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There are plenty of obstacles to overcome for today’s American manufacturing executives to remain profitable for the good of all stakeholders involved in such a dynamic business. There are rising costs associated with increased government regulations enacted to protect the environment, corporate taxes, and training inexperienced employees to replace retiring masters. And there is always the challenge of competing with overseas markets unburdened by the overhead costs U.S. manufacturers must consider.

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Once considered as wild as the west once was, the distribution industry also must adhere to costly regulations for safety and environmental concerns. There is still a labor shortage among the pool of available truck drivers, as well, and distribution firms have added training to their operations to stem the tide.

In each issue of Manufacturing & Distribution Executive magazine, the decision-makers at the helm of these companies will find expert columnists, case studies and technology updates that can take their businesses to new levels of success. M&DE also shares the operational nuances that keep the top manufacturing and distribution companies at the top of their game.