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Hytrol is in the business of manufacturing, and look—people often have the wrong idea about it. There have been some alarming studies out there about what people think of when they think about careers in manufacturing. They think it’s dirty work. They think it’s not exciting. They think it’s not well-paying. But here’s some news: that is simply not true about today’s industry. Take a look at these common misconceptions—and what manufacturing means today.  
Industry Trends
Companies execute acquisitions so that each can create more value more quickly—it's risky, since about half of those fail before they get off the ground. But, even in the case of successfully being acquired, there can be pitfalls for a company and its customers. It's because of those pitfalls that Hytrol has never considered being acquired. It's not just the risk involved—you don't find the success that we've had without taking risks. It's because we know exactly how we create value for our cust...
We've all been there before: calling into a support center expecting a live person to answer when an automated voice answers instead. After following the vocal prompts and being misunderstood by the machine and redirected elsewhere to where you just hang up the phone, you end up right where you started--frustrated.
2016 was one of the best years in Hytrol history. We overcame challenges in the influx of business, diversified our markets, grew our workforce and invested in our relationships.
According to a survey conducted by PwC regarding innovation, 92 percent of industrial manufacturing executives said innovation is important to future revenue growth. It makes sense—to meet consumer demand in this day and age, businesses must evaluate how to solve problems and generate new capabilities to increase throughput. However, innovation efforts can’t take off without a shared vision or strategic plan. Throwing resources at research and development won’t solve the problem. It is important...
On this blog, I’ve discussed trends in manufacturing, in mentoring, in hiring. The overarching theme for each of these topics can be summed up in one word: change. In every industry, in every generation, and in every market, change is the one constant.  Leadership is no different.  While the principles of leadership remain true throughout time, their application is no less impacted by change than any of these other areas previously discussed. Lean leadership has demonstrated its effective applic...
Is your conveyor company the same company it was last year? If it’s Hytrol, it is. Recently some major players in the material handling industry were acquired through business agreements, and while an acquisition does not spell disaster, it’s always a harbinger of change.  Usually it is a bittersweet moment for those at the company, a period of uncertainty for the customer and the end for the old way of doing business. I have seen and been involved with multiple acquisitions in previous companie...
It’s a tough fact to swallow: the skills gap in manufacturing means that 2 million jobs will potentially go unfulfilled in the next decade in this sector. The solution to this problem can be even tougher for an older generation to face: we need Millennials in our workforce, and we need them now. Let me start by saying that I dislike being categorized as a boomer and suspect many others dislike being categorized by age. Not everyone fits neatly into these categories, but it does offer a framework...
At Hytrol, we create the most advanced material handling solutions in the world, and we couldn't do that without the dedication of each and every employee who walks through these doors.  We also recognize that a manufacturing facility has the potential for a higher rate of accidents than working in an office cubicle. Safety is more than a metric to us— it's a guarantee that we'll get each employee home safely to their families and friends. Taking steps toward your workers’ safety is imperative t...
Creating a team-oriented environment can seem like a daunting task. In today’s workplace, employees can find themselves competing against each other instead of helping one another out, and in the end everyone’s performance suffers for it.  As a team leader, it’s your job to take your employees to the highest level of performance—you can do this by creating an environment that plays on everyone’s strengths and creates a culture of excellence. At Hytrol, we place importance on having a family cult...
Going to a trade show can give you insight into your industry. The knowledge and exposure to products and resources is of great value in itself. But if you’re attending a trade show for more specific information about a solution, where do you start? There are many exhibitors who may be offering the kind of solution you want, but in a decades-long commitment like a material handling solution, it is crucial to find a company that you’ll want to work with in the long run. This list of questions can...