U.S. Manufacturing Grows for 33 Consecutive Months

May 1, 2012

Here’s some good news on May 1, 2012:

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — American manufacturing activity picked up in April, according to a report that showed the sector grew for the 33rd month in a row.

The Institute of Supply Management’s monthly index rose to 54.8 in April, from a 53.4 reading in March. Any reading above 50 indicates growth in the sector.

“This month’s increase is yet another sign that the U.S. manufacturing sector has been one of the most reliable sources of growth in the U.S. economy since the Great Recession ended,” said Alistair Bentley, an economist with TD Bank.

Manufacturing growth has created 120,000 jobs in the first 3 months of 2012. This is welcome news!

Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting, http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 30AUG10

August 30, 2010

“Thank God It’s Monday” is to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: economy

Recent reports indicate China’s economy has moved into the #2 position ahead of Japan and behind the United States. The reports state that China is poised to catch up and will eventually surpass the United States.

What the stories are not stating is the U.S. economy is currently three times the size of China’s.

It is impossible to thrive if you see yourself, your company or country about to become the victim of some economic calamity.

As the late President John F. Kennedy stated, “A rising tide lifts all boats.”

Growth in China’s economy and the global economy as a whole is an opportunity, not a threat, which will help global companies thrive.

Thought for the week:

“Being a warrior is not about the act of fighting, it’s about being so prepared to face a challenge and believing so strongly in a cause that your are fighting for that you refuse to quit.” – Richard J. Machowicz, Unleash the Warrior Within
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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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Time to prepare for economic recovery

July 1, 2010

I had the pleasure of hearing the always insightful Dr. Alan Weiss deliver a powerful teleseminar this morning titled “Riding the Recovery.”   I’m sure this title will be available on his website.

Dr. Weiss suggests that you have to ride this economy like a wild horse.  There will be ups and downs, turbulence and hair-raising moments, but the important thing is that this wild horse economy can be ridden. You just have to have your wits about you and know that you can do it.

Economic downturns are as much driven by our own psyches as by fundamentals in financial world.  The stock market is little more than a barometer of how we feel about the future, not about the economic realities of the day.

Too often we allow ourselves to feel hopeful and optimistic when the markets move up and down in the dumps as the markets move downward.  Realistically, we should all remember that fluctuations are normal and we shouldn’t place the importance on day-to-day movement that we do.

You have to decide where you want to take your business.  If you want to be timid, stop investing and wait for Wall Street to tell you everything is fine and it’s okay to invest in your business again, you’ll be too late for your competition will have stepped in to the vacuum you created while you decided to ride out the storm in a safe harbor, positioning your competitors to leapfrog your market position.

This is the time when companies need to be investing in systems and processes, people, and new or enhanced products and services to be in the best position possible to thrive coming out of the economic downturn.

Alan’s advice:  Make this the right time!

Run your business as though it is your business and not subject to the perturbations in the marketplace.

Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com


Toyota-Tesla joint venture announced

May 20, 2010

About 3:30 pm PDT today, I heard the fantastic news that:

  • Toyota and Tesla Motors have formed a joint venture to produce electric vehicles
  • The production will take place in Fremont, California
  • It will utilize the production facility that closed on April 1, 2010, known as the NUMMI plant, a joint venture between GM and Toyota

This is very exciting.  When the NUMMI plant closed, it displaced 4,500 workers and had a negative impact on nearly 25,000 jobs through the supply chain, shipping, logistics, etc.

The NUMMI folks fought long and hard to save their jobs and did not prevail resulting in the closure of the last automotive manufacturing facility in California.

Well, no more.  Here is an article summarizing this news story.

The news could not be more welcome here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Thank you Toyota and Tesla Motors for reaching an agreement that will stand to benefit thousands and thousands of people right here in my back yard.

Wahoo!

Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com


Dave Gardner’s “Thank God It’s Monday” 12APR10

April 12, 2010

“Thank God It’s Monday” is to help companies thrive!

This week’s focus: configurable products and services

The more companies can help their customers configure their lives around your products and services, the more reliant they are on you.

Companies can accelerate sales with buyers if all the options are laid out appropriately so the buyer doesn’t have the impossible task of trying to figure out what’s possible which is in all likelihood impossible.

This is how companies thrive satisfying the needs of “the a la carte customerTM.”

Thought for the week:

“Life is mostly froth and bubble; Two things stand like stone: Kindness in another’s trouble, Courage in your own.” Adam Lindsay Gordon (1833-70)

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Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

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Highest manufacturing growth since 2004

April 1, 2010

Great news this morning from the Associated Press:

The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded in March at its strongest pace in 5 1/2 years, a private trade group said Thursday, as industrial companies continue to lead the recovery from the recession.

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives, said its gauge of industrial companies rose to 59.6 in March from 56.5 in February. It is the eighth straight month of expansion and the fastest growth since July 2004, when the index was 59.9.

Economists polled by Thomson Reuters had expected the measure to read 57.

Very encouraging!

Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting http://www.gardnerandassoc.com


Manufacturing grows at fastest pace in 3 years

January 4, 2010

The Associated Press reports today:

The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group of purchasing executives, said its manufacturing index read 55.9 in December after 53.9 in November. A reading above 50 indicates growth.

That is the fifth straight month of expansion and the highest reading for the index since April 2006.

The ISM report said new orders, a future of future production, jumped last month to 65.5 from 60.3 in November.  Indexes measuring production and employment also rose.

A very positive trend indeed for the start of the new year.

Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting

http://www.gardnerandassoc.com