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Douglas Corporation Heads to Tampa for IBEX

Douglas Corporation will be attending the International Boatbuilders Exhibition & Conference at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida. The IBEX show is a great opportunity for individuals to learn about new products, innovated technologies, attend training seminars and much more. The IBEX Show is the largest technical marine event in the world and will be on Setember 30 – October 2. This event is ideal for anyone interested in marine sales, maintenance, design or anything else related to the marine industry. Come visit Douglas Corporation at booth #1643!

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Hastest Solutions, Inc. To Attend The LED Show

Hastest Solutions, Inc. has plans to attend this year’s LED Show conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, California. This event will be held on September 16th -18th where many industry will be participating and contributing new ideas while offering extensive learning opportunities for guests.

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Iowa Prepared for New EPA Carbon Standard

Iowa is a state that is known for their success in the food processing industry. This state is on the forefront of designing the latest innovations in the manufacturing food packaging solutions and a wide variety of other agriculture machinery. However Iowa is not limited to just the agriculture industry. Iowa is a leading state that develops construction equipment, electrical equipment and heavy duty machinery for various different industries. The economy in Iowa is expanding and there have been recent opportunities that will allow the solar and wind energy sectors to continue to grow. The state of Iowa handles issues such as renewable energy very serious and there are a number of organizations in Iowa that are working hard to make this state a national leader in the renewable energy industry.

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Maine Leads Nation In Bio-Based Manufacturing

Maine is an example of a state that understands the importance of researching and investing in products that are not only economical beneficial but also have a positive impact on the environment. In recent news there was an announcement that the Environmental Health Strategy Center in Maine has received a grant of $100,000 to assist with develop the latest advances in bio-based manufacturing. The ESHC has led the nation in developing solutions for protecting humans from a variety of harmful chemicals including: arsenic, lead, mercury and more. This organization not only strives for creating safe options to improve health but also to boost economic develop through designing alternative solutions.

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Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute to Revitalize Illinois Manufacturing

Plans are developing for the new Illinois manufacturing hub formally known as the Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute. This innovation center will be located at Goose Island and it is estimated to cost $320 million. The White House officially announced that $70 million of federal money will be used to help create the DMDI while the remaining $250 million will be funded through state and private organizations. There are 41 companies, 23 universities/labs, and 9 other organizations partnered together to make the DMDI Institute a success. This innovation hub is just one of many new institutions that have been announced across the United States however as the name states this center will specialize in technologies regarding digital innovations and design techniques.

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Illinois Unemployment Hits Record Low

There have been some very interesting reports coming from companies, organizations and government officials in the state of Illinois. One very exciting report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Illinois Department of Employment Security shows that the unemployment rate for Illinois has drop to 7.9 percent. Not only is this a decrease from previous months but this marks the lowest rate since 2008. The Illinois economy is making a very successful rebound and there have been a number of initiatives to ensure the fiscal stability of this state.

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Ohio Revitalizing Manufacturing

The state of Ohio has made some serious efforts to improve their manufacturing sectors, from investing into the new American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute to the creating the Center for Design and Manufacturer Excellence at Ohio State University. Ohio is on the right track for not only creating economic opportunities in the short run but also for sustaining long term jobs that will encourage many companies to choose products that are manufactured right here in the United States.

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Manufacturing Growth in South Carolina

South Carolina has a long history of automotive manufacturing and this state has been influenced by the positive increases in the growth of domestic manufacturing. According to a recent report April has shown improved manufacturing for a third straight month. The Institute for Supply Management said national factory activity rose from 53.7 in March to 54.9 in April. There have been a number of expansions announced by major automotive manufacturers in South Carolina and it is estimated that overall manufacturing will continue to grow in the coming months. Interesting enough South Carolina is home to over 250 different automotive manufacturing facilities and there are a number of factors that contribute to South Carolina’s appeal for these automotive companies.

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Connecticut Aims to Attract New Generations of Skilled Workers

Local industries are on the rise in the state of Connecticut. Many manufacturers are optimistic of the growing market and there have been a number of steps taken to create a business-friendly environment for this state. According to the Manufacturing Alliance of Connecticut, a majority of manufacturers are predicting a positive growth in their industry and show confidence in not only increasing their sales in the future but also show interest in increase their employment levels. Major manufacturers rely on Connecticut products to supply the components for advanced industries such as aerospace. This industry offers over 40,000 statewide and Connecticut is know as the second-highest provider of aerospace and advanced manufacturing jobs per capita in the nation.

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New York Manufacturers are Seeing Positive Signs for Growth

The state of New York has seen some very interesting economic fluctuation in the past few weeks. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has reported a decrease in actual new order requests for manufacturers however overall the outlook is very optimistic. According to the New York Fed the manufacturing index has fallen to 1.3 for the month of April. This is a significant drop from the index which was at 5.6 in March. Despite the index dropping the hopeful thing about the current index is any number still above the zero mark is considered an improving market. For general business the Fed has expected that the index increases to 38.2.

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Kentucky’s Automotive Industry to Expand

There has been exciting news recently regarding the future of Kentucky’s automotive industry. Governor Steve Beshear has announced a new group that is designed to the status of the state’s industry sector. The newly formed Kentucky Automotive Industry Association will become a paramount factor to the growth of a healthy automotive market for the state. This association is a collaboration of government officials and industry leaders from some of the most successful automotive companies in the nation. Kentucky is already known for their accomplishments in creating highly efficient lightweight cars. Last year Kentucky was ranked third in overall light weight vehicle production with more than 1.2 million vehicles manufactured. In just 2013 this state exported a record breaking achievement of $5.5 billion. The Kentucky automotive industry employs nearly 82,000 people and the figures are estimated to rise as nearly 300 motor vehicle-related projects have already been reported.

