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American Manufacturers Can Lead Their Industry with ERP Software

American manufacturing has been experiencing a lot of exciting changes and growth this year. As the industry expands and evolves, those manufacturers interested in becoming leaders in their sector and prime examples of strong business practices should implement ERP software systems into their operations.

New workers, new plant
The Associated Press reported that Ford Motor Co. announced that in response to the growing popularity of their newest Transit van, they will be adding 1,200 new employees to the plant that assembles the vehicles. Along with the workers, another shift has been added to the schedule at the designated Missouri plant. These new hires are expected to begin in late November. In 2011, Ford made a promise to the United Auto Workers to create new jobs. Since then, the corporation has generated 14,000 positions, exceeding the original number they had cited.

Over in Mississippi, Entertainment Close-Up stated that GreenTech Automotive has completed construction on a new plant. The manufacturer will begin producing energy-efficient cars in the fourth quarter of this year. According to the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, creating cars that operate with better fuel efficiency is a priority. It will help the U.S. economy, national security and overall health of residents.

Manufacturing new technology
In California, companies within the technology industry primarily located in Silicon Valley are hard at work developing modern manufacturing processes. According to InfoWorld, during an event hosted by Verizon and the National Association of Manufacturers recently, the idea that technology is the ticket to increasing America’s status as a leader in the manufacturing industry saturated the discussions.

Some of the major developments taking place at the conference were air conditioning units that alert technicians when they need servicing and large farm tractors that plant crop seeds for farmers, both with the help of innovative technology efforts. These items are being manufactured to improve the efficiency of many routine, day-to-day operations that Americans consider important to their jobs and quality of life. This type of exploration and development benefits manufacturing companies and the people that rely on them for jobs and products.

Bringing manufacturing back home
ABC affiliate WTVA reported on the Reshoring Summit at Mississippi State that took place recently. Many large corporations, including Wal-Mart, made commitments to bring their manufacturing business and operations back to the U.S. The initiative helped reestablish 40,000 jobs in 2013. Companies are now looking closely at the way they produce goods and deciding that manufacturing overseas is not as cost-effective or beneficial to the U.S. as is creating facilities at home. This bodes incredibly well for the manufacturing industry and all sectors within it. It means people are reinvesting in and thinking about the future of the nation. It means that labor previously moved to countries like China will slowly start working its way back to American workers.

Investing in the future
Also reported by the Associated Press was the $32 million grant given by Siemens to Central Piedmont Community College in North Carolina. The money is to be used for the school’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics departments, enhancing the quality of subject matter taught and resources available to students. More advanced programs will now be available in the STEM subjects.

President and CEO of Siemens PLM Software, Chuck Grindstaff, attributed the resurgence of the U.S. manufacturing industry to a software revolution. Many managers are having trouble finding skilled workers to fill positions critical to the success of their corporations. With the Siemens grant comes an opportunity for students to participate in an apprentice program, which will teach them in depth subject matter and working knowledge of the manufacturing industry.

In order to keep up with these exciting developments, manufacturers should be utilizing ERP software to maintain high standards in their operations and efficient production.

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