Harvesting the Sun

Storing and Preserving Solar Energy

Learning to make apricot jam from my grandfather one blazing African summer, I recall being surprised by what appeared to be asbestos hands. While carefully filling each jar with molten delight, he held the boiling jars of jam bare-handed, like popsicles. Once every jar was full and covered, washed and lined up, shining like precious amber gems, it occurred to me that he had, ultimately, just taught me to preserve sunshine to light up the gloom of winter months.

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A Window Into the IndustryWindow & Door Manufacturers Association

A Window Into the Industry

Window & Door Manufacturers Association

For almost a century, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) has advocated on behalf of its industry. Primarily representing window, door, and skylight manufacturers, the WDMA also has a supplier membership category for companies that produce components for windows and doors, as well as service providers, including software firms and machinery manufacturers.

Harvesting the SunStoring and Preserving Solar Energy

Harvesting the Sun

Storing and Preserving Solar Energy

Learning to make apricot jam from my grandfather one blazing African summer, I recall being surprised by what appeared to be asbestos hands. While carefully filling each jar with molten delight, he held the boiling jars of jam bare-handed, like popsicles. Once every jar was full and covered, washed and lined up, shining like precious amber gems, it occurred to me that he had, ultimately, just taught me to preserve sunshine to light up the gloom of winter months.

Now and AgainA Budding New Manufacturing Reality: Embracing E-Waste

Now and Again

A Budding New Manufacturing Reality: Embracing E-Waste

Upgrading electronic devices has become second nature for most, while correctly disposing of related materials for recycling has, in many places, become “the right thing to do.” But what do statistics tell us about the realities of electronics disposal? Is recycling all that it is made out to be and are materials reaching manufacturers? How could the electronics waste (e-waste) repurposing loop be improved?

Trust at the Highest LevelK-1 Technologies

Trust at the Highest Level

K-1 Technologies

K-1 Technologies, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, has a supplier and customer base that spans the globe. The company is a distributor of electrical and electronic supplies and components—power supplies, semiconductors, wires and cables, connectors, and more—to a wide range of industries.

A Team You Can Count OnLeonhardt Manufacturing

A Team You Can Count On

Leonhardt Manufacturing

In the ever-evolving world of manufacturing, not all metal tubing parts are created equal. Leonhardt Manufacturing, a prominent player in the industry, stands out as a testament to the power of innovation and the importance of workforce development. Leonhardt Manufacturing has consistently demonstrated its mastery of metal tube bending and manufacturing, earning a reputation for excellence.

Products for Beautifying PropertiesRock Hard Landscape Supply

Products for Beautifying Properties

Rock Hard Landscape Supply

Rock Hard Landscape Supply is a family-run firm that stocks an array of products for beautifying lawns and properties. With four locations in Minnesota, the company stocks everything from mulch, boulders, and natural stone to hardscape items such as concrete pavers and walls, fireplaces, lighting, and pond supplies.

At the Forefront of Industrial RevolutionMichigan Manufacturing Technology Center

At the Forefront of Industrial Revolution

Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center

The Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC) was founded around 32 years ago with the inception of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). At that time and into the mid-2000s, there was a growing apprehension regarding the loss of manufacturers and small-to-medium businesses across America. To combat this, a manufacturing extension partnership (MEP) was launched in every U.S. state and Puerto Rico, creating a network of organizations. The MMTC won the bid to become the official MEP for the state of Michigan.

Making Manufacturing CoolAtlas Technologies

Making Manufacturing Cool

Atlas Technologies

If one could highlight a single manufacturer in Michigan for being innovative and fresh in the way it approaches the field, it would be Atlas Technologies. As a division of Stonebridge Technical Enterprises, Atlas Technologies goes above and beyond to make careers in manufacturing the envy of many in the trades and in other fields. Moreover, the Michigan-based company has achieved double-digit annual growth in the wake of tremendous transformation over the past three years.

From Metal Rings to Custom ManufacturingGrotnes

From Metal Rings to Custom Manufacturing

Grotnes

In 1898, Charles Grotnes (pronounced ‘Grote-ness’) founded an eponymous machine works in Chicago to provide services and products for a very specific industry. He “started a business to produce metal rings which held the staves of a barrel together,” Vice President, Jim Zielinski tells us.

This Family-Run Iron Hardware Firm Forges AheadAcorn Manufacturing

This Family-Run Iron Hardware Firm Forges Ahead

Acorn Manufacturing

Acorn Manufacturing Company, Inc. is a decades-old family business in Mansfield, Massachusetts that manufactures and distributes forged iron builders’ hardware across the United States and abroad. Builders’ hardware refers to metal hardware products used to decorate or protect properties, or to enhance convenience. The company is proud that its goods are made in Mansfield and reflect the heritage of New England.

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