Gilchrist Metal Fabricating
recognized by Bechtel
Gilchrist Metal Fabricating Co., Hudson, N.H., was recognized for outstanding work on projects by Bechtel’s
Nuclear, Security & Environmental global business
unit at the Bechtel Supply Chain Recognition awards.
The awards recognize subcontractors and suppliers
that supported Bechtel‘s work in nuclear power, environmental cleanup, defense, and nuclear security and
operations projects during 2016.
Companies were evaluated on multiple factors, including overall performance; delivering quality servic-es/supplies on time; working collaboratively to meet
milestones; and meeting or exceeding project expectations in aspects of safety, construction performance,
technical expertise, and environmental compliance.
Study: U.S. manufacturing, logistics
industries grew dramatically over
Contrary to public perception, the U.S. manufacturing
and logistics industries experienced dramatic growth
over the past generation, says a new report from Ball
U.S. manufacturing production grew 11 percent
since the dot.com bust (2000-03) and the ensuing economic turbulence of the 2001 and 2007-09 recessions,
according to “Manufacturing and Logistics: A Generation of Volatility & Growth,” released by the Ball State
Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER)
and Conexus Indiana.
“According to folklore, this has been a terrible
generation for manufacturing and those who move
goods,” said CBER Director Michael Hicks, George and
Frances Ball Distinguished Professor of economics
and business research. “That isn’t really what the data
says. Indeed, 2015 was a record manufacturing production year in inflation-adjusted dollars. While 2016
fell just short with some weakness in the first and second quarter, 2017 looks to be a new record year.
“Most of the confusion about manufacturing and
logistics is due to declining employment over the past
generation,” Hicks said. “The fact is, manufacturing
firms have become very lean, and productivity growth
means more goods produced with fewer workers.”
The study reports that three factors have contrib-
uted to a decline in employment:
1. The workforce is better-educated and -trained, increasing productivity.
2. Mechanization has displaced some workers.
3. Improved processes, such as lean, Six Sigma, and
other management methods, have increased manufacturing production.
Since peak manufacturing employment in 1979, the
U.S. has lost about 7. 5 million manufacturing jobs but
gained more than 9 million jobs in trade, transportation, and utilities, the broadest measure of the logistics industry.
“Trade and productivity growth shifts job opportunities to other places and other sectors even as employment grows,” Hicks said. “We are at peak U.S. employment right now.”
Private spaceflight company Blue Origin has announced plans to open a rocket engine production
plant in Huntsville, Ala., pending the signing of a production contract with United Launch Alliance, a private satellite launching company.
The $200 million factory will manufacture the BE- 4
rocket engine, designed to end dependence on Rus-sian-built engines for launching payloads into space. It
is expected to employ up to 350 people producing up
to 30 engines a year.