Entries by Pentaflex Inc.

The State of the Trucking Industry Today and Looking Forward

Despite several challenges, 2018 was a strong year for the American trucking industry. Increased consumer spending greatly boosted shipping demand, resulting in driver shortages as trucking companies rushed to fill orders. With new trade deals and industry initiatives to support growth, we predict a successful year ahead for the trucking industry. Current State of the […]

Impacts of the New United States-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on Automotive Manufacturers

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Mexico, and Canada was officially renegotiated at the end of September, and became what is now the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. With the ability for U.S. companies to operate in Canada and Mexico free of tariffs preserved for now, the new agreement updates 24-year-old terms […]

Strategies to Engage Your Manufacturing Workforce

Manufacturers are struggling with a growing skills gap. Over the coming decade, the industry could see as many as two million jobs could emerge that can’t be filled by the current labor pool. In the face of such challenges, it’s become more important than ever to improve employee retention in the manufacturing industry. Fortunately, recent […]

What the Steel Tariffs Mean for U.S. Metal Forming Businesses

In recent weeks, the United States implemented new tariffs on steel and aluminum to promote a policy of “America First.” The theory is that increasing import taxes on foreign steel and aluminum encourages U.S. companies to use U.S.-supplied steel and aluminum boosting production capacity toward a goal of 80% capacity utilization.   Increased usage of American […]

Forming Our Future – Things to Look Forward to in Metalforming

Forming Our Future This past spring, Pentaflex took part in the latest installment of Forming Our Future: Leadership Conference and the PMA Annual Meeting from March 7-10. This is a major event not only for our industry, but for Pentaflex in particular. In addition to our sponsorship of the event, our President, Dave Arndt took […]

Making Manufacturing Day Count

While the entire month of October is designated as Manufacturing Month, each year there is one day set aside to focus on this sector. On Friday, October 6th, Pentaflex celebrated Manufacturing Day by hosting 180 middle and high school students. The children came from our local Career Technology Center and our new STEM school, so […]

Encouraging Women in STEM Through Manufacturing Internships

In recent years, there has been an overall decline in the number of people entering manufacturing, although there is an increase in manufacturing jobs. With a decline in skilled workers entering the market, companies are having to find ways to attract good talent. One way Pentaflex is doing this is by hiring and training interns. […]

Filling the Trucking Talent Gap with Autonomous Vehicles

There are 1.7 million truck drivers in the country. But more are needed! From retail and ecommerce deliveries, to garbage collection, to even manoeuvring difficult terrains like underground mines, almost every aspect of civilized life requires powerful big-rigs to come to the rescue. The Trucking Talent Gap Unfortunately, trucking has developed an image that is […]

MEMA Comments on Proposed Changes to NAFTA

The new US administration has brought with it a number of proposed changes. One of these changes involves updating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. As the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) represents 1,000 vehicle and component manufacturers and suppliers, the organization aims to educate policy […]

What Manufacturers Need to Know About Changing NOx Requirements

Reducing harmful emissions from engine exhaust has been a goal for years, with new designs and energy sources constantly being introduced to combat pollution. Recently, numerous government agencies petitioned the EPA for stricter regulations surrounding nitrogen dioxide (NOx) emissions. Specifically, the EPA regulations would target heavy duty on-road trucks, buses, and other similar vehicles. The […]