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Featuring Two Resources for Manufacturers

(2) Comments | by Gray Rinehart |

Here at the Industrial Extension Service, we are always on the lookout for resources that will help manufacturers make better products and keep their companies profitable.

("Profits," by Simon Cunningham, from Flickr under Creative Commons. Credit:

One way to help keep profits strong is simply to avoid the unnecessary costs of workplace injuries and illnesses. With that in mind, a couple of weeks ago Wendy Laing, one of our safety experts and manager of the Southeastern OSHA Training Institute (OTI) education center, sent me a link to the NIOSH Science Blog to share with you. The NIOSH blog is a product of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and a great resource for some of the latest occupational safety news.

Another resource familiar to regular readers of this blog is the "Manufacturing Makes It Real" Network, which features in-person networking among manufacturers and exposure to best practices in various industries. The first MMIR Network event of 2014 is next Thursday, March 20th, at JMC Tool & Machine Company in Sanford. This FREE event will run from 1-4 p.m., and will include a plant tour. Seats will be limited, and we usually cut off registrations a week in advance, so RSVP today!

If you know of a manufacturer who could make use of resources like these, send them the link to this post! Thanks!

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Gray Rinehart has been with IES since 2008. He is a retired Air Force officer, a contributing editor for Baen Books, and an author of one book, Quality Education; a dozen short stories; and two dozen essays, articles, and other works. Connect with Gray on Twitter at


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    Mike Hodge
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    Thanks for these fine resources, Gary! The link to the “Manufacturing Makes it Real” does not work. I think the correct link might be
    Again, thanks!

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    Gray Rinehart
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    Thanks, Mike!

    Sorry for the confusion; there was some moving around of web elements recently, so I’ll blame that. And since I’m no longer with IES—I left a couple of weeks ago, and am now freelancing—I can’t go in and make the correction myself.  So I appreciate you providing the right link in your comment!

    Gray Rinehart

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