Commentary

Smart manufacturing starts with people, not machines

By STEVEN L. BLUE    Someone asked me recently my thoughts on “smart manufacturing.” The so-called IT revolution in the factory. They couldn’t believe that I didn’t see smart manufacturing as the salvation of American manufacturing.    Don’t misunderstand me. Smart manufacturing has a place in reviving American manufacturing. I have a smart factory. We employ the…

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Little disruption in workforce foreseen as Amazon hires 1,000

By Dr. TIMOTHY SULLIVAN    The recent announcement that Amazon will locate two new facilities in Madison County and hire 1,000 workers is good news for the region. But could these new jobs also create hiring issues in Madison County? Are there enough workers available in the region? Could the good news of Amazon’s arrival be…

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