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September/October 2009
September/October 2009

While having a relaxed dinner the other night, my husband and I had another one of our little "dream sessions" - we chatted about some of the things we're looking forward to doing when we retire. One of the things at the top of my (long) list is travel...but with a twist! I would love to make a trip that centers around visiting different manufacturing facilities. To be honest, I really don't care what they're manufacturing; I just find it fascinating to watch all of those machines turning raw materials into finished products.

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Global competitiveness has forced many companies to re-evaluate preconceived notions regarding the availability of skilled and qualified workers at home. The assumption is no longer that only low-skilled repetitive tasks will be sent offshore. Instead, the location of production is being governed more and more by market access and supply chain networks as opposed to low cost for the final assembled product; although cost is, and will continue to be, an important driver.   more...

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