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10 Resources for American Made Holiday Gifts

Posted by Jill Worth

12/9/16 1:33 PM

Last week we featured a blog post by guest author Benn Lamm focusing on how to look for American made products.  He offered several great tips on how to determine where a product was made while you're looking for American-made products this holiday season. 

Now that you're armed with helpful information on how to search for those American made products, it's time to figure out where to look for them. With the holidays right around the corner, we thought you might like to hear about some of our favorite online gift resources featuring products made in the U.S.A. Many of these companies sell their products both online and in stores, giving you multiple options when shopping.  Also, don't forget to check out your local small businesses. The official Small Business Saturday was in November, but you can still celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for your communities.  

Here's a short video from our friends at American Made Matters: 


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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, Holidays

How to Look For American-Made Products

Posted by Guest Post

11/30/16 2:15 PM

With the holiday season right around the corner, we thought it would be appropriate to provide some helpful tips when looking for American-made products.  Below is a guest post from Benjamin Lamm at Label Land, LLC, an American clothing label company located in NJ. Benjamin is a content specialist, writer, musician, father and husband (not necessarily in that order!)

The latest statistics show that as many as 80 percent of shoppers are willing to pay more for American-made goods. Unfortunately, finding those products is more easily said than done. As it turns out, a flag label doesn’t necessarily mean that a product was made in the “land of the free and the home of the brave.”

Label Land, LLC, an American clothing label company, has built their company on the quality and efficiency offered by American production. This leader in the clothing label industry offers several tips that will make it easier to determine where a product was made if you’re hoping to increase your purchase of American-made products.

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, Made in America

Hydraulic, Electric, and Hybrid Plastic Injection Molding: Which Process is Right for You?

Posted by Jill Worth

11/18/16 1:30 PM

Design engineers have various options when choosing a plastic injection molding process to best suit their specific application. Each of the three primary methods — hydraulic, electric, and hybrid — feature unique benefits and drawbacks. To make the right selection for your project, it’s important to have a full understanding of how these methods differ and what they can offer you.

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic Manufacturing, Plastic Injection Molds and Presses

Celebrating American-Made on November 19

Posted by Jill Worth

11/9/16 10:30 AM

American Made Matters, an organization dedicated to educating consumers on the importance of buying American-made products, is holding the 4th annual American Made Matters Day on November 19th. The purpose of the event is for consumers to buy at least one U.S.-made product on this day, and to encourage consumers to buy made-in-USA products throughout the upcoming 2016 holiday season to show their support for U.S. manufacturing.

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Topics: American Manufacturing and Products, Made in America

Understanding Plastic Injection Molding Volumes

Posted by Jill Worth

11/1/16 8:30 AM

With over 16,000 injection molding and plastic manufacturing facilities in the United States, there is no shortage of companies to choose from. When choosing a provider, many factors should be taken into consideration, including capabilities, quality assurance, cost, company reputation, and delivery time. Finding the right plastic injection molder to fit your needs may seem daunting, but determining your volume requirements first and foremost — and how they may shift over time — will help narrow down your options.

As you’ll see below, plastic injection molding providers usually specialize in one of three volume classifications:

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic Manufacturing

5 questions to answer for an injection molding quote

Posted by Jill Worth

10/25/16 11:25 AM

The world is full of creative people with creative ideas. Crowd sourcing websites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo can help entrepreneurs refine their products and raise capital. But what happens when these designers and engineers want to take their ideas to market?  They need to determine the processes required to manufacturer their invention. Even the largest companies with a wide range of resources might not truly understand about the injection molding process and how important it is that a part be designed for manufacturability

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic Manufacturing

How Your Business Will Benefit From a Turnkey Manufacturer

Posted by Jill Worth

10/18/16 9:15 AM

What Exactly is Turnkey Manufacturing?

Turnkey manufacturing is a full-service manufacturing process in which one company sees through all aspects of a client’s project — from design to tooling to quality control to packing and shipping, leaving the customer with a finished, ready-to-use product.

There are numerous benefits to turnkey manufacturing, from cost savings to streamlined communication. Below, we’ll explore some of these advantages.

Shorter Production Times

In the constantly evolving world of manufacturing, “time is money” rings just as true as it did years ago. When multiple firms are working on one project, miscommunication and disorganization are much more likely, which often results in delays. Turnkey services, however, can significantly cut down on production times as all communication and coordination are streamlined and contained within one team at one company.

An experienced turnkey provider will have an established system in place and an organized team that can get jobs completed efficiently, safely, and on-time. If issues or setbacks do arise, it’s much easier for just one company to tackle them.

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic Manufacturing, Manufacturing

Celebrating Manufacturing's Past and Future at The Rodon Group

Posted by Jill Worth

10/11/16 10:30 AM

There was a lot to celebrate this past Friday at The Rodon Group.  Back in 2011, we hosted our first Manufacturing Day event.  We were one of about 200 companies throughout the country to open our doors to students, educators and parents.  Last Friday, we hosted our sixth Manufacturing Day and were joined by over 2,650 other companies and organizations.  The message has certainly become loud and clear over the years; Manufacturing Day has struck a chord with the public and continues to grow every year.  

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Topics: Manufacturing Day, The Rodon Group

6 Resources to Help Navigate the World of Plastic Injection Molding

Posted by Jill Worth

10/4/16 6:30 AM

Anyone who is involved in the world of plastic injection molding knows that it can often be a complex and confusing process. With over 60 years of experience and expertise in the industry, The Rodon Group has developed several eBooks and white paper on our website for those looking to expand their knowledge of this manufacturing process. 

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Plastic Manufacturing

Key Terms to Know Regarding Plastic Injection Molding

Posted by Jill Worth

9/28/16 6:30 AM

Plastic injection molding has a language all it’s own and with so many unique terms it can be difficult to learn the language. We put together a list of the top terms to know when discussing plastic injection molding, mold parts, materials, and problems. We hope you find this to be a useful resource.

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Topics: Plastic Injection Molding, Injection Molding Basics

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