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Highlights of Association of Washington Business (AWB) 2022 Policy Summit

We are sharing a few of the highlights from the AWB Policy Summit that our COO here at Out of the Box Manufacturing, Allison Budvarson, attended on Wednesday 9/14/2022.

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Securing Defense-Critical Supply Chains - PSBJ

Top national security priorities impacted by procurement challenges are highlighted in a February report by the Department of Defense. The report includes information about missile systems, high-capacity batteries, metals and composites and microelectronics. It outlined a supply chain resiliency effort that included bolstering workforce efforts, cybersecurity…

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Washington State’s New Manufacturing Council Moves Toward Doubling Manufacturing

Recently, Washington Department of Commerce Director Lisa Brown appointed a new 21-member Manufacturing Council which will advise on policy, strategies, and investment to grow regional manufacturing sectors and jobs statewide.

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October 7, 2022 is Manufacturing Day! Save the Date!

Every year since October 1, 2012, America’s manufacturing sector opens its doors to celebrate Manufacturing Day on the first Friday of October.

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Women in Aerospace Day Proclamation by Kent Mayor Dana Ralph

Allison Budvarson, COO of Out of the Box manufacturing recently attended a Kent City Council meeting and witnessed the Mayor deliver the Women in Manufacturing Day Proclamation. Nikki Malcom, CEO & Executive Director of Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance, accepted the proclamation. Photo of Women in Manufacturing in attendance:

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SYP - Investing in Future Leaders in Manufacturing

We believe an investment into future leaders in manufacturing is valuable for all of us in the industry and each month continue to find ways to offer support. Today we are taking a moment to let you know of a new project developed with CAMPS that focuses on students and young professionals.

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Supply Chain Challenges: Mehdi Badr is Guest Speaker at Recent Mastermind

Supply has always been challenging, but now it's the biggest hurdle. Supply Chain is the #1 risk for a small company launching with an EAU (Estimated Annual Usage) in the low thousands. 

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America's Supply Chain Crunch [Masterminding]

On November 29th, there was news about how President Biden had a roundtable meeting with a group of major retailers and consumer product manufacturers to discuss rising prices and supply chain problems that have resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic. Our mastermind group continues to brainstorm, research, and understand material shortages and logistics issues along with…

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Essential Steps in a PCB Assembly Process

The team at OBMFG understands the importance and impact of PCBs. Electronic devices used today have cores that are formed mainly by Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs). Everything from cars to refrigerators to smartphones has electronics with these modern components found online or in some specialized retailers. The PCB is the foundation onto which a variety of small electrical…

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Optimizing Kitting in Manufacturing – a How-To Guide for Customers providing Consigned kits

Become your Assembly House’s favorite customer by providing easy to audit kits We see a variety of methods to provide parts in kits. Still, they usually involve supplying any parts required for a job within large cases with the parts individually packed in plastic bags or cardboard boxes. The supply chain is being disrupted with shortages, logistics issues, and staffing.…

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