Weekly Wrap Up For November 6th, 2020

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Institute for Supply Management®’s Report On Business® Series for October 2020. Hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady welcome Chair, Tim Fiore for a closer look at the factors that went into the Manufacturing Report On Business and this month’s PMI. Don’t miss this in-depth, exclusive interview available only on Manufacturing Talk Radio.


Q3 GrowthU.S. Economy Expanding At The Fastest Rate On Record

The U.S. economy expanded at an unprecedented rate, growing at an astounding 33.1% annualized pace in Q3 according to the Commerce Department. In their report, the Commerce Department indicated that the significant growth “reflected continued efforts to reopen businesses and resume activities that were postponed or restricted due to COVID-19”. (Read More)


NJMEPNew Jersey Bill Supporting Annual Funding for New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. (NJMEP) Passes both State Assembly and Senate

During yesterday’s legislative session, S1957 and A3756 received 100% support from the New Jersey State Senate and General Assembly.  The Bill establishes a permanent new source of funding of up to $1.5 million for the New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc., (NJMEP). (Read More)


Today on the WAM podcast, we welcome to the show, Courtney Wright. Courtney is the CEO of Gemini Builds It! and Showcase Acrylics. Prior to Gemini, Courtney founded CDW Merchants, the leading provider of 3D virtual retail displays and e-commerce gift packaging for the nation’s top retailers, including Kate Spade, Sperry’s, and Club Monaco. In 2016, she sold CDW to a global billion-dollar company, however, with little downtime as she acquired Gemini Builds It! in the same year, all while saving 60 jobs in the community. She is one woman who is making manufacturing cool in Chicago. In today’s episode, we delve into how Courtney and her team made an incredibly timely pivot providing a key product for the ensuing COVID-19 pandemic. She talks more about how she is driven to solve problems, continually finding new opportunities, and shares great advice about failing fast and prioritizing growth. Stay tuned for an insightful conversation with Courtney Wright.