Warm Hanukkah wishes to our friends, colleagues and customers
Starting this holiday weekend, we encourage everyone to start a tradition of buying American-made products. Just like the nutrition labels on food that tell you about the contents of the product, country of origin labeling tells you where the contents came from and where they were assembled. With a few exceptions, the government does not require this labeling; however companies are proud to display their Made in the USA origin. These businesses understand American consumers want to purchase products made here and support jobs throughout our country.
Tips on buying American-made
Not so long ago, this phrase became synonymous with our young people. “The Village” is everyone who can and should impact the lives of children by developing and nurturing them for a path to success. We should be keenly aware of this fact in all facets of our business and personal lives. Whether or not you are a parent, we must support our future generations.
You may think that, as a manufacturing company, we don’t have many opportunities to impact the direction of the lives of young people in our community. It's actually just the opposite. We are always looking for ways to support technical education and STEM programs. The Rodon Group often hosts school tours and engages with administrators. Our sister company, K’NEX has developed an entire product line devoted to teaching science, engineering and math skills.
Each year, we stop to remember the humble beginnings of Earth Day and how the movement has grown over the past forty-four years since its inception. Back in the early days, the Vietnam War nearly consumed the American conscious. Not much room remained for environmental causes.
Our friends at the Manufacturing Extension Partnership introduced a new infographic that underscores the importance of manufacturing in our economy. This interactive visual highlights some fascinating facts about the impact of manufacturing. In addition, you can follow links to manufacturers throughout the country who participated in Manufacturing Day in October 2013.
Product development’s latest craze, 3D printing, has a new rival in town. It is called brain build decoding. While brain decoding has been around for some time, this technology has never been applied to the manufacturing process. The Rodon Group, working with scientists at a prestigious technology university, is finally reaping the fruits of their financial and time investment.
Filling the education gap
There has been much discussion about the need for quality STEM education and skilled workers. Both go hand-in hand. Many companies today complain that they can’t find people with the aptitude needed to work in a modern manufacturing facility. Unlike many European countries, the apprenticeship opportunities in the U.S. have fallen to the wayside. So, our high schools are filling the gaps in education and experience. These schools are doing an outstanding job of taking on the challenge.
STEM education in the suburban Philly region.
In the Philadelphia metro area, we are blessed to have some top notch technical high schools and programs. We encourage these high schools students to continue their education and training in STEM related fields. We know the opportunities in manufacturing are plentiful and financially rewarding.