The Weekly Report – October 18, 2021
The State of Manufacturing in 2021
October 18, 20214 min read
At the risk of getting too excited about the 2021 State of Manufacturing – yes, this is the second Weekly Report extoling the reasons to attend our biggest event of the year – please do join us from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 10th at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest.
Our national pollster, Rob Autry, Founder of Meeting Street Insights, will reveal his analysis of the insights manufacturers throughout Minnesota shared with him and we’ll also touch on the 15 focus groups of manufacturers that took place in September. The SOM looks at the successes, opportunities, and challenges facing Minnesota manufacturing executives and this event provides manufacturers, other business industries, public policymakers, educators, and economic developers an opportunity to network and reflect on the survey analysis together.
New this year, our president & CEO Bob Kill will moderate a panel discussion with four of Enterprise Minnesota’s top consultants: Keith Gadacz, Steve Haarstad, Abbey Hellickson, and Greg Langfield. Collectively each works every day with small and medium size manufacturing companies to help them with strategy, revenue growth, talent and leadership, continuous improvement, business management systems, and solve all sorts of business challenges at our manufacturing peer councils.
They will share their reflections and expertise on this year’s SOM data and offer their thoughts on how manufacturers can navigate business in the months and years ahead.
Will COVID-19 have a greater or lesser impact on manufacturers’ ability to do business? How will workforce challenges affect the industry? Is technology playing a role? Are cyber security issues impacting business? Is supply chain as big a factor as is seen in news reports? Is the cost of healthcare still a top issue? And are manufacturers still the optimists we have always said they are?
Come find out. We believe the SOM might be the most informative and useful industry event you attend all year because you may meet a new customer, a new supplier, new vendor, and/or a new referral. The COVID economy has everyone itching to get back together!
We invite you to attend this year’s State of Manufacturing event, which will be live and in-person. We think you’ll walk away with valuable information.
For more information or to register, please visit our website.
October 21 – Investing In Your People to Create Leaders At All Levels
Talent and leadership development expert Abbey Hellickson will be demonstrating why leadership development is critical in today’s environment and how to determine key competencies for your organization . Online via Zoom Learn more and register
November 10 – State of Manufacturing® survey release event
The State of Manufacturing 2021 will be an excellent opportunity to celebrate Minnesota’s manufacturing industry with hundreds of your fellow manufacturers and all who work in support of the industry. Learn more and register to attend.
November 18 – Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement
Expert Ally Johnston will show you how small daily improvements can add significant value by compounding over time and how employee engagement is key to CI and overall employee retention. Online via Zoom Learn more and register
December 14 – Strategic Planning for Manufacturers
Strategy and Revenue Growth expert Steve Haarstad will demonstrate ways to approach strategic planning for the short and long term and why strategic planning shouldn’t be solely for the CEO. Online via Zoom Learn more and register
Growing Rochester firm breaks into new glass recycling market
Watson Recycling, in Rochester, has broken into a new market by inventing a one-of-a-kind machine to recycle architectural glass. October 16, Post Bulletin Read more
A St. Joseph duo are entering the market for short-range, low speed cars
The father-son duo of Tom and Sean Skahen are about a month away from launching the Opus No. 3 vehicle, a short-range, electric car that reaches 35 mph. October 14, St. Cloud Times Read more
Supply chain issues force creative solutions for companies
Fastenal said its quarterly profit went up 10%, but the factory supplier had to scramble to get equipment and hardware to their customers. October 12, Star Tribune Read more
Cirrus sees clearer skies ahead
As traditional travel habits have changed, the market for private airplanes surged and Duluth-based Cirrus Aircraft sees a bright future in increased demand. October 11, Bemidji Pioneer Read more
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