotics and AI applications. Cut through the clutter and select an ERP manufacturing software solution best fit for your…

We’re Hiring- Manufacturing Technology Advisor

Are you motivated by emerging technologies? Can you envision the factory of the future with A.I. predicting quality control or machine failures? Do you have insight on 3D Printing technology, automation, and robotics use to improve efficiency?  Is the Internet…

We’re Hiring- Client Relationship Administrator

Do you consider yourself a customer service professional delivering top-notch experiences to your clients?  If you’ve been hoping to come across an extraordinary opportunity for a position that is gratifying professionally and personally, then check this out! MANTEC provides manufacturers…

How Does ERP Help in Manufacturing?

The manufacturing industry is all about consistency, efficiency and cohesion. The best manufacturers know that these qualities must be present in management practices as well as in the products that leave the floor. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) facilitates the routine…

How Technology Is Closing the Skills Gap

With technology advancing at a continually more rapid pace, manufacturing capabilities and demand are expanding every day. Since artificial intelligence (AI) has not proven to be the job killer people feared it to be, that means manufacturers in the U.S.…

Proud to Manufacture in PA 2019 Recap and Award Winners!

A big thank you for making this event such a success! The theme of “Welcome to the Rev-olution” led us through the day as we learned about the new hemp processing frontier from Steve Groff of Groff North America followed…

Effective Social Media Strategies for Your Manufacturing Business

It’s difficult to imagine the business world today without the incorporation of social media. Social networking sites are an incredible way to boost your company’s image, level of knowledge and reliability from the content you provide to viewers. Your manufacturing…

How to Create a Strategic Plan With SMART Goals

The key to growth in a manufacturing business is to set goals for the results you would like to see. A business cannot succeed unless everyone has a clear understanding of what they are working toward. If you are hoping…

How Can Manufacturing Benefit From Digitization?

As computerized systems become more sophisticated and efficient, they’re playing an increasing role in day-to-day manufacturing operations. Digital manufacturing is now a core process in many companies. Digital technologies enable organizations to implement an integrated approach to production, with computer…

How Can LEAN Manufacturing Improve Operations?

As manufacturers seek ways to increase efficiencies and reduce expenses, they’re realizing the importance of LEAN production. This Japanese-developed manufacturing concept focuses on eliminating waste and unnecessary steps that drive up costs, increase production times and drain human and equipment…

What Jobs Can You Get With a Six Sigma Certification?

The Six Sigma methodology has become the gold standard for process improvement in today’s manufacturing world. Organizations that master these principles typically experience greater efficiency, fewer defects and less waste, leading to increased productivity and profitability. Because of its success, manufacturing…

Is Your Emergency Response Plan up to Date?

Like all businesses these days, manufacturing operations must be prepared to deal with an emergency. Manufacturers face unique challenges, such as exposure to hazardous materials, fires and chemical spills. The high volume of workers that are typically on the job…

Excellence in Manufacturing Award 2019 Finalists

MANTEC’s Excellence in Manufacturing awards recognize South Central Pennsylvania manufacturers for outstanding achievements.  The 20 finalists were nominated in four categories and all are exceeding expectations in Smart Manufacturing.  The winners will be announced during the “Proud to Manufacture in…

Top CEO Tips for the Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing CEOs are deeply involved with their companies at every level of business. Depending on the company’s size, they may manage relationships with customers, oversee product and process and keep track of finances, all while forging a trajectory for the…

SEO for Manufacturing

Over 87% of people first look online when product or service shopping. Increasingly, those search results are turning mobile, with consumers accessing your company’s website via their smartphones before taking any next steps toward sales conversion. Quick Links SEO Tips…

What You Should be Asking Your Cybersecurity Team

Though cybersecurity was primarily associated with finance in the past, businesses in all industries are becoming aware of the growing threat of cyberattacks. Manufacturing companies, in particular, are discovering the need to protect their networks, and their bottom lines, from…

Manufacturing Technology’s Future

Technological advancement has long driven the pace of manufacturing. Today, most factories are hubs of advanced machinery, churning out goods more efficiently than was possible in the past. However, as technology advances exponentially, manufacturing continues to evolve. Many emerging tools…

