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Championing Lean, Pursuing Passion and Fed Takes a Pause: IndustryWeek's Weekly Reads

June 23, 2023
Also, a reveal of the IW 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers and why Industry 4.0 pilots fail.

It was a mixed bag of topics that attracted the IW manufacturing community this week. Lean manufacturing, young leaders and economic news topped the IW Weekly Reads, which highlights the top-read items over the past seven days. IndustryWeek's 50 Best U.S. Manufacturers, the success rate of pilot projects and a big General Motors investment helped to round out this week's list. 

We invite you now to sit back and catch up with the top reads at IndustryWeek.com 

Widespread Lean Adoption Would Make the US More Competitive: Manufacturing productivity has been in decline for the last 20 years.

Generation Now Leadership: Finding Passion at Precision Plus: “I came here in the hopes of just getting a 40-hour work week, and I ended up being quality manager within five years of starting,” says Maria Valadez.

Fed Pauses Interest Rate Hikes but Signals More Tightening Ahead: The Fed also released an updated economic forecast Wednesday, lifting its 2023 GDP growth projections to 1.0% from 0.4% in March.

Six Actions CEOs Should Never Take with Their Boards of Directors: It's a tough balancing act, but there are clear lines that everyone should respect.

Top 10 Most Resilient Countries: “Objective data should support most major business decisions, and in the Resilience Index we’ve aggregated salient data to help companies build resilience for decades to come,” said Pentti Tofte, staff senior vice president, data analytics, FM Global.

70% of Industry 4.0 Pilots Fail. A New Center Hopes to Change That: The World Economic Forum chose Michigan for its US Center for Advanced Manufacturing.

5 Tips for Growing as a Leader without Burning Out: The former president of Kraft Foods shares how to think holistically about your career.

2023 IW 50 Best US Manufacturers: Building Materials, Energy Companies Rise: With money-losing 2020 further behind them, several new companies rise in IndustryWeek's annual rankings of the financially best-performing manufacturers.

GM to Invest $920 Million to Expand Duramax Diesel Plant in Ohio: “This investment furthers our commitment to HD truck market dominance with the Duramax power under the hood that customers love so much,” said Mike Trevorrow, vice president, North America Manufacturing.

Industrial Leaders See Tailwinds: Manufacturers Show Optimism: A new survey shows manufacturers see a path through the economic doldrums and remain more upbeat than other leaders about volatility and business conditions in 2025.

Editor's Choice

How and Why to Welcome More Women to the Skilled Trades: Advocating for young girls and women to explore welding, machining, additive manufacturing and other industrials careers can benefit women and the companies that will employ them.

IW U.S. 500: Top Apparel, Leisure and Gadgets Manufacturers (slideshow): The largest producers of apparel and leisure products and gadgets from the IW U.S. 500 list of largest publicly traded manufacturing companies in the country.

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