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Getting Ready for Manufacturing Day on October 1

MANUFACTURING INSTITUTE -  We’re just two months away from   MFG Day 2021 ! If you’re a manufacturer and you haven’t done so already, it’s time to start thinking about hosting an event. Amplifying the  “Creators Wanted”  message, MFG Day—which officially falls on October 1 but will be celebrated throughout the rest of the month—is manufacturing’s biggest celebration of the year, a chance for parents, students and educators to step inside the industry and see everything it has to offer. It’s nothing less than our biggest annual opportunity to “solve the workforce – development crisis,” as MI Senior Director of Student Engagement Julia Asoni put it during a   recent webinar . Here’s what you need to know. The crisis:  Manufacturers will need to hire 4 million workers between now and 2030 to account for growth and fill positions left open by retiring workers, according to a recent study by Deloitte and the MI. Yet the industry will struggle to fill just 2.1 million of those jobs. “The sol

AccelerateMS Expands Executive Team

  JACKSON (Courtesy: AccelerateMS) -  Executive Director Ryan Miller announced the addition of Bill Renick as Senior Advisor and Garrett McInnis as Deputy Director for External Affairs to the office of Accelerate Mississippi (AccelerateMS) . The additions of Renick and McInnis serve as the first step in building out the executive team of AccelerateMS , the newly created lead office for Mississippi workforce strategy. “ When Mississippi leaders created this new office, they acknowledged a need for systemic improvement and charged us with developing a cohesive, coordinated workforce strategy to get more Mississippians working in better, higher paying jobs, ” said Miller. “This is a tall task, no doubt, but I am confident with the help of proven leaders and innovators like Bill Renick and Garrett McInnis, we will do just that.”   *photo courtesy AccelerateMS Bill Renick, a lifelong public servant, most recently served thirteen years as the Workforce Division Director at the Three Ri

MDA Announces Second Round of V-Quad Grants for Technology Ventures

  JACKSON (Courtesy: Mississippi Development Authority)  – The Mississippi Development Authority invites qualified teams that are developing new products or services in the energy and agriculture technologies to participate in the “Pitch in the V-Quad” competition to be held on Aug. 26.   Each pitch must include elements that cover the team’s level of technology readiness, market readiness, team members’ competencies, use of funds and business strategy. The competition is limited to 15 teams. MDA will award three teams venture development grants totaling $25,000.   The competition is supported by the Energy Program for Innovation Clusters Prize from the U.S. Department of Energy, which MDA won to highlight the state’s technology-based entrepreneurial ecosystem. Ten teams were selected to participate in the first stage of the V-Quad accelerator program.   V-Quad’s goal is to build an innovative, virtual incubator network to support Mississippi entrepreneurs launching busines

OSHA Issues Heat Awareness Information

JACKSON -  High temperatures are always a concern during summers in Mississippi, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is reminding employers to be mindful of heat-related illnesses. OSHA says employers must evaluate their work sites to determine if they have employees exposed to life-threatening heat conditions, and, if needed, to take proactive steps to reduce exposure. OSHA provides outreach, materials, and guidance in its Heat Illness Prevention Program. Here is a list of materials available for download: Heat Illness Alert - English Heat Illness Alert - Spanish Heat Illness Poster - English Heat Illness Poster - Spanish Heat Illness Work Pamphlet - English Heat Illness Work Pamphlet - Spanish OSHA also provides free consulation under Section 21(d) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act for small employers. This consultation helps employers find and correct hazardous conditions at their worksites, as well as to improve safety systems. To schedule an on-sit

New Way Trucks Expanding in Booneville

JACKSON (Mississippi Development Authority)  – Recycling and refuse equipment manufacturer New Way Trucks is increasing production capacity in Booneville. The project is a $4 million corporate investment and will create at least 120 jobs. New Way Trucks announced in October 2019 that the company would locate operations in the former Wolverine Tube building in the Booneville/Prentiss County Industrial Park. There, employees manufacture a full line of refuse trucks designed for the collection of residential and commercial solid waste. For the expansion, New Way Trucks is opening additional manufacturing operations in a 66,000-square-foot facility purchased by Prentiss County. At the new location, employees will manufacture and fabricate parts and sub-assemblies, as well as conduct research and new product development. The new jobs will be added at both facilities.   The Mississippi Development Authority is providing assistance for building upgrades. MDA also certified New Way Trucks for

Tonya G. McCall Named Director of MSU Cavs Extension

  CANTON - Tonya G. McCall is the new Director of the MSU CAVS Extension. McCall replaces Glenn Dennis, who retired at the end of last month. She has over 25 years of engineering experience in aerospace, plant construction, home appliance, and automotive industries. McCall previously served as associate director for CAVS Extension. “I am truly honored and excited about the opportunity to direct the future efforts of the MSU CAVS Extension center,” McCall said . “Our organization provides a vital service to both the manufacturing and healthcare industries as we work to help them improve and expand their business activities.  I am looking forward to continuing to steer our services in a direction that aligns with the ever-changing needs of our industrial communities and working with our industry and academic partners to introduce emerging technologies to address the complexities of our manufacturing systems.” Prior to joining Mississippi State, McCall worked for Nissan North America and