Humanizing Your Manufacturing Brand

Competition in the manufacturing industry is strong, yet many manufacturers convey information about their brands in similar, highly impersonal ways. While it’s important to convey your technical capabilities and show off your products, you also need to give potential customers…

How to Budget for Your Manufacturing Company

Preparing an accurate budget is an essential part of maintaining your manufacturing company’s profitability. In addition to giving you a reference for your company’s financial performance, your budget helps you set prices, increase efficiency and plan for future growth. Both…

How to Drive Results in Manufacturing Through HR

Behind almost every successful manufacturing company is a coordinated team of knowledgeable, dedicated and satisfied employees. At every level of a business, people drive results. Though most business leaders understand the importance of human resources for recruiting workers and handling…

Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality in Manufacturing

Thanks to increasing innovations, manufacturing businesses can incorporate augmented reality and virtual reality into their operations. These forms of technology allow workers to accomplish tasks they would not be able to without these inventions. Are these systems right for your…

Smart Manufacturing Conference Summary

MANTEC hosted 150 industry leaders on April 3, 2019 at the first Smart Manufacturing Conference.  Each session included a manufacturer sharing best practices on technology and workforce related topics.   Curious what we covered? Smart Manufacturing Conference Photos Interested in being…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | News You Should Know 3/22/19

Partner Training… What is SOC for Cybersecurity- March 28 Family Business Forum- April 16 Workforce Summit- April 16 Import Operations & Compliance Seminar- April 17 Small Business Webinar- April 17 Our Global Outlook- April 24 Charting our Future- April 25…

OSHA Compliance Quick Tips

For the safety of your workers and to meet government regulations, it is critical to maintain OSHA compliance. To help, here are some OSHA compliance quick tips for manufacturing. These are some ways to make sure you are on top…

What Does NIST 800 Compliance Mean for Manufacturing?

 The Deadline has Passed! Call us today to help you remain compliant or Learn More . As of 2018, if you are a manufacturer that is involved with or wishes to take on defense contracts, you must comply with Defense…

Overview of OSHA Manufacturing Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, has laid out some very specific safety requirements for manufacturing. If you work in manufacturing, you must make sure that all your workers receive proper training in OSHA standards to stay in…

ITAR Compliance Requirements for Manufacturers

If you manufacture products for the U.S. government that are designed for military or defense purposes, your company must meet ITAR compliance standards. What is ITAR and how do you make sure your manufacturing company is in ITAR compliance? What…

Winners of the Coolest Manufacturing Video Contest

The “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” student video contest between local area middle schools announced the winners during an Awards Ceremony on March 6 at the Strand Theatre in York. The online voting held February 6-8, determined the Viewer’s Choice…

Keeping Track of Skills

In today’s competitive manufacturing landscape, you’re most likely well aware of your suppliers’ key performance indicators, as well as the impacts of handling, shipping and distribution on your overall unit costs. But what do you know about tracking employee skill…

What the Internet of Things Is Doing for Manufacturing

The Internet of Things — or IoT — is a buzzword used frequently in everything from white papers and case studies to articles and blogs. But what exactly is the Internet of Things, and what is it doing for manufacturing?…

How to Develop a Real Safety Culture

Just like the actions, beliefs and social norms that make up the general culture we live in, a workplace with a vibrant safety culture has a shared vision about what constitutes a safe work environment. Since most professionals in manufacturing…

How Manufacturing Can Use 360° Videos

Many modern employees expect transparency, accessibility and new levels of interactivity in the workplace, and plenty of industries are engaging in strategies geared toward those qualities. While they’re common in medical fields, as well as education and real estate, 360-degree…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | VALUABLE INSIGHTS INSIDE 2/21/19

Partner Training… Workforce Summit- April 16 Import Operations & Compliance Seminar- April 17 Resources… Summit Advisory Continues Sponsorship of The High Center for Family Business Automation is Reshaping Work Across America. A New Report Explores the Impact – and How…

Was YOUR company’s NIST assessment done properly?

