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3D Printing Provides Vibrant Opportunities for American Manufacturing

By Michele Nash-Hoff

The 3D printing industry has experienced consistent and stable growth over the past decade, disrupting multiple industries. 3D printing and other additive manufacturing processes have made huge advancements in technology over the last several years and are playing a key role in reshoring mass production for companies in the USA. Constant improvements to materials and processes in 3D printing are being developed nearly on a daily basis.


Among the many benefits that 3D printing can offer are:


California Targets Manufacturing Industry to Reduce Pollution

By Michele Nash-Hoff

On September 14, 2022, I had the pleasure of attending the California Metal Coalition quarterly meeting in San Diego held at the offices of C & H Machine in Escondido. The CMC website states: “California is home to 4,000 metalworking facilities, employing over 350,000 Californians with high-paying manufacturing jobs and health benefits.   Jobs provided by our industry are the path to the middle class for many Californians.”

Reinventing Education – Students Learning “how to think – not what to think” for New Collar Workforce

By Michele Nash-Hoff


Our non-profit Industry Reimagined 2030 has identified some prevailing misperceptions about manufacturing that must be dispelled if we want to be successful in growing the supply of available recruits for manufacturing jobs.  These are that “manufacturing is in inevitable decline” and “manufacturing jobs are dumb, dirty and not well paying.”


ITIF Report Assesses Competitiveness of North American States

On June 21, 2022, the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation conducted a webinar entitled, “Assessing the Competitiveness of North America: The North American Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index,” based on a report by Luke Dascoli and Stephen Ezel of ITIF, and prepared in collaboration with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Fundación IDEA, and the Bay Area Economic Council Institute.

The Manufacturing Institute Grows FAME’s Technical Training Program

By Michele Nash-Hoff

In late 2019, I interviewed Dennis Dio Parker for an article published in early 2020. At that time, Dennis headed up the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME), founded by Toyota as an outgrowth of training that provided for employees when they built their new manufacturing plant for vehicles in Georgetown, KY in 1987.

Becoming a Lean Enterprise is Critical to Rebuilding American Manufacturing

By Michele Nash-Hoff

When I wrote the chapter on what manufacturers can do to save themselves for my first book, Can American Manufacturing be Saved? Why we should and how we can, published in 2009, one of my top recommendations was to begin the Lean journey to become a Lean manufacturer.

How To Have A Secure Supply Chain

By Michele Nash-Hoff

For more than the first 150 years of its history, the United States was a protectionist country in order to protect its fledgling manufacturing industries and then gain preeminence as an industrial nation in the 20th century.  We had secure supply chain until after WWII because we imported very little and were pretty much self-sufficient for consumer goods as well as goods for our national defense.


Imperial Capital Conference Highlights Vibrant Opportunity for Advanced Manufacturing Sector

By Michele Nash-Hoff

The non-profit Industry Reimagined 2030 was pleased to speak at the second annual Imperial Capital Advanced Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference, held on April 13-14 in Santa Monica, CA and sponsored by Moss Adams, The Association for Manufacturing Technology, Smart Room, and Marsh.