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Washington is The Evergreen State for Businesses and Manufacturing

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The Evergreen State of Washington is known for innovation & technology, skilled labor, superior life quality, a reliable logistics network and affordable energy resources–an environment that attracts businesses and manufacturers like a magnet. These factors contribute to Forbes ranking Washington #9 for ‘Best State for Business in America.’

Giving sanctuary to more than 250K organizations and Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Boeing, SpaceX, Starbucks, and Amazon add incredibly to Washington’s commercial development. With a GDP growth of 2.9 percent, Washington was ranked as the sixth best economy in the United States in 2016.

The manufacturing industry contributed $74.98 billion to its’ economy by manufactured goods exports. Washington’s 6,655 manufacturers employ 314,987. Moreover, this is the sixth consecutive year when Washington State gained manufacturing jobs. All great reasons to include Washington in our U.S. Manufacturing blog series.

The State is also a hub for advanced military and commercial aircraft, space exploration vehicles and unmanned aerial systems (UAS), as well as maintenance, repair & overhaul (MRO) and air travel and cargo. It provides job opportunities to around 19% of the state’s population. In 2015, the transportation sector contributed a value of $70 million to Washington’s economy.

Washington’s aerospace sector includes visionary firms like Aerojet Rocketdyne, Blue Origin, SpaceX, Spaceflight Industries, and Vulcan Aerospace developing and innovating new techniques every day. The aerospace giant Boeing is perhaps the biggest name with a firm footing in various cities.

With approximately 14K companies under its umbrella, the Information and Communication Technology Industry ranks as the second-best manufacturing industry in Washington. Shockingly, only 6% of the state’s population work for this industry, yet it contributes about $40 billion to their economy. Workers include coders, software engineers, game developers, testers and more.

The fact that around 95% of the state’s people are connected to 100 MBPs internet or better also clearly demonstrates the quality of their Information Technology. With growing companies such as Tableau and established software giants like Microsoft, Washington is an I.T. centric state.

Snatching third place for the biggest manufacturing sector is the food processing industry. This sector employees about 16% of the state’s population.

15 million acres of farmland is extensively used to produce the nation’s best pears, apples, grapes, red raspberries, sweet cherries and much more. Big agriculture means big food processing. Washington specializes in canning and preserving fruits and vegetables. However, they also have a foothold in canned meat and fish.

Their connectivity to Europe and Asia through 3666 miles of railways, 139 airports and 75 public ports (which includes cold storage facilities too) is applauded for the quick and timely export of crops to numerous countries.

Given the data, there is no doubt the future of Washington looks bright. It very well deserves to be called the Evergreen State for Businesses.

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Can’t Miss Topics at AeroDef 2017

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This March 6th- 9th is one of the most important events in aerospace and defense manufacturing. AeroDef takes place in Fort Worth, Texas at the Fort Worth Convention Center.  This city just so happens to be the epicenter of some of the top OEMs in the country for the aerospace and defense industry, including industry leaders like Lockheed Martin with their Aeronautics Fort Worth facility. With all its promising conferences and tours, here is a list of the “must see” topics at this year’s AeroDef.

Composites

Composites are becoming cheaper to make, more efficient to produce, and constantly increasing in quality. Whether you’re just starting to apply composite production in your manufacturing process, or looking for new approaches towards in automated picking, AeroDef has the conference for you. Each of the four days has a composite-based conference depending on your interest and schedule. Check the schedule out here.

Cyber Security Systems

As information technology in the workplace becomes more and more digitized and organized within internal and external company systems, there is, of course, a concern for security and threat identification within the production process. These security challenges can be quite complex, so AeroDef has plenty of conferences on the subject for you to protect your network.

Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing

Additive manufacturing is one of the most significant innovations of the manufacturing industry and much more so in the aerospace and defense industry. 3-D printing has brought with it a plethora of ideas and novel approaches to aeronautics and companies are taking advantage of these innovations. There will plenty of discussion on the subject, including one by Lockheed Martin on March 7th. Be sure to check out all you can!

Triumph Tours

One of the most exciting aspects of AeroDef is the tours. A few goliaths of the industry will be opening their doors, including Triumph Aerostructures on March 6th from 12:30- 4:00 pm. This is a chance to check out how the large global manufacturers approach the manufacturing process and apply innovative and new technologies. You shouldn’t miss it!

If this year’s AeroDef is as promising as other years, you’ll reap the benefits by attending these specific conferences that are taking place throughout the 4-day summit. There will certainly be a plethora of exhibits to check out while you’re waiting for that next conference to start. So, check out the floor plans beforehand and see what you’d be interested. Organize your time and strategize which events you’d like to attend by checking out all the details on Aerodefevent.com.

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Uniting the Past, Present and Future of STEM Education

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If you think about it, there are numerous links that join the past, present and future of the manufacturing industry. To date, the industry is making the most of the past and present of manufacturing by highlighting its growth and improvements over the years. These include initiatives such as last month’s National Manufacturing Day and Month that demonstrate how manufacturing is filled with the use of new technology and that it’s provides a great future for its employees.

Appealing to Multiple Audiences

Through the exploration and re-introduction of the manufacturing environment to new groups, it’s possible to have a glimpse of the future of manufacturing and also what links the industry’s past, present and future. One major link is the ongoing use of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). STEM has numerous interactions in the lives of almost everyone from the use of a smartphone, an interaction at the bank or turning on a light. These things happen with such ease that it’s easy to forget the importance of STEM education in making it all happen.

Re-introducing STEM

Embracing STEM education from an early age may be one of the most important initiatives for the longevity and success of the manufacturing industry. For too many years, the emphasis and interest in STEM have lagged behind actual need. A result of this disinterest resurrected itself in the skills gap the industry continues to deal with.

The manufacturing industry is not alone in this problem. Overall, there is a gap when it comes to applicants in most STEM-related fields. In fact, a 2009 United States Department of Labor list showed 8 out of 10 of the most-wanted employees were for jobs with degrees in the STEM field. These included computer science, accounting, electrical and civil engineering, finance and economics.

In an effort to interest students in STEM education and its many benefits at a young age, there is a recent push to introduce the magic of STEM to new generations. This includes programs dedicated to introducing girls to programming and businesses such as The Works at the Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology. The Newark, Ohio organization offers outreach programs supplying teachers with standards-aligned classroom activities, interactive museum exhibits and school tours with pre- and post-tour STEM activities. The overall goal is to show how there are elements of STEM in everyday life and that using and understanding these skills and elements opens up a new world of fun and discovery. This is one initiative that will be easy for the collective industry to promote and benefit from for years to come.

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