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The digital age has ushered in a plethora of tools and platforms that have transformed the way salespeople interact with potential clients. Emails, video conferences, and social media have become staples in the sales toolkit, offering convenience and a broad reach. This, of course, intensified during the pandemic, leaving in-person meetings out in the cold. Now, however, face-to-face meetings in industrial sales are making a strong comeback. Today, we�re exploring the latest statistics that support the enduring value of in-person interactions in industrial sales and examining some tricks and tools for maximizing the impact of your in-person meetings, and the #1 key to securing more in-person meetings.
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The state of Connecticut boasts a diverse manufacturing sector, making everything from high-tech aeronautics equipment and medical devices to semiconductor components and pharmaceuticals. With its highly educated workforce and focus on advanced manufacturing, Connecticut remains a top destination for high-tech and innovative enterprises.



Today, we're exploring some of the key facts on the state's unique industrial sector and examining Connecticut's ten largest manufacturing companies, based on data collected by MNI.

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Welcome to our weekly rundown of the most in-demand industrial products and services in the U.S. right now. At MNI, as well as providing comprehensive profiles of 460,000 industrial business in the U.S., we also keep track of what equipment, parts, services millions of industrial buyers are searching for across 11,000 distinct product and service categories on our industrial marketplace IndustryNet.

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Cold calling. It conjures fears of awkward pitches, immediate hang-ups, or outright rejection. But what if we told you it could be a powerful tool for generating leads and building relationships with potential customers? The truth is, many myths cloud the effectiveness of cold calling.

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Amidst reports of economic uncertainty, the U.S. food production industry shines as a beacon of growth. With 22,407 companies providing 1.5 million jobs and average annual combined sales of $1.8 trillion, the industry continues to thrive despite challenges faced by certain subindustries. In this post, we'll explore the vital statistics and subindustries of the U.S. food production industry and why sales continue to increase.
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As a prime location for 4,661 manufacturing companies generating over 192,000 jobs, Maryland offers many opportunities. The state�s major seaport in Baltimore allows for the easy receipt of materials and shipping of finished goods. Maryland's proximity to Washington, D.C., gives its technical and aerospace corporations a considerable advantage in applying for contracts and securing government funding.
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The latest employment summary from the U.S. Department of Labor finds employment levels in U.S. manufacturing dropped by 8,000 jobs in June, erasing the 8,000 job-gain the sector reported in May. Meanwhile, a more in-depth look at the data from the Labor Department finds some notable gains�and losses within specific subsectors.



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Most people think of the warming months of Q2 as a special and unique time. However, spring brings several seasonal obstacles to sales, such as holidays inviting both retrospection and celebration, distracting from business, prospects often choosing Q2 to take personal time off (PTO), making it difficult to close sales, and the uncertainty of tax season making companies more hesitant to commit funds to purchase. While your closings may temporarily plummet, you can lay the foundation for future success by honing your Q3 sales strategies for B2B.
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North Dakota, located in the heart of the Great Plains, is recognized for its expansive landscapes and natural allure. Beyond its scenic beauty, the state boasts a robust manufacturing sector that plays a crucial role in its economy. From leading construction equipment manufacturers to innovative biotech service providers, explore some key industrial facts and top companies in North Dakota, based on exclusive data collected by MNI from the state�s manufacturing companies.
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Roadblocks in appointment setting is a challenge you or your industrial sales team has likely come across. Roadblocks can come in many flavors such as long sales cycles, problems with identifying and reaching the right contact or working from an outdated database. Appointment setting is vital if you want the sales process to begin. It allows sales professionals to connect with potential clients, understand the needs of the prospect, and based on the needs, briefly discuss why this may be a good fit. A good way to secure the appointment. There are other effective appointment setting strategies. Let�s take a look at a few more.

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June brings exciting news in the U.S. manufacturing sector, with substantial investments and new facilities from leading companies. From a groundbreaking solar plant in Tulsa to significant expansions in North Carolina, these ventures promise billions in investment and thousands of jobs. Here's a roundup of the most noteworthy new manufacturing operations and expansions announced this month:
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Over the past decade, Georgia's industrial sector has grown steadily, attracting a variety of enterprises, from auto companies to aeronautics firms.



The Peach State is a solid market in which to do business and today we're providing an overview on the state's manufacturing sector, based on data collected by MNI and taking a look at its most powerful companies.
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The history of Black Americans in manufacturing is a narrative of resilience, innovation, and profound influence. It is a story that intertwines with the broader tapestry of American industrial progress and reflects the indomitable spirit of a community that has overcome adversity to contribute significantly to the nation's economic and technological development.
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All signs point to miscellaneous goods manufacturers as a rich prospecting field. Since 2019, prices have been on the rise. Three years ago, the industry took off, growing 6.3% per year. But first, what is the miscellaneous manufacturing industry?
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With its low business costs and abundant natural resources, the state of Louisiana is home to a number of powerful manufacturing companies, especially those in the petrochemical and oil industries. Today, we're taking a deep dive into the state's manufacturing sector, providing key industrial facts, insights, and covering the largest industrial companies in Louisiana.
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Based on growing customer demand, MNI has now released sixteen new IndustrySelect specialty databases that encompass niche industrial segments, helping industrial sales and marketing professionals zero in on new markets and uncharted territories. Learn more about this new and exclusive data only from MNI!