Former MMA Chairman Lex Taylor of Taylor Group Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

WASHINGTON -  William A. “Lex” Taylor III, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Louisville-based Taylor Group, Inc., testified Thursday morning in Washington, D.C. before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The hearing was titled 'Implementing Supply Chain Resiliency,' and the purpose was to help the Committee understand the increased responsibilities given to the Department of Commerce to ensure supply chain stability. During the hearing, Taylor gave an honest assessment of the pandemic's impact on industry. "The supply chain is a disaster. Some of that is due to the shortage of generic, programmable, or hard-coded microchips. Our products, like so many others, operate via some form of computer interface, so the chip shortage is extremely concerning. In addition to the availability of the right inventory items such as chips, keeping our production lines running depends on receiving inventory on time," T

Nissan in Canton Begins Production of '22 Frontier

CANTON  – Nissan affirmed its commitment to vehicle manufacturing in Mississippi with the official start of production of the all-new  2022 Nissan Frontier  at Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant, underscoring the company's more than six decades of truck expertise in the U.S. "The all-new Frontier has surpassed our expectations – setting new standards for mid-size truck capability, technology and power," said  Tim Fallon , vice president, Nissan Canton Vehicle Assembly Plant. "The Canton plant team is full of pride and ready to produce the next generation of one of the strongest, most rugged trucks in the market."   Frontier has been built at Nissan Canton since 2012, with its engine produced at Nissan Decherd Powertrain Plant in Decherd, Tennessee.  "Nissan's decision to build the 2022 Frontier in Mississippi is a testament to our successful partnership and my administration's commitment to increasing high-tech, advanced manufacturing job opportunities f

Lex Taylor of the Taylor Group to Testify Thursday Before U.S. Senate Committee

JACKSON – William A. “Lex” Taylor III, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of the Louisville-based Taylor Group, Inc., will testify Thursday morning in Washington, D.C. before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The hearing starts at 9:30 a.m. and is titled “Implementing Supply Chain Resiliency”. The Department of Commerce (DOC) has increased responsibility in ensuring supply chain stability through various directives, including the FY21 National Defense Authorization Act and Biden Executive Order 14017. The hearing will inform Committee oversight as the DOC executes these new directives. Taylor was elected to the Taylor Group Board of Directors in 1981 and was elected Chairman of the Board in 2008. He also served as Chairman of the Board for the Mississippi Manufacturers Association from 2010-2011. To watch the hearing, follow this  link .

NAM Announces 2021 STEP Ahead Award Winners

 The Manufacturing Institue announced its list of 130 nominees for this year's STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Awards. These yearly awards recognize women in manufacturing who exemplify excellence from the factory floor to the C-suite. To date, the awards have honored 932 women. The award is a part of the STEP Women's Initiative, which also consists of a professional leadership development program and regional STEP Forward events throughout the year. To view this year's nominees, click the link below!

Industry Week Analyzes COVID's Effect on the Manufacturing Industry

INDUSTRYWEEK - Typically, the   IndustryWeek U.S. 500   serves as a vital market index, measuring the impact of a full fiscal year’s worth of activity in the manufacturing sector. Typically, tallying year-end bottom- line metrics and key profitability and operational factors for the 500 largest public U.S. manufacturers provides clear and unmistakable insight into the real-world results of any micro or macroeconomic events in the industry—from strikes to tax cuts, from innovations to recessions. Typically, year-over-year movements up and down this ranking demonstrate lasting trends in the industry—the longterm rise of tech or the slow decline of the petrochemical and coal industries, for example. Typically, the IW U.S. 500 report provides the missing details of these ongoing, predictable trends, and it is typically used to make the next year’s trends even more predictable. But 2020 was anything but typical, and the numbers it recorded serve as a stark reminder of just how painful it wa

Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith Visits MMA Member Taylor Machine Works

LOUISVILLE -  The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and The Taylor Group of Companies hosted United States Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) for a special   I Make America   event at Taylor Machine Works in Louisville, Mississippi. The event highlighted the importance of American equipment manufacturing and celebrated the men and women who work hard every day to build a better and brighter future for themselves and their communities. “Taylor Machine Wo rks, as a dynamic and strategic manufacturer for almost a century, is a credit to Mississippi,” said Senator Hyde-Smith. “Taylor and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers understand that enacting a national infrastructure plan can increase their ability to boost its employment and economic contributions to our state and nation. I want to work in the Senate to help overcome significant hurdles and pass a responsible plan that rebuilds our infrastructure, strengthens our manufacturing base, and helps revitalize rural commu