Weekly Wrap Up for December 22nd, 2017

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Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joins co-hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady to discuss the nomination vote on Rep. Scott Garrett, President Trump’s choice to head the Export-Import Bank, the Summer Manufacturing Camps for 4th-8th graders hosted by his office, and a key solution to the skills gap by focusing on Women And Manufacturing.

Here are Some of This Week’s Top Stories in Manufacturing

Manufacturers Listen Up: New Malware Aimed At SIS’s Pose Real-World Threats

The manufacturing industry has been thrust into the digital age and along with the benefits from modern technology, they’ve had to face the challenges the digital transformation brings with it as well. Cybersecurity is one of the challenges that these businesses fear the most. Once only able to do superficial damage or cause data loss, now cyber attacks can pose a physical threat to the manufacturing workforce. Now, in a groundbreaking development, a cyber attack targeted a facilities Safety Instrumented System (SIS). (Read More)

Senate Committee Rejects Scott Garrett’s Nomination for Chairman of Ex-Im Bank

The Senate Banking Committee decided today that it will not accept Scott Garrett to be chairman of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. The former Congressman had previously been very critical of the agency, stating that it was merely “Corporate Welfare” and tried to shut it down. (Read More)

The Tax Bill Passes: What Will It Mean For Manufacturing and The Workforce?

The recent tax bill just passed through the House and Senate and has the American public wondering how this will affect their lives and businesses. With a host of factors at play, the true impact of the legislation will come into focus over time but there is some speculation of what this will mean for the United States manufacturing industry. (Read More)

U.S. Upholds Tariffs on Bombardier’s Newest Passenger Jets

The U.S. Commerce Department yesterday (12/20/17) finalized duties on nearly 300% for Bombardier passenger jets. This move is a major win for the U.S. aerospace manufacturer Boeing, which had initially filed the complaint against its Canadian counterpart. (Read More)


Women And Manufacturing

It’s not only hard enough to be a minority in an organization but how can you effectively communicate up in an organization and build respect amongst the key company leaders? Andrea Olson and Desiree Grace talk about how to learn the language of the C-Suite, techniques in adapting communication styles and methods for becoming more “executive adept”.