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MAPI – Manufacturers Alliance Economic News and Reports

Stock pricesA weekly round-up of the MAPI resources available to NFPA members through NFPA’s membership in MAPI. Issues in the Brief Will the Elections Make a Difference for Manufacturing? Many commentators suggest that the national election of 2014 was an angry referendum about ongoing sluggish conditions in the American economy, now five years out from the […]

2014 CFPA Annual Meeting Underscores Fluid Power’s Workforce Challenges

NFPA Fluid Power Challenge  By Eric Lanke NFPA CEO A few weeks ago, I attended the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Fluid Power Association (CFPA) in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. It has been several years since I attended this event, as CFPA has been undergoing a bit of a reorganization. But now they are on an upswing with regard […]

NFPA Company Profile: Plymouth Tube Company

Stainless Steel TubingNFPA Company Profiles for NFPA News With NFPA membership at an all-time high, publishing a short profile of an NFPA member each week is one way for us to highlight the diversity and strength of our industry. Today’s Company is Plymouth Tube Company. Plymouth Tube Company, based in Warrenville, IL, has been a Product Supplier member […]

NFPA Leads Students to a Great Career Pathway

iFair_Washington_HS_MilwaukeeNFPA exhibited at the Washington High School’s Fall iFair in Milwaukee, WI on November 11. The event showcased engineering and manufacturing careers and the new mobile app development program at Washington High School. Middle-school age students from across the city interacted with more than twenty business and education organizations to learn more about these high-demand […]

Fluid Power Communication Gets More Social

Social MediaSocial media marketing has become a buzzword over the past few years. Platforms like Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter can be a marketer’s fantasyland, offering seemingly easy access to a variety of audiences, including potential consumers and employees. Even though certain types of business benefit more than others, social media use has grown across industries, including […]

NFPA Member News

NFPA member newsThe Donaldson Foundation has given a $40,000 grant to Hennepin Technical College. The award will be used in the school’s Fluid Power Engineering Technology Program to study fuel technology. Read more . . .   The Kaman Corporation board of directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of 16 cents per common share. The dividend will be […]

NFPA Membership Continues to Grow

Meet NFPA's newest membersMaxwell Industries, LLC Athens, TN – Maxwell Industries, LLC, based in Athens, IN, manufactures custom hydraulic reservoir tanks and fabricated assemblies. Member since 10/22/2014.

CSS Monthly Shipments: Slow and Steady Growth

NFPA Confidential Shipment StatisticsNFPA’s September 2014 Confidential Shipment Statistics (CSS), a monthly source of fluid power shipment and order data trends often used to benchmark company performance, continues to validate the opinions that were shared in the latest State of the Fluid Power Industry Survey and supports the thoughts shared in NFPA’s Economic Update Webinar presented by Jim […]

Building a Better Electronic Statistical Toolkit – Time for a Change

Toolbox ORIGSome element of denial makes it difficult to acknowledge that a dozen years have passed since we first launched the Electronic Statistical Toolkit in 2002. At the time, the Toolkit was a huge step forward for NFPA stats programs. It fulfilled a vision set forth by our Econ & Stats Committee for software that would enable members […]

Partnering for a Strong Workforce

New Berlin Partnership BreakfastOn November 12, I had the opportunity to attend a Partnership Breakfast sponsored by the School District of New Berlin, Wisconsin. The event brought all kinds of organizations together—the mayor’s office, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Junior Achievement and many local businesses—all with a common goal—to create a prepared workforce. The two-hour program explored ways […]

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