Even though the deadline to be DFARS 7012/NIST 800-171 compliant passed over a year ago (December 31, 2017, to be exact), we  have noticed a significant uptick in demand for these assessments. This is because the government has tasked the…

Why New Doesn’t Always Mean Better

From Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things to business process automation and robotics, manufacturing in America is facing disruption from almost every facet of technology. Of course, while most of us are bombarded by marketing messages like “new and…

How to Create Accurate and Consistent Proposals

In the business world, it is critical to get a sales proposal — sometimes referred to as a business proposal — absolutely right. It’s important to understand that a business “proposal” isn’t the same as a business “plan.” While business…

How to Identify Manufacturing Bottlenecks

From a busy intersection at rush hour to security check-ins at airports, we’re surrounded by bottlenecks. In real-world scenarios, since most of us are forced to navigate bottlenecks every day, it’s easy to forget how costly they can be to…

We’re Hiring! Marketing and Events Coordinator

We need a top-notch, detail-oriented Coordinator to assist the Marketing Manager with event planning and marketing initiatives! Primary duties will include coordination of all event logistics and social media functions. You will create meaningful strategic content to engage and inspire…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | INSIDER INSIGHTS INSIDE 1/24/19

Partner Training… Export Procedures Seminar- January 29 Transitioning between System and Organization Control (SOC) reports Webinar- February 12 Using Job Methods and Job Instruction to sustain process improvements- February 12-13 AquaPhoenix Scientific plant tour and benchmarking event- March 12 Workforce…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | VALUABLE INSIGHTS INSIDE 1/10/19

Partner Training… SnapCab & Acme Box Plant Tour- January 22 Export Procedures Seminar- January 29 Using Job Methods and Job Instruction to sustain process improvements- February 12-13 Workforce Summit- April 16 Resources… Electricity Benchmark Prices & Trends The Pennsylvania Global…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | IMPORTANT INSIGHTS INSIDE 12/20/18

Partner Training… Export Procedures Seminar- January 29 Workforce Summit- April 16 Resources… Electricity Benchmark Prices & Trends 30 Years of Advancing U.S. Manufacturing: An MEP National Network Infographic Manufacturers in the News… Serta Simmons Bedding closing plant in Lancaster County…

2019 Cybersecurity Trends in Manufacturing

Hackers and other cybercriminals are developing increasingly sophisticated methods to breach organizations’ computer networks in order to steal data, halt operations, hold data to ransom or all of the above. Unfortunately, while the manufacturing sector has traditionally not been a…

Best Practices for Performing Inventory Cycle Counts

When it comes to proper warehouse management, it’s imperative to know exactly how much inventory you have in stock. Without this knowledge, it’s impossible to know what raw materials and components you need to order to meet the demands of…

Best Strategic Planning and Succession Planning Frameworks for Small Manufacturers

For small businesses, especially those in manufacturing, the daily responsibilities of ensuring orders are fulfilled in a timely manner, clients’ expectations are properly met and general operations run smoothly can often feel like more than a full-time job. Of course,…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | VALUABLE INSIGHTS INSIDE 12/6/18

Partner Training… International Traffic in Arms Regulations Seminar- December 11 Safe Food for Canadians Act & What it Means for PA Food Exporters to Canada Webinar- December 11 Resources… PAsmart Registered Apprenticeship applications are due December 21st Electricity Benchmark Prices &…

5 Ideas for Cost Reduction in Manufacturing

From paying for labor and raw materials to keeping up with energy and overhead bills, running a business can often feel like a daily juggling act of trying to balance manufacturing costs and profits. Of course, while opening up new…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | INSIDER INSIGHTS INSIDE 11/19/18

Partner Training… Employee Engagement and Lean Safety Workshop- November 27 WTC 2018 Annual Holiday Luncheon & Reception- December 7 International Traffic in Arms Regulations Seminar- December 11 Safe Food for Canadians Act & What it Means for PA Food Exporters…

Value Stream Map for Manufacturing

After more than three decades of helping manufacturing enterprises in South Central Pennsylvania boost their productivity and profitability, MANTEC has found value stream mapping to be a proven small business strategy. The purpose of this activity is to identify all…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | ESSENTIAL INSIGHTS INSIDE 11/8/18

