When Guy Gardner bought Quality Plastics in Sparks in 1983, the company had a single piece of technology: a photocopier. Today, the company’s staff of 35 relies extensively on the tools of technology to design and manufacture often-complex plastics products for business-to- business, business-to- government and business-to-consumer markets.
I’ve worked with manufacturing companies all around the world for the past 15+ years and one of the largest misconceptions I’ve come across is the notion that you have to manufacture outside of places like the US or Europe in order to compete in the marketplace. Here’s why I think this is a bad strategy and also what you can do about it. First off you have to choose a sensible location to manufacture. For example, baking in higher costs in more expensive states like California and New York immediately puts you at a disadvantage. Choosing to manufacture right here in Nevada is the first common sense step, especially with local incentives, strong distribution channels and a generally attractive running cost structure.
John Doiron, Carson High School’s Career and Technical Education’s new manufacturing instructor, stood in front of the Carson Area Manufacturers Forum in early June to outline his plan for the manufacturing program and to ask for their support in sharing their knowledge to develop curriculum, being guest speakers in class and inviting students in to their facilities for field trips, internships and other work-based learning experiences. It’s all part of Doiron’s master plan to unite CHS CTE’s new four year program and local manufacturers who are competing with the likes of Tesla and others for skilled technical workers.
Writing about technology is usually pretty easy since it changes so quickly and has such an impact on our daily lives. With a new year ahead I thought I would take a look at the hottest trends in technology. For business, the continuing growth of cloud services is a trend that is impacting the way businesses, clients and employees use technology. There are several trending opportunities that cloud services bring to business and these should merit investigation as part of your planning.