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Making Music

The concert in the PRS Guitars manufacturing plant

by MOM

I didn’t know if I should try to look cool when I sat down across from Paul Reed Smith. He’s the CEO of PRS Guitars, a fine mark of craftsmanship and innovation based right across the Bay Bridge from Annapolis … more

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Rethinking Processes

What an old carmaker can teach us about innovation

by MOM

General Motors is a new company. That’s right—the old, hulking (and recently bankrupt) giant of American industry has the DNA of a startup. That fact wasn’t clear to me until recently, when I sat down with Plant Manager Bill Tiger … more

Domino Sugar Plant

Sweet Innovation

Why knowledge based work is just as relevant in manufacturing

by MOM

Stu FitzGibbon is about to mark twenty-five years at Domino Sugars in Baltimore. As refinery manager, he’s seen automation accelerate over the decades and continue to this day. But while some see technology and global economic forces pushing American manufacturing … more