Partner Training… HTS Classification Seminar- November 13 Upskilling and Reskilling the Workforce for Cybersecurity Roles Webinar- November 14 Employee Engagement and Lean Safety Workshop- November 27 WTC 2018 Annual Holiday Luncheon & Reception- December 7 International Traffic in Arms Regulations…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | IMPORTANT INSIGHTS INSIDE 10/25/18

Partner Training… HTS Classification Seminar- November 13 Employee Engagement and Lean Safety Workshop- November 27 International Traffic in Arms Regulations Seminar- December 1 Resources… Electricity benchmark prices & trends Nine Decades of Engineering Innovation National Cyber Security Career Awareness Week…

Big Data/Small Business: The Importance of Data Collection and Usage in Small Manufacturing Businesses

In regard to the relationship between big data and small business and why manufacturing data collection and cloud-based manufacturing systems are playing such vital roles in the success of today’s manufacturers, John Lloyd, President and CEO of MANTEC, had this…

How to Get Your CEO to Invest in Inbound Marketing

When most of us hear the word “marketing,” we think of traditional forms of paid advertisements — otherwise known as outbound marketing. However, there’s also another type of marketing known as “inbound marketing,” which provides information designed to improve customer…

What You Need to Know About Manufacturing Cybersecurity Risks

For a long time, we’ve associated cybersecurity risks with financial institutions, the defense industry, academia, governmental organizations and health care institutions. The databases of these types of organizations contain vast quantities of valuable IP and personal information — precisely the…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | VALUABLE INSIGHTS INSIDE 10/11/18

Partner Training… Preparing for SOC 2® changes: Lessons learned from applying the new Trust Services Criteria webinar- October 16 Building America’s Talent Pipeline- October 17 HTS Classification Seminar- November 13 Employee Engagement and Lean Safety Workshop- November 27 Resources… Robots,…

Proud to Manufacture in PA 2018 Recap and Award Winners!

A big thank you to our record breaking crowd for making this event such a success! The “Brewing Success” panel informed us on new trends and challenges they are facing in the manufacturing world and then was followed with keynote…

Scams and Small Manufacturers

Manufacturers are one of the top industries that scammers attack. It is critical to inform employees of the warning signs of scams in order to prevent major incidents from happening. Learn common scenarios of scammers and how to prevent them…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | ESSENTIAL DETAILS INSIDE 9/27/18

Partner Training… S.-Mexico-China Trade Tensions: Proven Approaches to Address Tariff Impacts- October 2 Nielsen-Kellerman Best Practice Event– October 3 Customer Relationship Management: Strategic Methods to Manage Relationships Webinar- October 11 SPEED Business Forum- October 26 Employee Engagement and Lean Safety…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | IMPORTANT DETAILS INSIDE 9/11/18

Partner Training… Bringing the World to PA!- September 13 Manufacturing and Distribution Growth & Profitability Forum – September 18 Tariff and Trade Strategies Seminar-September 18 Murray Benefits Academy- September 20 Chief Robotics Officer (CRO) Summit- September 25-27 SPEED Business Forum-…

Excellence in Manufacturing Award 2018 Finalists

MANTEC’s Excellence in Manufacturing awards recognize South Central Pennsylvania manufacturers for outstanding achievements.  The 20 finalists were nominated in four categories and all are exceeding expectations in Smart Manufacturing.  The winners will be announced during the “Proud to Manufacture in…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | INSIDER DETAILS INSIDE 8/30/18

Partner Training… NAFTA: What’s at Stake? Webinar- September 5 Member Personas and Why You Need Them Webinar- September 11 Bringing the World to PA!- September 13 Manufacturing and Distribution Growth & Profitability Forum – September 18 Chief Robotics Officer (CRO)…

Are you a manufacturing company that exceeds expectations?