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With one of the best tax climates in the nation as well as a strong workforce and solid infrastructure, Texas remains a top destination for manufacturers across multiple industries, from the oil industry to the auto sector, biotech to food processing. Home to 1.2 million workers or roughly 13% of the nation's manufacturing workforce, Texas remains the second-largest manufacturing state in the U.S. (after California) and is the largest state exporter, exporting a record $315 billion worth of goods in 2018.



For those looking do business with Texas manufacturers, it helps to have an in-depth understanding of the state's manufacturing climate.
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The American manufacturing sector has long been the backbone of the nation's economy, providing jobs, fostering innovation, and driving growth. At the heart of this sector are the veterans, whose contributions have been pivotal in shaping the industry throughout history. As we approach Memorial Day, we�re taking an inside look at veterans in American manufacturing, from the post-World War II boom to the present day and exploring some of the industry�s largest veteran-owned companies.
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The US lumber and wood industry, or the US forest products sector, covers everything from forestry to furniture to wood pulp. Wood is used in construction, papermaking, for tools, and as a fuel. You will see wood divided into hardwood and softwood. These divisions can be misleading because they refer more to how the wood is used than its actual structure. You can find hardwoods in flooring and furniture. Paper and fuel producers utilize softwoods.
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With its low business costs, top-notch infrastructure, and generous incentive programs, Indiana is a major state for manufacturing, home to some major names in the pharmaceutical, automotive and steelmaking industries. This article will explore some key statistics on Indiana's manufacturing sector and provide a look at the state's top companies.
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A large material handling and assembly solutions company located in the Southeast part of the U.S. was attempting to try new programs in order to reach new customers. With six experienced sales professionals covering a large territory including Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, and Georgia, it became clear to the president that the company needed to find new avenues for uncovering sales leads to grow the business. But with the sales staff already stretched with managing current customers, the question the company needed to explore was, "Do we need to hire additional sales staff or can we find a more efficient...and even effective solution?"
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Fossil fuel demand will hit record levels in 2024 due to heavy usage in Asia. Despite environmental concerns, coal usage is still rising as a result of African dependence. However, the petroleum and coal products industry faces challenges from sustainable energy sources and political pressures. As a marketing or sales professional seeking business, your work is cut out for you.

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New manufacturing operations announced in May feature a mix of industry giants and innovative newcomers. From Maryland's groundbreaking battery facility to North Carolina's burgeoning clean energy hub, these new manufacturing enterprises encompass billions in investment and thousands of jobs. Let's take a look are the most exciting new U.S. manufacturing operations and expansions announced this month:
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What's made in Hawaii? While known as the ultimate American travel destination, the state of Hawaii also boasts a small but robust manufacturing sector, with deep roots in food processing, strong exports, and larger minority ownership.

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The U.S. manufacturing sector plays a central role in the economy, accounting for 20% of U.S. capital investment, 60% of the nation's exports and 70% of business R&D. Overall, the sector's market size, measured in terms of revenue is worth roughly $6 trillion, making it a major industry to do business with.



So which U.S. states are the biggest for manufacturing? This article will explore the nation's top manufacturing states, measured by number of employees, based on MNI's database of 400,000 U.S. manufacturing companies.
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Kansas is a unique manufacturing state, with major strongholds in food processing as well as aviation and consumer electronics. The state ranks third in the U.S. for the quality of its infrastructure and also ranks among the most business-friendly states in the nation. Today, we�re exploring some of the key facts and trends in Kansas manufacturing and taking a look at the largest manufacturing companies in the state.
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From the cockpit instruments guiding pilots to the GPS systems in our cars, search and navigation equipment plays a vital role in getting us where we need to go, both literally and figuratively. The search and navigation equipment industry is relatively small, but intensely powerful, manufacturing a wide range of products, from cutting-edge avionics and flight recorders to sophisticated radar and sonar systems.

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The U.S. manufacturing sector remains a global powerhouse, shaping countless products we rely on every day. From towering skyscrapers to intricate medical devices, American manufacturers drive innovation and economic growth. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, manufacturers in the United States perform more than three-quarters of all private-sector research and development (R&D) in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector.

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Arizona is a powerful manufacturing state, home to major names in the electronics and aerospace industries. The state's educated workforce, abundance of capital, and favorable regulatory environment has helped foster a massive electronics manufacturing hub, with Intel recently announcing a massive $20 billion expansion of its Chandler plant in order to meet soaring demand for semiconductors.



Today, we're exploring some of the key facts and trends in Arizona manufacturing and taking a look at the largest manufacturing companies in the state.
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The blank page. Every marketer hates it, yet AI has emerged unprecedented in its ability to fill the blank page and fuel marketing campaigns, helping everyone from the seasoned marketer to the email marketing newbie send out successful campaigns that help drive sales.



The catch? You only get back what you put into it. In other words, you have to interact with AI keeping in mind that it is a machine. It's not going to be able to read between the lines and so the prompts you feed it have to be crystal clear and angled exactly to what you're looking for, from tone of voice to specific calls to action.



Whether you're new to using AI for email marketing or a seasoned pro looking for new ideas, today we've compiled some effective prompts to help get you started on your next campaign.



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