The Spark

July 16, 2018
Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs: Summer Manufacturing Camp

More Women in Manufacturing Begins with GADgET Girls

This is an incredible time to be involved in the manufacturing industry. Overall, U.S. manufacturing is experiencing strong growth; supporting about 18 million jobs (considered the world’s eighth-largest economy) and providing above-average salaries. Disappointingly, the […]
June 12, 2018
Small Giants Community: Growing with Purpose Logo

Small Giants, Huge Recognition for Ace Metal

Since 2016, Forbes, in partnership with the Small Giants Community, presents the definitive list of America’s Best Small Companies. This award recognizes 25 privately owned companies that have chosen to be great instead of big. […]
May 9, 2018
US ship with a stamp on the side that says United States Tariff

What Will Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imports Really Mean for U.S. Businesses?

Much has been made of the decision by the current administration to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The global metals market remains in a state of flux as deadlines have been extended and […]
April 9, 2018
Security and the world showing a key

The Risks are Real: Cyberattacks & Manufacturing

As cyberattacks become more regular, hackers and bad actors are affecting more industries than ever before. While the high profile attacks targeting IT networks, financial and healthcare systems, and government administrations are the most well-known, […]
March 14, 2018
Food Safety Summit Conference & Expo Logo

From Farm to Table, Food Safety Requires Every Link be Sturdy in the Supply Chain

The 20th Annual Food Safety Summit, held in Rosemont, IL from May 7-10th is dedicated to ensuring Food Safety breakdowns don’t happen. With the amount of work required to get our food from a farm […]
February 7, 2018
Stock market digital graph chart on LED display concept.

WHAT LIES AHEAD: Thoughts on Industry and the Economy in 2018

To be continually successful, companies must be cognizant of market trends and how the economy can affect them. We can look to the country’s Gross Domestic Produce or GDP to get a glimpse into how […]