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January 2017

The fourth industrial revolution — also referred to as Industry 4.0 — is here, and Automation Alley Executive Director Tom Kelly wants to make sure that Southeast Michigan’s manufacturers are ready for it. In a recent interview with Metromode, Kelly explains why it’s critical for local manufacturers to invest in new technologies and the impact Industry 4.0 will have on job creation in the region — and why the '78 Pontiac Grand Prix holds a special place in his heart.

Is Your Organization Ready to Win the War for Talent?

By Jennifer Akoma | Airfoil Group | 1/4/2017

When it comes to finding top talent, there’s no silver bullet, says Jennifer Akoma, vice president of human resources for Airfoil. But if your company can control the message that you want candidates or potential candidates to receive, you will have a leg up on the competition.

Meet Goodwill Industries, Automation Alley’s 2016 Member Company of the Year.

Automation Alley added 12 new members in December. Click the link below to meet them.

Automation Alley 7Cs™ client Vanderplaats discusses how the program has benefited their company.

Changes in global trade: whether you win or lose, is the choice yours?

By Jeff Jorge | Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP | 1/11/2017

The choice of how to view the world in doing business globally — to find opportunity, to decide with whom to partner in conquering it, and what to do next — all start with the slant of one’s prism. And this very conflict and complexity is what drives the world to be both a hard place to do business and one that’s filled with opportunity, says Jeff Jorge, principal and international growth services practice leader at Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP. Join him Jan. 23 for Automation Alley’s Global Business and Economic Outlook for 2017 and Beyond and learn how to smartly navigate the uncertainty, change and opportunity in the global marketplace.

Gearing up for Cybersecurity

By Bill Rosin and Brian Balow | Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC | 1/18/2017

In 2015, nearly 30 percent of all cyberattacks in the manufacturing sector occurred in the automotive industry. Today, the industry finds itself at a crossroads, as larger numbers of connected and autonomous vehicles begin to reach the broader consumer marketplace. This week on the blog, Bill Rosin and Brian Balow of Mich.-based Dawda, Mann, Mulcahy & Sadler, PLC, a law firm providing legal counsel to clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to other publicly and privately owned businesses, discuss why cybersecurity and the public perception of vehicle safety and brand strength are more important than ever.

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