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.
With the winter games taking place in Sochi, Russia, we thought it would be fitting to spotlight someone in The Rodon Group family with Olympic aspirations.
The Rodon Group Proves they are Committed to Reduce their Carbon Footprint by Signing an Agreement with North America’s Leading Demand Response Provider.
There was a time many decades ago, when employees joined companies with the expectation of a long career. Companies were loyal to employees, and the employees reciprocated. Today, the employment picture is much different. Higher unemployment rates, coupled with the constant pressure to reduce head-count have served to create a job market where neither side of the equation seems to feel a strong loyalty to one another. In fact, the most recent recession has incentivized many unhappy workers to stay put until better opportunities become available. According to the "What's Working" research study by Mercer, a global consulting firm “In the U.S., the percentage of workers who said they wanted to leave and get a new job rose nine percentage points, from 23% in 2005 to about one in three, or 32%, in 2010.” If the employment rates continue to improve, many of these workers will move onto other opportunities.
During the holiday season we should take time to reflect on all of the great things that have happened throughout the year. The Rodon Group is very grateful to have had yet another momentus year full of recognition, awards and great customers.
One of the ways a business shows its appreciation for their community is by supporting the work of organizations who make a positive impact throughout the year. We support a local branch of the MS 150 Cyclepaths, a group of bicyclists who participate in the City to Shore Biking event that takes place in New Jersey. Established in 2006, this local group continues to set higher goals and increase their membership. In 2013, the 60 member riders exceeded their fund raising goal and generated over $31,000.