The Bowden Blog is Back! 3 Thank You’s and 3 Encouragements

It’s been too long, but the Bowden Blog is back!

We’re going with video – very fun and just a little bit scary for me! – and I’m sure they’ll get better over time!

Just wanted to kick things off with three Thank You’s:

  • Dennis Hanink – Mentor & Friend to me and to Bowden
  • Darren Hardy – Personal Development Teacher & Coach
  • Amy McCartney – My loving wife and Inspiration to Me

And three Encouragements:

  • Seek out Mentorship
  • Begin on a Path of Personal Development
  • Share Your Love with Others

Have a great day!
– Andy

 

Labor Day – Extend the Weekend & Compress the Week!

Remarkable how great an extra weekend day feels, particularly without any extra “holiday” obligations associated with the day off from work.

Summer-like weather this weekend, unexpected for early September, provided some final poolside opportunities before Fall arrives in Northeastern Ohio…..just what we needed to recharge and refresh ourselves.

Several of our Bowden Teammates took an extra day to extend the long weekend a bit further, often a wise use of vacation time.  We’ve got some busy months ahead and we’re pretty excited to get cranked up again.

Funny how the extended weekend suddenly compresses this week that follows, as we can’t help by try to cram 5 days worth of activity into the 4 days that remain.  Of course that time compression never works, but with the extra time off, we’ve got extra energy in the building and it’s a great way to start a short week!

 

Five Critical Themes in U.S. Manufacturing

 

Bowden Manufacturing (Current)
Bowden Manufacturing (Current)

Ranked in the top 5 Industrial Markets in the U.S., Northeast Ohio has one of the highest concentrations of manufacturing companies with almost 10,000 facilities (NEOisGreat 06′).

Bowden Manufacturing, located in Willoughby, Ohio, is a mainstay on this list! With growth in the Aerospace, Defense, and Oil & Gas industries coupled with technological innovations predicted over the next decade; the future is looking bright for Bowden MFG. and Northeast Ohio Manufacturing!

 

 

Here is a list of 5 Critical Points in U.S. Manufacturing from Industry Week.

  • Strong end-market demand is driving companies to produce closer to their customer base.
    • Proximity to the customer base allows for greater responsiveness, better positioning in the markets being served and more accurate demand forecasts.
  • Managing supply chain risk
    • Manufacturing disruptions that occur overseas can be easier to manage by shortening the supply chain.
  • Narrowing differences in energy and labor costs.
    • The shift from labor-intensive to technology-intensive manufacturing processes has made the U.S. more competitive and diminished the benefit of outsourcing to lower-cost countries.
  • The importance of innovation, differentiation and speed to market
    • American companies have a competitive advantage when it comes to producing technologically advanced, differentiated goods that require precision manufacturing and rigorous quality control.
  • The importance of business environment and regional attractiveness
    • The U.S. has stronger laws and institutions relative to developing economies which provides companies greater intellectual property protection and higher safety standards.

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AWT: Promoting Rewarding Careers in Manufacturing

On October 8th, 2014,  Bowden Manufacturing was part of the Think Manufacturing Expo held at Willoughby South High School. The event was hosted by AWT along with the Lake County Chambers of Commerce. It featured many of the areas top manufacturing companies and STEM-focused technical programs.  The Expo was designed to promote rewarding careers in manufacturing.

There was a great student turnout and the event was a brilliant success!  We generated some additional excitement by bringing our 3D Printer, along with some additional 3D printed components, for the students to view.  It can be mesmerizing to watch the printer in action as it builds a part layer by layer.  It just another example for the students that it can be pretty cool to make stuff!  All that’s needed is a good design and the printer can bring a part into reality.

Bowden Manufacturing is proud to be a part of the Alliance for Working Together program.

Alliance for Working Together (AWT)

Lake County Chambers of Commerce

Link to the List of Businesses who Attended

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Andrew McCartney was honored with a Pillar Award

Bowden’s own Andrew McCartney was honored with a Pillar Award at the 2013 Ronald McDonald House annual meeting. The Pillar Award is presented to companies, groups and individuals who have given quietly and generously to the House on a long-term basis. This award recognizes the commitment and constant support, allowing the Ronald McDonald House to sustain its mission.

Ronald McDonald House Recognizes Bowden

Bowden is honored to have been recently featured in the Ronald McDonald House (RMH) Cleveland Chapter newsletter for various contributions. In addition to sponsoring RMH fundraisers and other events, Bowden has been a Room Sponsor for the past three years. Click here to read the full story.