Mature Employees Wanted

Mature Employees Wanted

Although millennials are the largest demographic group, their growth in the workplace is outpaced by those ages 65-plus. And that has its advantages, according to a Dec. 7 article by Deloitte, a professional services network based in London. First the stats: The U.S. labor market is projected to grow at an average rate of 0.6% […]

Information, Please

Information, Please

The night before I wrote this column, I discussed it with my husband. I told him I’d like to write something related to our cover feature on workforce training. Then, being the wonderful idea guy that he is, he started brainstorming around the idea of training. I found it fascinating that all of his thoughts about […]

Training Camp: Help Employees Develop Skills for the Factory Floor

Training Camp: Help Employees Develop Skills for the Factory Floor

Nearly a half million manufacturing jobs sit unfilled in the United States, partly the result of a robust economy and unemployment levels at or near record levels across the 50 states. The National Association of Manufacturers, a trade group based in Washington, D.C., projects 2.4 million manufacturing posts will go unfilled in the coming decade, […]

Making a bed was never this easy

Making a bed was never this easy

BY GARY JAMES Backed by software and automation, equipment suppliers reveal new machines and entire production lines designed to take much of the hard labor out of manufacturing mattresses Always on the lookout for ways to improve the efficiency, safety, productivity and ergonomics of today’s mattress- and pillow-making operations, machinery makers introduced a range of […]

Serta Simmons Bedding consolidates West Coast manufacturing at new mega-sized plant

Serta Simmons Bedding consolidates West Coast manufacturing at new mega-sized plant

Atlanta-based Serta Simmons Bedding LLC has doubled its manufacturing footprint in Moreno Valley, California, with the opening of a 533,000-square foot plant. The facility is the third of four large plants to come online as part of the mattress major’s announced $100 million investment in its extensive manufacturing network. The new facilities each produce both […]

Harrison Spinks invests in wire-drawing plant

Harrison Spinks invests in wire-drawing plant

Luxury bed manufacturer Harrison Spinks, with headquarters in Leeds, England, has invested $2.5 million in a new wire-drawing facility at British Steel’s campus in Scunthorpe, England. The vertically integrated bedding maker, which was founded in 1840, will use a 40,000-square-foot building belonging to the steel producer to house two wire-drawing lines, set to be installed […]

Some U.S. companies bring manufacturing home

Some U.S. companies bring manufacturing home

After decades of American companies sending manufacturing overseas, the tide has turned and some businesses are bringing production back to the United States, according to an Oct. 26, 2017, article on Inc.com. In 2016, manufacturing jobs increased by 30,000 as a result of reshoring, according to the Reshoring Initiative, a nonprofit headquartered in Kildeer, Illinois. […]

Putting the 5S philosophy to work

Putting the 5S philosophy to work

BY JULIE A. PALM Lean manufacturing techniques and a clean, well-organized facility can reduce waste, improve efficiencies and boost profits A decades-old lean manufacturing technique that helps reduce waste, increase productivity and product quality, improve worker safety, and create a climate of continuous improvement could give you a significant advantage over your competitors today. We’re talking […]

Tempur Sealy raises guidance at close of 2nd quarter

Tempur Sealy raises guidance at close of 2nd quarter

Manufacturing major Tempur Sealy International Inc. reported net sales of $659.3 million in the second quarter, an 18% decrease compared with the second fiscal quarter of 2016. On a constant-currency basis, the Lexington, Kentucky-based company’s total net sales decreased 17.2%. Gross margin was 40.7%, compared with 41.9% in the prior-year quarter. Net income under U.S. […]

Wright Global Graphics opens new plant in China

Wright Global Graphics opens new plant in China

Printing and marketing solutions provider Wright Global Graphics, headquartered in Thomasville, North Carolina, has expanded its manufacturing operations in China. The company’s new 32,000-square-foot factory in Guangdong province is 52% larger than its previous facility there, the company said in a news release. The plant remains in the city of Foshan in the Shunde district, […]