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Manufacturing Today continues to take
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to remain competitive and grow their operations in the face of challenges. We would love
to hear from companies that have a plan in
place for 2014 and how they are bringing
strength to their own operations and local
economies. If you are part of a regional group
or coalition, creating best practices for the
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The American manufacturing industry continues to gain strength, and many see 2014 as
an exciting year for the strength of the
national economy. There are still challenges
that U.S. manufacturing must overcome, but
what makes people optimistic is the vast
dedication of national, state and local leaders to push forward and fight for the nation's
place in the global market.
This is why Manufacturing Today wanted to
kick off 2014 with a focus on U.S. manufacturing. We spoke to Scott Paul, president of
the Alliance for American Manufacturing,
about what makes him excited about the
country's prospects, and we talked with
Andy Zynga, CEO of NineSigma, about how
executives can drive innovation in their
manufacturing operations.
Additionally, in this issue we highlighted
several organizations that are working at the
local level to drive their regions' growth by
connecting manufacturers to schools, training their area's workforces and giving individual manufacturers the tools to boost their
competitiveness. These groups are invaluable to smaller manufacturers that don't
have the internal resources to do much of
this work on their own.

B UY AMERICAN

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
Jason Quan
PROJECT COORDINATORS
Doug Brown, James Fuller, Darryl Hudson,
Dan Johnson, Duncan McGougan,
Matt Morrissey, Eukeda Norfleet, Harsh Trivedi

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