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This issue features several timely topics, including supply chain management and logistics, plastics, and metalworking and fabricating. In the COVID-19 era, the norms of supply chain logistics have been thrown out, and companies are discovering that the processes that once worked well to keep costs down are actually driving up the cost of doing business. In this issue, we feature several editorials that discuss the new challenges to supply chain, and how manufacturers, suppliers, warehouses and ports and depots are handling these new realities. Read more...

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Automation, Technology & Workforce Changes in Metalworking
Automation, Technology & Workforce Changes in Metalworking Over the last few years, the metalworking and fabrication industry has been tested due to advances in technology and workforce dynamics, and then the global COVID-19 pandemic hit, which presented further challenges. Nevertheless, the future is looking bright for this industry for those who are willing and able to adapt to changing times. Read more...
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How to Build Resilient Supply Chains
When COVID-19 threw fragile global supply chains into disarray, many companies were stunned by their own vulnerability. The risk of depending on a supply base that is concentrated in one geographic region has been increasing over the past 30 years, but the pandemic quickly demonstrated how much chaos and pain one unexpected event could inflict. Read more...
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How to Build Resilient Supply Chains
Site Selection Considerations for the Plastics Industry
Site Selection Considerations for the Plastics Industry From manufacturing to processing, the plastics industry has become a force from the national level down through local communities. A single plastics manufacturing plant can bring hundreds, if not thousands, of skilled jobs to a community. It’s a supply chain that has localized requirements, while also creating a vertical that reaches suppliers regionally and interstate. Read more...
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Ports and Depots
In 2020, the U.S. imported goods valued at $2.8 trillion from international trading partners and exported $2.1 trillion. These goods flowed through American sea and river ports, road or rail, depots, and airports. Ports are critical to the economic health of the country: they put goods on shelves, sustain employment and help businesses turn profits. Read more...
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