If yes, nominate yourself for this years Excellence in Manufacturing Awards! The awards fall under four categories; Operational Excellence and Quality, Innovation and Growth, Technology, and Workforce Development. Finalists will receive free admission and be recognized at the October 4, Proud to Manufacture in PA Event…

HR Focus- Workforce Strategies to Help You Elevate Your Business

Written by MEP National Network’s Linda Colon of CONNSTEP In our competitive business climate, manufacturers are looking for ways to bolster future business by ensuring continuity of their company operations and retaining and developing talent. Industry expert Kelly McDaniel, president…

Marketing Focus- Creating a Culture of Innovation: Start in Your Sales & Marketing Departments

Provided by MEP National Network’s Oregon Manufacturing Extension Partnership.  Written by Jim Allen. In the first of this three-part blog series, we introduced the notion of starting with your sales and marketing departments as places where you can innovate new…

Finance Focus- Business Valuation as a Process Improvement Tool

Written by MEP National Network’s David Felin, Missouri Enterprise Project Manager Your business is priceless to you, but do you know what your business is worth to others?  How effective are the processes you use to manage your business? Where…

Leadership Focus- Building Leadership Skills: Motivating Your Team

Written by MEP National Network’s Jessica McCune of MAMTC Motivating a team is no small task, but it is a task that should be prioritized whenever possible. Without the individuals who make up your team, the team obviously wouldn’t exist.…

Technology Focus- Industry 4.0 on a Budget: Small Manufacturers Need Technology Too

Written by MEP National Network’s Chuck Werner, Lean Technology Manager of Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center One advantage of my current role, which I did not get to experience while working full-time in manufacturing, is getting to take part in conferences…

Operations Focus- The most powerful but least-used tool to inspire efficiency

Written by MEP National Network’s Rick Winkler, IMEC Technical Specialist.  Throughout my 20+year journey with continuous improvement, I’ve helped individuals experience a wide array of necessary “tools” for executing lean continuous improvement (CI). But none are perhaps more integral for…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | IMPORTANT DETAILS INSIDE 8/2/18

Partner Training… Hoshin Kanri workshop- August 6 Webinar: Total productive maintenance & profits- August 9 Bringing the World to PA!- September 13 Manufacturing and Distribution Growth & Profitability Forum – September 18 Chief Robotics Officer (CRO) Summit- September 25-27 Resources……

Online Survey That Measures Your Company’s IoT Performance!

MPI Internet of Things Study – Competitive Benchmarks The Internet of Things (IoT) is fundamentally changing the way manufacturers compete. Is your company ready for the IoT? Find out by participating in the 2018 MPI Internet of Things Study. After completion, you’ll…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | EXCLUSIVE DETAILS INSIDE 7/19/18

Partner Training… Driving cultural engagement through Industry 4.0- July 25 Webinar – 2018 Pennsylvania Tax Update- July 26 Hoshin Kanri workshop- August 6 Webinar: Total productive maintenance & profits- August 9 Manufacturing and Distribution Growth & Profitability Forum – September…

Best Business Practices for Manufacturing

Manufacturing continues to change and evolve, which opens up a whole new world of possibilities for progressive manufacturing companies with an eye on future growth. However, keeping up with all the changes presents a challenge for manufacturing entities that must…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | VALUABLE INSIGHTS INSIDE 7/03/18

Partner Training… Driving cultural engagement through Industry 4.0- July 25 Hoshin Kanri workshop- August 6 Webinar – 2018 Pennsylvania Tax Update- July 26   Resources… Take Your HR Career to the Next Level With These Certifications The ADA and Mandatory…

What Is Six Sigma?

Six Sigma is one of today’s foremost process improvement methodologies. It introduces a set of standards for organizations to follow, with the ultimate goal of trimming operational waste and redundancy and therefore eliminating errors, defects and waste. How did Six…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE INSIDE 6/14/18

Partner Training… Robotics and AI Summit– June 18-19  Receive 30% off with code- MANTEC30 Financial Commodity Hedging: Understanding the Basics Webinar– June 21 Resources… Manufacturing Talk Radio- Cybersecurity Threats to US Manufacturing Advisory:  Continued Iranian Cyber Threats to US Private…

