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LEAN Manufacturing: What is it?

LEAN Manufacturing LEAN manufacturing has many definitions. Here at Metalwest, we define LEAN as, “The systematic method to identify and eliminate waste by flowing the product at the pull of the customer.” Let’s look at these underlined elements:     Systematic Method Everything in LEAN is a system – a system that can be analyzed, […]

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June 2019 Insight Guide: Market Indicators

The Federal Reserve hinted they would cut interest rates if the U.S. trade war threatens the decade-long expansion at a summit this week. The U.S. economy will mark 10 years of expansion in July, the longest on record. However, rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China have put a chill on U.S. businesses’ spending […]

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May 2019 Insight Guide: Market Indicators

The U.S. economy picked up steam in the first quarter of 2019, according to the Commerce Department. Gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 3.2% in the first three months of the year, up from 2.2% the end of 2018. U.S. employers added 263,000 jobs in April while the unemployment rate dropped to […]

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April 2019 Insight Guide: Market Indicators

The U.S. job market bounced back in March after a lackluster performance in February. There were 196,000 jobs added in March, this is the 102nd straight month of job gains. The unemployment rate was at 3.8% for March, unchanged from the previous month. February’s Architecture Billings Index score was 50.3, down from 55.3 in January. […]

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March 2019 Insight Guide: Market Indicators

The U.S. economy matched its best performance since the Great Recession of 2007-2009 last year. The nation’s GDP increased at a rate of 2.6% in the October-December period. That followed an average of 3.7% the prior two quarters. For the year, the economy grew 2.9%. This is the highest performance since 2015. U.S. job growth […]

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February 2019 Market Insight – Market Indicators

Economic News President Trump delivered his State of the Union address Tuesday night. And while reviews were mixed, the facts on the U.S. economy speak for themselves. According to CBS News, some key measures of the economy’s performance for 2018, include: The economy grew at its fastest rate in 13 years Job creation has been […]

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January 2019 Market Insight – Market Indicators

Economic News President Trump threatened to keep the federal government partly closed for “months or even years” if he does not get the funding for his wall at the U.S.-Mexico border, warning he may declare a national emergency to build it without congressional approval. The partial shutdown also halted reviews of Section 232 exclusion requests, […]

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November 2018 Market Insight

Economic Indicators The U.S. economy added 250,000 jobs in October while the unemployment rate was unchanged at a near 50-year low of 3.7%. Wages and salaries jumped by 3.1%, the highest level in 10 years. September’s Architecture Billings Index score was 51.1. The pace of growth slowed a bit from August. However, any score above […]

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October 2018 Market Insight

Economic Indicators The U.S. economy added 134,000 jobs in September, extending the record run of hiring to eight full years. The unemployment rate fell to 3.7%, the lowest since 1969. The Federal Reserve raised interest rates and cemented expectations for another hike this year as they reaffirmed that a strong U.S. economy will probably warrant […]

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September 2018 Insight: Market Indicators

The U.S. economy added 201,000 jobs in August. This is slightly above analysts’ expectations. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate remained at 3.9%. Real U.S. gross domestic product grew at an annualized rate of 4.2% last quarter, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported August 29. That is up from 4.1% in its first estimate. Economists expect growth […]