Due to the increase in off-shore product sourcing, the National Mail Order Association is promoting U.S.-made products by sponsoring a "Made in America" contest. The contest awards 73 manufacturers, artisans, and inventors in 19 categories—including automotive, consumer electronics, and hardware and tools, among others—and 50 "Best of State" awards. The competition is designed to help introduce American products to mail order marketing companies. Entries are due by December 31, 2003. For more information and an entry form, go to www.nmoa.org/contest.
The new composites manufacturing innovation center is intended to be a source of grand challenges for industry, like the kind that got us to the moon under JFK. These aren't the words its new CEO Craig Blue used, but that's the idea and the vision behind the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation (IACMI).
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.