Smart Talk Road Trip to York Harley-Davidson

MANTEC President and CEO, John Lloyd was prominently featured on Smart Talk Road Trip held at Harley-Davidson on June 13.  The discussion included Made in America tours, manufacturing importance and Harley news. Listen to the Broadcast

New Hires and Responsibilities

MANTEC welcomed Dan Laskowitz as a new Professional Business Advisor for York County in February 2018. Dan has over 12 year of experience working in the highly-regulated medical device industry. Before MANTEC, he held the position of Engineering and Quality…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | Exclusive Details Inside 5/17/18

Partner Training… Export Documentation– May 24 Electrical Safety: How to be Safe Around the Hot Juice– May 30 Navigating the New Trust Services Criteria– May 31 Supervision Essentials– Starts June 5 in Lancaster and York Robotics and AI Summit– June…

The National-Level Economic Impact of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)

The W.E. Upjohn Institute released a new study that found the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Program generates a substantial economic and financial return of 14.5:1 for the $128 million annually invested by the…

Cybersecurity Strengthens U.S. Manufacturers

While ransomware is not new, the Wannacry attack has been so widespread that many small-business owners, manufacturers among them, have likely lost some sleep wondering if they’ve done enough to protect their systems. Could a ransomware attack be the end…

Why Every Business Should Be 9001 Certified

Quality is the top priority for any serious manufacturing entity. Companies must implement reliable quality systems in every area of the manufacturing operation if it expects to produce superior, long-lasting goods that meet their customers’ expectations. The top manufacturers in…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | SAVVY DISCUSSIONS INSIDE 4/17/18

Partner Training… Electrical Safety Training for General Industry in Williamsport– April 19 Electrical Safety Training for General Industry in State College– April 20 Surviving a potential trade war: five proven approaches to address tariff impacts– April 24 Energy Webinar– April…

Industry 4.0 Video

Over history we have experienced 3 Industrial Revolutions.  The connections through the Internet has set the stage for the greatest revolution yet. Industry 4.0 involves a range of new technologies that are fusing the physical, digital and biological worlds and…

A “Cool” Approach Addresses Skills Gap and Promotes STEM

Written by Ed Edwards, Director of Content at Thomas. There is a widening skills gap in manufacturing, with projections showing that as many as 2 million jobs may go unfilled in the decade from 2015 – 2025. The reasons behind…

Vision and Robotics: Happy Together

Written by Bruce Morey, Contributing Editor of AdvancedManufacturing.org The next “dynamic duo” may not involve humans at all. “Machine vision and robots make for a perfect marriage,” stated Klas Bengtsson, global product manager, vision systems for ABB Robotics (Auburn Hills, MI). This…

Business Growth Conference 2018 Recap

MANTEC held the 6th Annual Business Growth Conference on March 22, 2018.  The conference started as an idea to combine smaller training programs into a single day event.  The conference continues to evolve based on the needs of the manufacturers…

How Manufacturing Has Evolved in Recent Years

As anyone who has worked in the manufacturing field for the past two decades will surely agree, the industry never stays the same for long. New procedures, technologies and practices are being introduced on almost a daily basis, which makes…

Broadband Assistance Drives Job Growth

An innovative program in Pennsylvania leveraged stimulus funds to drive broadband deployment, adoption and use. Small and mid-sized businesses flourished.  Below is a snippet that mentions MANTEC’s success. MANUFACTURING IS COOL One of the technical assistance partners was MANTEC, an…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE INSIDE 3/15/18

Partner Training… Monitoring your attack surface with effective logging capabilities- March 28, 2018 Tax reform webinar series: state and local tax- March 29, 2018 Webinar – Data Analytics: How Can It Be Used?- March 29, 2018 Central PA Area Total…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | Valuable Insights Inside 2/15/18

Partner Training… Selling your business: How to think like a private equity firm– February 20 State of the Ports Address– February 22 Preparing to Buy? Topics and Tips for Buying a Business Webinar – February 22 Energy Efficiency Workshop for…

How to Improve Manufacturing Efficiency

One dictionary definition of efficiency is “the ability to accomplish something with the least possible wasted time and effort.” When applied to a manufacturing setting, efficiency refers to finding ways to produce goods faster, with the lowest consumption of resources.…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | Exclusive Details Inside 1/24/18

