Impact of Ukraine war on industry

May 1st, 2022

General George Armstrong Custer was noted for saying, “It’s not how many times you get knocked down that count, it’s how many times you get back up.” While Custer eventually got knocked down one too many times, there is still a lesson to be learned here. Getting knocked down is a part of business and […]

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Strategies that can change the workplace and workforce

March 1st, 2019

Picture this: It’s bedtime and children are getting their goodnight kisses. The parents wish them sweet dreams, leave the room and close the door behind them. With their defenders gone, the children begin their nightly debate: Is the boogeyman here? And if so, what exactly are they going to do about it? The boogeyman comes […]

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Outside expertise: how to find affordable, professional help when you need it

March 1st, 2018

While most owners of small- and medium-size businesses know the details of their companies intimately, there are often highly technical matters of law, accounting, management and marketing that are best handled by outside experts. Attorneys, accountants, and management and marketing advisers have specialized knowledge about niche areas that few business owners can hope to duplicate. […]

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How to expand into new market segments without sacrificing core products

October 1st, 2017

For many custom fabricators, diversification is the name of the game. Recognizing—and seizing—opportunities to venture into new market segments can mean the difference between staying in business or (perish the thought) going under. But companies can also become too diversified, to the point where potential clients don’t have a clear idea of what’s being made […]

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Recent tax changes

March 1st, 2016

Tax savings from another late law. Once again, lawmakers waited until late in the year to pass another “extenders” bill. The new “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015” retroactively extends quite a few tax-saving provisions, many of them quite narrow in scope such as those for film and theater producers, NASCAR® racetrack […]

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Back to shore

January 1st, 2016

Jeff Schmitt balances the reality of off-shore manufacturing with how to bring production back to the U.S. "At the end of the day we’ve got to figure out ways to be competitive,” says Jeff Schmitt, senior vice president of operations for The Coleman Company Inc., Golden, Colo. “As the person responsible for both the U.S. […]

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Tapping into innovation

December 14th, 2015

Innovation doesn’t always come easily, but creating a culture that fosters creativity can improve the process (and results) of continuous improvement. Every company knows that innovation is vital, but knowing how to innovate is a different matter. Why are some companies able to launch one new idea or product after the next while others stagnate? […]

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Rainier moves to larger headquarters

September 1st, 2008

When showcasing shelter solutions such as tents, yurts and fabric cottages, a bigger facility is better. In July, Rainier Industries, Seattle, Wash., moved a short distance from its previous headquarters into a new 140,000-square-foot facility with ample space for five in-house divisions (wood, fabric, frame, print and technical), showrooms and a Yurt Village. Rainier manufactures […]

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L.A. investment firm acquires Moss

September 1st, 2008

Century Park Capital Partners, Los Angeles, Calif., invested in a company with competitive products and strong growth by acquiring Moss Inc., Lincolnwood, Ill., in July. Moss manufactures fabric-based visual solutions for exhibit, event and retail displays. “We look forward to supporting Moss as the company seeks to expand both organically and through add-on acquisitions,” says […]

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AW Specialty Papers adds Carla Hoag to sales team

September 1st, 2008

AW Specialty Papers, Elk Grove Village, Ill., has added Carla Hoag to its sales team. Hoag will be responsible for inside sales, specializing in wide format heat transfer products. She has 25 years of experience in the paper industry, previously working at Wyndstone Specialty Papers, a division of Lewis Paper International. See www.awspecialtypapers.com.

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