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Tennessee Top Ranked For Automotive Manufacturing Strength

Tennessee is a state with a rich variety of industries. This state is known for not only overcoming economic struggles but creating a positive economy in which businesses are investing. Tennessee has a reputation as one of most successful automotive manufacturing industries in the nation. Tennessee is working on their 5th consecutive year as the No. 1 state for Automotive Manufacturing Strength ranking by Business Facilities. The automotive industry is extremely important to the economic health of this state as nearly 94,000 Tennesseans work in this sector according to the Brookings Institution.

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Optimizing for Local Search

One exceedingly important factor for maintaining an online presence for businesses is to have websites which are optimized for local searches. For some businesses, local search is key component for overall marketing as many local search queries are performed via smart phone and tablet. According to Moz, nearly 7 billion searches are localized every month and it estimated that is figure will only continue to rise in the coming years. Major search engines are always on the move, creating changes in how their search algorithms pull content from websites and produce search results. Local search exposure is one of the key factors to generating more sales and companies offering SEO services can help you with determining the best optimizations to help your business show up on local searches.

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Fake Web Traffic Costs Advertisers Billions

Fake web traffic, bogus publishing, advertising for “invisible” web visitors; this crisis goes by many names and is costing digital advertisers billions a year with an estimated 36% of fake traffic. One of the biggest concerns with this type of fraud is that it will not likely stop anytime soon. Every year companies are putting more money into digital advertising with a predicated total of nearly $50 billion in U.S. digital media advertising for this year. This equates to 28% of the total media ad spending which has followed suit with the continuous growth of web advertising over the past few years. Five years ago digital advertising only made up 16% of all advertising. The rise of mobile technology and online purchasing has been a few of the main factors as to why there has been such a drastic increase in digital advertising.

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Massachusetts Forecast Economic Growth and Thriving Creative Industry

There has been some very exciting news for Massachusetts business in recent times. The Cambridge Innovation Center has recently announced they will be opening an outpost in Boston which will result in more opportunities for growing businesses. This center will be located in the Financial District and will serve as office space for approximately 300 startup companies. It is an ideal time for startup companies to emerge as the economy continues to see a healthy growth. Many businesses are showing signs of improvements and confidence in our market. According to the National Association of Manufacturers 86.1 percent of manufacturers believe their business outlook is positive. Many manufacturers are reporting they are having the best business outlook in two years.

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Florida Hits Manufacturing Growth Records

The economy is looking promising for Florida as we are about to enter into the next fiscal quarter. We are seeing a major boost in small manufacturers across the state, specifically in Orlando, where factories are creating a wide range of products such as high-tech photonics systems, waterproof ammunition coatings and even ice cream machines. As the economy stabilizes after this rough winter we are estimated to see an even larger job growth. Although unemployment has risen to 6.7% there were 175,000 new jobs in the U.S. economy for the month of February which is up from the 129,000 added in January.

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Texas Awarded for Economic Success: Manufacturing Production Increasing

Texas is a state of economic prowess and has been recently awarded with yet another Governor’s Cup from Site Selection Magazine. This is the fifth time this award has been given to Texas under Gov. Rick Perry’s direction. In 2013 Texas had 657 qualifying projects which included projects that had a capital investment of at least $1 million, 20,000 or more sq. ft. of new construction or created 50 or more new jobs. There are many factors that contribute to the success of Texas and most notably the statewide low taxes, highly skilled workers and investment into the newest innovations. The state of Texas is also known as a top state for international exports due to low regulatory conditions.

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Pennsylvanian Gas Boom and Innovative Metal Future

There has been an announcement of a gas boom in recent Pennsylvania news. This natural gas boom is estimated to spark a growth of business for many manufacturing companies. Business leaders are hoping the increase of gas flow from the Marcellus shale will improve sales for plastic and steelmaking industries. There is a call for more drillers to help keep prices low as more people are to utilize this gas. Manufacturers who supply the sophisticated drilling tools and steel pipelines will see profits. It is also estimated by the Department of Energy the chemical industry will be one of the main industries to benefit from the surge of gas.

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Detroit Announced for Metal Manufacturing Institute

The Lightweight and Modern Metals Manufacturing Innovation Institute also known as the LM3I is announced as one of the first three manufacturing innovation centers in the nation. A Detroit-area consortium, composed of universities, businesses and other organizations, has won the $148-million bid for this highly advanced institute which will focus on researching and pioneering the newest lightweight metals. This facility is to be headquartered in Canton and is estimated by officials at the University of Michigan to bring 10,000 jobs to the area within the next five years. The LM3I will receive $70 million from the U.S. Department of Defense and $78 million from the consortium.

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Georgia’s Skilled Labor Gap and Growing International Trade

The state of Georgia is on the rise for 2014 due to a prosperous manufacturing sector and increased international trade. However this economic growth comes with very unique challenges which need to be addressed to allow Georgia to reach full manufacturing potential. This state is recognized for their global exports with over 1,700 international headquarters which represent 43 countries. Georgian companies make products that the world wants however there is lack of skilled workers to manufacture and design a variety of these newer technologies. For example there is an increased demanded for machinists and company owners are eager to hire but they cannot find qualified employees to fill these roles. This situation is not due to a lack of population. In fact the state is seeing a rise in migration as many individuals have a growing confidence in the success of Georgia. Reports show that the housing sector is drastically growing and the construction of new single-family homes is increasing to 36 percent.

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