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The Center-West and MiBiz are teaming up to present an industrial-strength quarterly webinar series focused on best practices for small and mid-sized manufacturers. Each webinar in the 2020 series — Back to Manufacturing Basics — will feature experts on the topic at hand as well as Michigan manufacturers sharing their stories. The 50-minute webinars will provide actionable, real-world information to help manufacturers improve their efficiency, enhance quality and drive profitability.        


Design for Manufacturing & Assembly

February 11, 2020 - Part 1


Learn how small- and mid-sized manufacturers use Design for Manufacturing & Assembly as a core tenet of their product development efforts. We’ll highlight best practices for research, analysis, cross-functional teams and development processes that can help you rapidly create and validate designs that require the least time, material and capital resources. Watch the weinbar video here.

Bonus Webinar: Design for Manufacturing & Assembly

March 17, 2020 - Part 2


You’ll learn how Grand Haven, Mich.-based GHSP is implementing Design for Manufacturing and Assembly in its five operations facilities around the globe. The supplier of mechanical and electromechanical systems to the auto, transportation and appliance industries is two years into a five-year journey, having conducted over 20 DFMAs globally with a projected cost avoidance of more than $50 million. Watch the webinar here.


Core Competencies & Growth

May 12, 2020


Identifying your key capabilities and resources can be an important first step to creating new growth opportunities for manufacturers. In this webinar, we’ll discuss processes for assessing your core strengths and share proven strategies for leveraging your key advantages to develop new products, new applications and new markets for your company. Watch the webinar here.    


Building Your Culture

August 11, 2020


Life is changing rapidly for manufacturers and their employees as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. As priorities shift, many companies are finding that their company culture is shifting, too. How can you, as a leader, embrace those changes and take an intentional approach to building your company’s culture for the future? This 50-minute webinar will feature experts from the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West and executive coaching firm Shepherd Advisors. They’ll share best practices for building culture and amplifying your values to assemble a high-functioning team that’s ready to take on the evolving challenges and changes ahead. Watch the webinar here.


Investing in Leadership

November 12, 2020


Promoting operations staff to manufacturing management positions can often be a recipe for failure. The reason: Employees who are good at their job often lack natural leadership skills to step into those new roles. An investment in leadership training can help. Join us for a panel-style webinar on best practices for training team leaders, plant managers and other middle-management workers. Watch the webinar here.


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