Displaying items tagged: Cascade Die Casting Group Inc

Sunday, 14 August 2022 10:00

In the CHIPS Act, auto suppliers see a light in the tunnel

For more than two years, global supply chain disruptions have delayed orders of the ubiquitous semiconductor chips found in products as diverse as home appliances, video game consoles and high-grade weapons. The small but integral components manage the flow of electric currents of devices in an exponentially electrified world.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 16 January 2022 18:30

Industry 4.0 makes manufacturers nimble during pandemic, hungry for more innovation

John Mulder recently noticed that an inordinate amount of his staff’s time was being used to field calls from clients inquiring about the status of their orders.

Published in Manufacturing
Tuesday, 21 December 2021 08:44

Auto suppliers feel ‘squeezed’ from disruptions; hope for normalcy in 2022

As a prolonged shortage of semiconductors hampers automotive production, West Michigan-based suppliers have been forced to change the way they do business.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 29 August 2021 17:20

High school programs give West Michigan students a path to manufacturing careers

As the new class of students arrived at Northview Next this year, they may have noticed some new advanced manufacturing training tools. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 15 August 2021 18:05

Auto suppliers fight to keep workforce on the job despite order slowdown, delays

Choosing whether to issue temporary layoffs is one of many decisions Pat Greene has had to contend with as the head of Cascade Die Casting Group Inc.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 28 February 2021 18:40

EV transition shakes up Michigan’s automotive supply chain

As major automakers and government officials pledge ambitious electric vehicle targets over the coming decade, Michigan’s automotive suppliers are adapting to a business environment that’s swiftly changing yet still firmly rooted in internal combustion engines. 

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 16 August 2020 18:50

Auto suppliers tackle disruptions with new ways of working, innovation

The topic of the day at this year’s Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars was predictable.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 16 August 2020 18:20

Automakers look to reshore work in the face of COVID-19; suppliers scramble to vie for it

Many domestic manufacturers, including automakers, had started reevaluating their supply chains even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, but the international health crisis has only accelerated those conversations.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 21 June 2020 17:50

Automotive supply chain adapts to month-by-month scenario planning

Automotive manufacturers are back up and running after months of production shutdowns following widespread outbreaks of COVID-19. 

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 29 March 2020 18:30

CRISIS MODE: West Michigan execs talk leadership strategies amid pandemic

As a global pandemic began to hit West Michigan, executives around the region stepped up to lead their organizations and their employees through the time of crisis. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 27 October 2019 19:30

West Michigan auto suppliers brace for continued upheaval

Regardless of when the historic UAW strike against General Motors Co. ultimately ends, the disruptive effect of lost production and earnings will linger, putting further strain on an industry already flagged by slowing sales and tariff disputes with China.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 13 October 2019 15:00

Manufacturing indicators point to long-promised economic downturn

On top of ongoing trade disputes and the disruptive GM strike, two statistical gauges of the U.S. manufacturing industry hit new lows, leaving economists and manufacturers preparing for a meaningful economic shift from a decade of growth. 

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 18 August 2019 19:00

AUTOMOTIVE ROUNDTABLE: West Michigan automotive suppliers stay steady, despite uncertainties

A decade into the economic recovery, the region’s automotive suppliers continue to ride the wave of vehicle sales volume in the North Amercian and global auto market. Yet, many are bracing for an impending downturn, which analysts predict will occur somewhere in the early 2020s. Primarily, suppliers are planning on weathering any upcoming downturn by banking on investments in new technologies, including electric vehicles and automation, whether through increased R&D spending or through acquisitions. 

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 06 January 2019 21:09

Business as usual? Manufacturers face questions over drug policies after Michigan legalizes marijuana

Now that all adults in Michigan can legally use marijuana, employers are weighing how the new law — and misunderstandings about it — could affect their workforces.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 23 December 2018 18:55

Crystal Ball 2019 Outlook Q&A: Patrick Greene, Cascade Die Casting Group

Cascade Die Casting Group Inc. is a manufacturer heavily concentrated in the automotive industry. Although the company recently lost business related to the closure of several General Motors plants, the industry shift from low price-point cars to higher-margin trucks and SUVs has President Patrick Greene cautiously optimistic about continued growth in 2019.

Published in Manufacturing

Sunday, 18 February 2018 19:07

West Michigan manufacturers depend on state grants for training dollars

GRAND RAPIDS — With Cascade Die Casting Group Inc. purchasing up to a dozen new robots every year, the company has realized its investments can’t stop with just the equipment.

Published in Manufacturing
Sunday, 24 December 2017 15:24

West Michigan manufacturers plan investments in tech, culture for 2018

Manufacturers heading into 2018 have made workplace culture a priority.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 24 December 2017 15:22

Manufacturers work to address ‘image problem’ at root of talent crunch

GRAND RAPIDS — After a decade of growth in manufacturing, the sector still finds itself having to defend its worth to parents and high school counsellors.

Published in Economic Development