Entries by Ross McGregor

Sharing Our Experience from the FabTech Show

Each year Pentaflex sends our management team to attend various trade shows and conferences. This year we had the opportunity to attend the 2013 FabTech conference and exposition in Chicago, Illinois. Around 40,000 attendees involved with metalforming, welding, assembly, and coating operations were in attendance. The event was held at the McCormick place. The 600,000 […]

American Manufacturing: Why and How to Keep it Moving Forward

From consistent stories of manufacturers taking part in reshoring, to solid data showcasing the growth of the industry, American manufacturing is now in the midst of optimistic times. In fact, according to this recent article, “Manufacturing activity in the U.S. expanded at the fastest pace in 2½ years last month…[which was] the fifth straight gain […]

Great Employees=Great Business

In any business, in any industry, you’re only as good as the people you employ. Likewise, a company filled with happy, productive employees for whom growth and success are assured is more likely to grow and succeed. In an Forbes  article on the importance of retaining employees, the author states that “the value derived from […]

Manufacturing Day 2013: A Great Success!

As many people might be aware, October 4, 2013 marked the 2nd Annual Manufacturing Day. It was a special day set aside to not only celebrate the importance and value of this great industry, but to further awareness of it. American manufacturing is facing a skilled labor shortage—predicted to get worse—and this industry is too […]

And the Awards Go To…

At Pentaflex, the most rewarding recognition for us is when our customers are consistently happy with the work we do for them. However, when an organization as prestigious in our industry as the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) officially recognizes our work, and rewards us for it, we are beyond proud and honored. Therefore, we’re thrilled […]

Natural Gas: The Fuel of Today and Tomorrow

One of the biggest recent developments in America—one that has affected industries from energy through manufacturing through transportation—is the natural gas boom.  It has created jobs and spurred an entirely new industry unto itself, and has brought about cheaper consumer electricity. It’s even responsible, in part, for the manufacturing reshoring initiative. One of the industries […]

Is There Such a Thing as Blue Collar/White Collar Anymore?

In the heyday of manufacturing, there was a distinction between line workers and office workers. The blue collars were generally high school graduates who excelled at their jobs and retired with good pensions. The managerial teams were mostly made up of those college graduates who majored in business.  In the last 30 years or so, […]

Pentaflex Attends Spring Trade Show Conferences

Trade shows are an invaluable resource for us in the manufacturing sector. Trade shows are informative—and fun. They bring together industry leaders to share ideas, showcase new products and technologies, and to prepare for the future. As a central gathering place for an industry, trade shows have a distinct advantage over other forms of information […]

Navistar Receives Long-Delayed EPA Approval for New 13-Liter Engine

Navistar International Corp. has announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finally certified that the company’s new ProStar engine line complies with federal law regulating emissions of nitrogen oxides (NOx). The EPA approval provided resolution to the ongoing travails of the truck maker’s proprietary 13-liter heavy-duty, big-bore engines, which were recently converted to […]

Recap of the Spring Trade Shows

  One of the highlights of spring is the trip to trade shows and meetings sponsored by the trucking industry. These shows allow companies to gain insight on trends within the industry, as well as future goals. On March 11 we attended the Technology & Maintenance Council’s (TMC) 2013 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition […]