What do you do all summer when you’re a nine year old boy who has to spend every day at your Dad’s auto parts store? Well, you could build your own arcade—just like the one at the neighborhood Shakey’s Pizza Parlor. And then you get ready for the customers to flood in.
You don't have to tell MAPI member executives about the rapidly changing nature of manufacturing. They may be located in the United States, but they all work in a global marketplace, whose technologies and processes are changing on a regular, continuous basis.
For many industrial companies, forging a connection with customers, suppliers, and the communities they serve can be a challenge. Other than engineers, who really understands what a rotorseal is, or what inerting systems do?
The benefits of manufacturing hubs or "clusters" --- the "geographic concentrations of interconnected companies and institutions in a particular field" --- have long been recognized by academics (see HBR
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