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Boost Employee Productivity by Adopting Lean Manufacturing Principles

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If you are thinking about selling your business at some future date, you should take steps now to implement industry proven steps to a more efficient workplace. The best approach is to embrace the core principles of Lean Manufacturing (“Lean”). This will give you a great story to tell buyers who already understand the value of this well-known approach.

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Building an enterprise that can survive your absence – it’s all about processes and systems

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In an earlier blog post, we talked about what a manufacturing business buyer wants to see in a potential acquisition. We alluded to the risk of information and skill concentration in your employees, but we need to make it clear that this risk is most significant at the top of the organization. More importantly, it’s a risk that often convinces a buyer to pass you up for a more attractive acquisition. If a buyer decides to make an offer it may be lower than you expected because they don’t believe the business can thrive without you. It’s up to you to start building a business that can continue to prosper when you are gone, and you should begin that process before actively trying to sell your business.

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What Acquirers Really Want to See in a Manufacturing Business

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If you are thinking about retiring in the next few years, you may be wondering what it really takes to sell a manufacturing business and attract a qualified buyer who can sustain and grow your business to the next level. Financials are important, but some other areas of buyer scrutiny may surprise you.

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How Smart Manufacturers are Closing the Skills Gap – Apprenticeship


Last year, there was a net gain of 284,000 manufacturing jobs – the most we have seen since 1997. Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) estimates that production will continue to grow at a rate over 2% through 2021. The average starting salaries have risen, but manufacturers still find it difficult to source adequate qualified entry-level talent. In a recent white paper, Deloitte singled out the manufacturing talent shortage as the single biggest threat to growth:

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Trump Effect On Manufacturing M&A

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As 2018 draws to a close, it’s clear that our earlier predictions about President Trump’s effect on manufacturing M&A were right on target.  Boosting domestic manufacturing has been a key policy focus for the Trump administration and the President is likely to build on his early successes. Removing excessive manufacturing regulations, addressing global trade imbalances, providing manufacturing reshoring incentives, reducing the corporate tax rate, and reducing unemployment by creating manufacturing jobs have been a boon to manufacturers in 2018. These efforts outweigh the impact of modest interest rate increases on the manufacturing M&A outlook.…

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Changes to SBA 7(a) Loans Spark M&A Activity in 2018


Changes to SBA 7(a) Loans Increase the Odds of Buying or Selling Your Manufacturing Business in 2018 If you’re considering selling a manufacturing business or making an acquisition this year, you’ll want to read this article.  Big changes to the SBA for 2018 stand to benefit both buyer and seller! Historically, on acquisition loans with more than $500K in goodwill, the SBA was willing to finance up to 75% of a business purchase with the remaining 25% coming from buyer equity and a seller’s note.  The seller’s note is always subordinated…

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What a Private Equity Firm Can Do for You

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Copyright: photonphoto / 123RF Stock Photo The Upside to Giving Private Equity Firms a Shot (at maybe buying your business) At Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers, Inc., most of our sellers are terrified at the thought of talking to, much less selling to, a private equity group.  And, more often than not it has to do with one or both of the following reasons: A perceived lack of concern for the legacy created by the seller An inability to trust them (the private equity) I get it.  But, it may interest you…

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Buyer Alert – Do Your Due Diligence Before Due Diligence

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First in a two-part series on due diligence. From Entrepreneur Magazine, Due Diligence is defined as, “A reasonable investigation of a proposed investment deal and of the principals offering it, before the transaction is finalized to check out an investment’s worthiness; generally performed (with the assistance of) the investor’s attorney and accountant.” The due diligence phase, in our world, officially begins when the LOI (Letter of Intent) is signed by both the buyer and seller.  But as a potential buyer, there is plenty of information you can and should gather…

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Helping Private Equity Firms Navigate the Great M&A Divide

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Shop Floor & Jeans to Board Rooms & Pearls A few weeks ago, at M&A East, we met with many private equity firms expanding their add-on criteria to include companies in the lower middle market, as competition for the slightly large companies is simply absurd.  Additionally, a large number of these firms expressed challenges in connecting with the shareholders/business owners of these lower middle market manufacturing businesses.  And it’s funny, because we are incredibly aware of this fact.  Each week, we receive several inquiries from individuals stating that their sole…

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Manufacturing Day 2017 – A Fast & Easy Way to Make a Difference

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Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire youth into the amazing career opportunities that exist within the manufacturing sectors.  This is a worthy cause for sure, but many who love manufacturing don’t know how to make a difference or where to get involved.  At Accelerated Manufacturing Brokers, Inc. we’re doing something special in support of Manufacturing Day 2017, and we’ve got a fast and easy way You can make a difference too.  Engineers Without Borders USA harnesses the skills of engineers to tackle the challenges that…

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