Partner Training… New ISO/IEC 17025 standard requires risk assessment webinar– January 30 Making Sense Out of Tax Reform & Its Impact Webinar– January 30 Economics Club Breakfast– January 31 Best Practices Workshop and Tour at Lycoming Engines– February 6 State…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | Savvy Discussions Inside 1/4/18

Partner Training… Tax reform webinar for manufacturers: What you should know– January 16 Sustainable cybersecurity for manufacturers: Managing increasing risks with limited budgets and talent– January 18 Making Sense Out of Tax Reform & Its Impact Webinar– January 30 Economics…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE INSIDE 12/20/17

Partner Training… Economics Club Breakfast– January 31 Electrical Safety Program- contact Leigh Ann if interested in hosting a free event at your location Resources… Pennsylvania apprenticeship program launched Wolf launches manufacturing initiative Energy Market Update: Factors and Trends to Consider…

How to Improve Data Collection for Manufacturing

 While some people think of manufacturing as the mechanical process of producing goods and services with machinery, equipment, and manpower, those who work in the industry understand that it is much more involved. Data collection is a key component of…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | VALUABLE INSIGHTS INSIDE 11/30/17

Partner Training… World Trade Center Harrisburg’s Annual Holiday Luncheon– December 1 Manufacturing Symposium– December 13 Resources… Pennsylvania GAP Grant Guidelines for companies with oversea activities These PR Tips Can Help You Reinvent Employee Communications Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA),…

What Is Cloud Computing and How Does It Benefit Manufacturing?

 Cloud computing is rapidly becoming an essential process in just about every industry. Manufacturing is no exception. A simple explanation of cloud computing is that it entails storing and accessing data over the internet instead of a computer’s hard drive.…

How Manufacturers Can Achieve Operational Excellence

While the concept of operational excellence is difficult to define, its attainment is vital to any manufacturing organization that wants to stay relevant in today’s highly competitive business climate. A focus on continuous improvement is usually what separates the companies…

What Is Smart Manufacturing & Why Pennsylvania Manufacturers Should Care?

It seems that manufacturing technology is changing and evolving at the speed of light. The manufacturers who are the first to harness emerging technologies are usually the ones who remain ahead of their competitors and continue to thrive in these…

Resources for DoD cyber security regulations

Deadline Looming on New Cybersecurity Standards for Defense Contractors In order to hold defense contracts beyond December 31, 2017 companies must comply with a more rigorous IT security protocol, which many firms are finding difficult to understand or implement. And with a…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | EXCLUSIVE DETAILS INSIDE 11/8/17

Partner Training… Comprehensive Capital: The role of credits and incentives in the financing package Webinar– November 9 McKonly & Asbury’s Business Seminar for Entrepreneurs – November 15 World Trade Center Harrisburg’s Annual Holiday Luncheon– December 1 Resources… Things to think…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE INSIDE 10/11/17

Partner Events… Interactive Discussion on the Language of Business– October 17 OSHA 10 and 30 Hour Training– starts October 19 ASTM E74 Explained (Webinar)- October 31 Upcoming AME Events   Resources… Ebook for Cybersecurity management in manufacturing and distribution Electricity…

Proud to Manufacture in PA Recap and Award Winners!

Thank you to the record breaking crowd to recognize the manufacturers of South Central PA.  We had a great “Keeping Your Business in Tune” panel discussion and was enlightened by Martin Guitar on “Staying Relevant for 185 Years.” View the…

The Era of Smart Manufacturing has Arrived!

