Welcome to ShopFloor.org!

By February 9, 2006General

Way back in January (seems like a lifetime ago) we promised some new stuff this year — the adding of a few new bloggers and a bit of a facelift and a name change. We’ll get around to the facelift as soon as we can scrape together a few extra shekels for it, but the name change was easy. We just got the blogger’s apprentice to dispense with his latest game of Dungeons and Dragons long enough to add it to our main blog page. You’ll see it above.

Don’t worry, we’ll always be “The Manufacturers’ Blog”, it’s what started us, what got us this far. However, it seemed that everybody in the blogosphere had a snappy, catchy name and we thought we needed one, too. And so we picked one that we thought captured manufacturing but also had the informality of the chit-chat you will find in the blogosphere. Either address — ShopFloor.org or blog.nam.org, will work, will both lead you to the same mountain of drivel and bile that both of you regular reader have come to count on. We don’t expect much else will change. We can only hope the writing will improve….

Welcome to ShopFloor.org.

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  • Kevin says:

    Although I too think that ShopFloor may be a misnomer (but a cool name!), NAM’s activities are definitely valuable. For example, the post this morning on “Where are the manufacturing jobs going” was interesting… and counter to prevailing wisdom. That needs to be talked about more. There needs to be advocacy for a manufacturing-friendly environment, competitive to other countries.

    Regulations, lawyers, etc definitely add cost to manufacturing. But they shouldn’t be a reason to flee overseas or to shut down. There are many U.S. companies that have looked inside their operations, driven out waste, and found that those savings more than offset the other costs. So much so that many of them sell to Asia, and one that I know of is a supplier to Honda’s Japanese plants.

    There are many companies that have returned from chasing the ever-elusive lower labor cost, looked inside themselves, and become incredibly competitive. Companies like Sherrill Manufacturing, American Coil Springs, DeCardy Diecasting, New Balance, Grand Haven Stamped Products, and Harley-Davidson.

    That is the fallacy with the recent focus on innovation, and Ford’s plan to “innovate into the black”. If you don’t address the internal waste costs, your cost structure can never match your competitors. You will bounce from Mustang to the next hot design to the next hot design, always praying it will catch on.

    If we really wanted to focus on improving manufacturing, we’d focus on our arcane financial reporting policies, which don’t account for the inherent value of employees, experience, and training… which leads to companies like Ford laying off hoards of black belts… just the people they need to help turn themselves around.


  • Pat Cleary says:

    Uh, we’re not a repository of advice on lean. We’re an advocacy and lobbying organization.

    That being said, we spend a lot of time talking about energy and legal reform, among other issues. If they don’t add costs to your operation, you are alone among mfg company operators. Exactly what is it you make that you’re impervious to the costs that Washington ladles on?

    In any event, glad your reading, and commenting.

  • Jim Obonson says:

    ShopFloor? Be serious. Show me a single post that has had anything to do with the shop floor. Lots to do with the owner’s suite and his hobnob of wimpy friends that believe regulations and lawyers and the evil Chinese are destroying his business instead of the waste within his company. I own a manufacturing company but NAM has lost any credibility with me with its focus on politics and none on ops improvement. Take a look at how some of the other Lean blogs are trashing NAM and wake up to reality.

    Should be “Welcome to ItsEveryoneElsesFault.com”. Bet this comment won’t get approved.