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Be In-The-Know With These 12 Manufacturing Blogs

Posted by IndustrySelect on Wednesday, June 2, 2021



Following some top-notch manufacturer blogs is among the best ways to get a feel for the industry you’re doing business with and to make new connections. Countless manufacturers are telling their stories every day and engaging with their content can help you build relationships with prospects and become part of a vibrant manufacturing community. Here are some manufacturing blogs across various industries that stand out.

Manufacturing News, Trends & Statistics

Alliance For American Manufacturing (AAM)

A non-profit, non-partisan group founded by leading manufacturers and the United Steelworkers, the AAM's charter is to support American manufacturing through smart public policy.

They fulfill this mission through research, advocacy, public education and coalition building around issues that affect the manufacturing sector.

Interesting posts:

• Is America Importing Its Pollution?
• Event Highlights the Importance of Youth Apprenticeships


In addition to being the largest networking company in the world, Cisco is also deeply involved in the integration of technology into manufacturing, and issues such as digital security, automation, "internet of things" (IoT) and plant modernization.

Interesting posts:

• Industrial applications: What does a successful deployment look like?
• How to Use IoT to Improve Plant Profitability


IndustryNet is an industrial marketplace, connecting buyers with suppliers. The site provides listings of 400,000 U.S. manufacturers and suppliers of more than 10,000 products and services for quoting and sourcing.

In addition to these activities, they also maintain a blog filled with current topics in manufacturing, top companies, state news, and resources for industrial marketing and sourcing.

Interesting posts:

• The Month in New Manufacturing Plants
• 5 Reasons for Sourcing A Local Metal Fabricator

Manufacturing Transformation

Run by the Apriso division of Dassault Systems, this blog acts as a community forum for manufacturing and supply chain experts to share ideas, experiences and concepts.

A wide variety of authors means that this blog brings a very diverse set of observations and information to its readers.

Interesting posts:

• An Interview With Allison Grealis, President of Women in Manufacturing (WiM)
• Introducing AGVs on the Shop Floor? Here is What You Need To Keep in Mind (Part 1)


The Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation is a non-profit organization that connects industry leaders with the information they need to make efficient and smart decisions in their business.

MAPI also hosts conferences, professional development and online communities.

Interesting posts:

• Generation Z: They're Here and They're About to Change the Workforce Forever (Part 1)
• Increasing Productivity by Building Resilience

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

NIST was formed in 1901 by Congress as a means to improve America's measurement infrastructure. As a physical science laboratory, NIST has been instrumental in developing many technological firsts such as the national electrical safety code, the first automated guided missile and the world's first DNA profiling standard.

Interesting posts:

• It's Cool to Be A Manufacturing Engineering Major Again
• Acting Fast to Slow Machinist Turnover


Shopfloor is the blog of the National Association of Manufacturers. Targeted to legislators and public officials who may not be familiar with the contributions of manufacturing to the national economy, Shopfloor is used as a resource by various media outlets and policy influencers.

Interesting posts:

• Creators Wanted: BASF Testifies on Upskilling America Following Key White House Workforce Announcements
• Manufacturing Will Remain Front and Center in the 116th Congress

Individual Manufacturer Blogs

Technomark North America

For those interested in marking equipment or looking to connect with marking equipment leaders, Technomark North America’s blog is a great place to start. Technomark specializes in traceability solutions and industrial marking equipment, including the Technomark brand dot peen and laser marking systems. During the pandemic, the company partnered with Stratasys to help organize a coordinated industry response to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Their blog provides news and in-depth information on the industry.

Interesting Posts:
• What Marking Methods are Best for Your Materials?
• Manufacturing Traceability Solutions: What are the Options?

Scotchman Industries

In addition to metal fabricating tips and tricks, Scotchman’s fun and approachable blog provides an intimate look at the company’s culture, with posts celebrating retirements, anniversaries and events.

Interesting posts:

• Jeanie “The Printmaster” Retires
• John Hart’s 45 Years at Scotchman


Custom Fabricating & Supplies, Inc. 

Franklin, WI-based Custom Fabricating & Supplies is an industrial masking solutions company, providing custom component die cuts and gaskets as well as rubber caps, masking tapes and more. Their blog gets into the nitty gritty of masking issues, full of Q & As and customer case studies accompanied by stunning imagery and graphics.
Interesting posts:

• Cleaning Masking Caps & Plugs – Q&A with CFS
• CFS to Donate 16,000 Face Shields to Local Hospitals Amid PPE Shortage


HySafe is a provider of fall protection equipment and fall hazard assessments and also provides fall protection PPE. The company’s blog is all about the specifics of safety, providing some fascinating insights into the subject of fall protection.

Interesting posts:

Suspension Trauma and How We Can Help!
• Why Is Fall Protection Training Important?

Gulf Coast Paint Manufacturing, Inc. 

Gulf Coast Paint Manufacturing provides high performance industrial coatings such as epoxy coatings, floor coatings, tank linings and more. The company’s blog covers just about everything you need to know about coatings, including sorting out the differences between coating types and the best coatings to use for a given setting.

Interesting posts:

• What are the Best Industrial Coatings for Structural Steel?
• Getting a New Concrete Floor Covering? Here’s Some Questions a Representative Should Ask

Connecting with the Manufacturing World

Whether you're looking to expand your knowledge of manufacturing or looking to do business with manufacturers, MNI data provides a wealth of information on the nation's manufacturing sector. 

Finding industrial business solutions is straightforward with IndustrySelect. With a database of over 400,000 manufacturers, a subscriber receives access to company information, key personnel and industry profiles. Try out a free, no-obligation demo, loaded with a few hundred sample profiles and see what IndustrySelect can do for you!

 Editor's Note: This article was originally published in August 2019. It has been updated to include additional manufacturer blogs. 


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