Friday, December 14, 2012

Top Five Twitter Posts: Made in America, Manufacturing Semantics and Facebook's BWC Year-in-Review

Just a few weeks left of 2012 — enjoy the last few days of the year! We've had quite the week on Twitter, sharing an article published by our company president, some manufacturing news, wishing students luck on their engineering finals and lots of other happenings. We'll spotlight a few of our favorite moments right here. Become part of the action by following this linear guide manufacturer on Twitter at @BWCnews!

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1. December is 'Made in America' Month via Industry Week: Though we recognize the importance of the global economy and our increasing interconnectedness to industry in other countries, we also take pride in our heritage as an American manufacturer. According to Industry Week,  "A recent study by the National Retail Federation revealed that the average American will spend $700 in holiday purchases this year for a total of $465 billion. If that money was spent entirely on U.S. made products it would create 4.6 million jobs."

2. Is Manufacturing Still a Dirty Word? via Ideas Lab by GE: BWC President Pamela Kan shared her thoughts on the negative connotations surrounding the word — and the industry of — manufacturing. Does the younger generation perceive it as dirty, cheap and blue collar? How can we change that view to make them realize it's increasingly advancing, it's high-paying, it's a job to vie for and it's the backbone of our economy? A big thank you to the folks at General Electric for sharing Pamela's blog post this week!

3. Gift Ideas for Engineers via Maybe you've already completed your holiday shopping, but in case you haven't, we've compiled a list of some gifts an engineer might enjoy. From visible-gear clocks to a piston coffee mug, these selections are sure to amuse the receiver ...and may be the talk of the office.

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4. Bishop-Wisecarver Corporation Fan Page via We celebrated a mini milestone later this week when we finally reached more than 400 fans on our Facebook page. Nice way to wrap up this mid-December week! Join us on there for updates, photo posts, polls and a running log of what we're up to throughout the week. Oh, and an added end-of-the-year bonus: Facebook compiled a Timeline of 2012 highlights for us. Reminisce with us here!

5. Six Things to Know About the Future of Manufacturing via The North Jefferson News: Understanding the evolution of manufacturing in the U.S. and abroad is key to understanding the trajectory of its future. That's why it's important to note that manufacturing is dynamic, it's diverse, that its future consumers live in the developing world as well as other insights shared in this article. Great read!