Technology is touching every aspect of our lives and it seems to be changing everything we do. It is impacting the way we think, communicate and the way we are entertained.  It controls how we perform everyday tasks like driving,…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | VALUABLE INSIGHTS INSIDE 9/14/17

Partner Events… 2017 Cybersecurity Summit at Kutztown University– September 20 McKonly and Asbury’s Collaborate 2017 Conference– September 21 Catalyst Connection’s Kata Practitioner Day– September 21 RKL’s Manufacturing & Distribution Growth & Profitability Forum– September 26 YCEA’s Business After Hours at…

MANTEC’s Latest Connections | EXCLUSIVE DETAILS INSIDE 8/24/17

Partner Training… WebpageFX’s Bridging the Gap Between Offline and Online Marketing Webinar– August 30 World Trade Center Harrisburg’s Export Controls under the ITAR– August 31 Baker Tilly’s Tax, Trade and Policy Insights– September 7 ISO 9001:2015 Internal Auditor Training – September…

Excellence in Manufacturing Award 2017 Finalists

The finalists are named for the MANTEC Excellence in Manufacturing Awards.  The awards are given to South Central Pennsylvania manufacturers that have demonstrated a commitment to improving the business through Smart Manufacturing in one of the following categories: Excellence in Operational…

Understanding the Stages of Industrial Internet of Things Adoption

With the Internet of Things taking the consumer technology by storm, its factory-oriented counterpart, the Industrial Internet of Things, or IIoT, is spurring on a new revolution in manufacturing. The innovation has so much potential that some experts are calling…

Impacting Pennsylvania’s Manufacturing Economy

The Regional Economic Studies Institute recently performed an independent analysis of IRC Program impacts (for 2016) upon Pennsylvania’s manufacturing community and overall economy.  The major finding is that the IRC Program provides a $14.42 return to the treasury for every…

What to do about WannaCry Ransomware

Ransomware works by infecting a computer, locking users out of the system (usually by encrypting the data on the hard drive), and then holding the decryption or other release key ransom until the victim pays a fee, usually in bitcoin.…

2017 Annual Summary

MANTEC released the 2017 Annual Summary featuring client impacts. 10 Year Impacts include: Retained and Increased Sales- $1,058,048,024 Cost Savings- $134,481,220 Retained and Increased Jobs- 7,820 Clients invested over $500,000 into Growth and Innovation projects while more Operational Excellence & Quality projects were conducted.…

Leigh Ann Wilson named 2017 Ignite Award Recipient

The York County Economic Alliance will host the 2017 Annual Dinner on Friday, April 28 which will include an awards ceremony honoring the recipients of the Small Business of the Year, Ignite Young Professional and ATHENA awards.  The 2017 Ignite Award recipient…

Industrial Resource Center Program Credited with the Creation and Retention of 5,943 Jobs in 2016

An independent analysis performed by the Fors Marsh Group, an applied research firm based in Arlington, Virginia, credited the Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (IRC) Program with the creation and retention of 5,943 manufacturing jobs in 2016. Companies participating in IRC…

New Study Shows MEP Provides Nearly 9:1 Return to Federal Treasury

MANTEC’s federal program MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) is under threat of total elimination.  Send a communication to your representative and two senators to support manufacturing in PA and continued funding for MEP. 1. Click this link– https://cqrcengage.com/smallmanufacturers/PA#statecontent 2. Click red button Send…

“You and Me” Collaborative Robot in York

For most people, when they hear the word “robot,” they immediately picture something in their mind. In many cases, it is a complex picture of expensive equipment surrounded by fencing/guards, safety devices, control panels and lots of wires. Today, technology…

Manufacturing Video Contest Winners 2017

The “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing” student video contest between local area middle schools announced the winners during an Awards Ceremony on February 23 at the Capitol Theatre in York. The online voting held February 8-10, determined the Viewer’s Choice…

Defense Contractor Cybersecurity Requirements

The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulations (DFAR) are changing for cyber security.  Below are the minimum cyber security requirements required by a company that is currently in the Defense supply chain. These requirements must be met by December 31, 2017 unless extended…

New Hires and Responsibilities

Melynda Orr joined MANTEC as the new Staff Accountant.  In this role she will manage MANTEC’s accounts payable, accounts receivable, and other tactical finance functions.  Melynda brings varied professional experience including York Volkswagen, the City of York, Christmas Tree Shops…

Strategic Doing

Does your team work on important improvements and opportunities? Or is it always the urgent stuff? Does strategic planning seem complicated and time consuming? Is it tough to follow through and finish? Maybe you need to take a different approach.…

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