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August 11, 2015

20 Manufacturing Thought Leaders You Should Follow on Twitter


Whether you are looking for inspiration, guidance, tips, best practices or the latest industry developments and trends, there are a host of people and companies in the manufacturing sector publishing and sharing outstanding content on Twitter. Below we’ve compiled a list of 20 manufacturing thought leaders you should be following.

Please tweet to us if you think a manufacturing thought leader is missing from this list!

Strategies / Trends / Best Practices / News


Travis Hessman

Website: newequipment.com

Travis Hessman (self-proclaimed tech geek, lit nerd and caffeine addict) is Editor-in-Chief at New Equipment Digest, the industry’s most preferred product magazine for 75 years. As the leading monthly source of information on innovative products for general industry, NED serves more than 200,000 plan operations, maintenance, engineering, production, purchasing and administrative personnel in more than 100,000 facilities throughout the US.

Jim Tompkins

Website: tompkinsinc.com/category/blog

Jim Tompkins is a global supply chain and business strategy expert, CEO of Tompkins International, noted speaker, authority on logistics, supply chain, material handling and leadership. He is based in Raleigh, NC.

Patricia Panchak

Website: industryweek.com

Patricia Panchak is Editor-in-Chief at IndustryWeek, where she covers world-class manufacturing trends, strategies, best practices and policy issues that impact manufacturing competitiveness.

Quality Digest

Website: qualitydigest.com

Chico, CA-based Quality Digest is dedicated to promoting continuous improvement in quality management, manufacturing, test and measurement, healthcare, supply chains and services.


Website: manufacturing.net

Manufacturing.net offers the latest news, trends and business analysis on manufacturing and product development. Subscribe to their email newsletters and check out their site for free webinars and other useful resources.


Website: industryweek.com

IndustryWeek is a trusted resource for manufacturing business leaders exploring the issues, strategies, trends and technologies that build more competitive and profitable companies.

David Greenfield

Website: http://t.co/JS474ZP2K4

David Greenfield is an Atlanta-based journalist/editor covering industrial technology & trends for automationworld.com. He is also a professional musician.


Website: bit.ly/1AnjaQC

HVAC Info provides live content curated by top HVAC influencers.

Associations / Organizations



Website: sme.org

SME is where the manufacturing industry comes together to learn, explore and celebrate the human quest for innovation, just as it has for more than 80 years. SME is based in Dearborn, Michigan.

The National Association of Manufacturers

Website: nam.org

The National Association of Manufacturers is the voice of all manufacturing in the US. Its focuses are leading innovation, creating opportunity and pursuing progress.

The Association for Manufacturing Technology

Website: AMTonline.org

The Association for Manufacturing Technology represents and promotes US-based manufacturing technology and its members—those who design, build, sell and service the continuously evolving technology that lies at the heart of manufacturing.

MAPI - Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation

Website: mapi.net

Arlington, VA-based Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation is focused on promoting manufacturing best practices and economic forecasting.



Plex Systems

Website: plex.com

The Plex Manufacturing Cloud ushers in a new era of ERP with a complete system designed to power today's modern manufacturer by connecting every manufacturing operation in the cloud for maximum efficiency, productivity and visibility, while supporting continuous innovation.




Website: qmed.com

LA-based Qmed is a news, information, technology, and supplier resource for the medical device industry. They have the world's only directory of pre-qualified suppliers to the medical device and in vitro diagnostics industry.

Medical Design & Outsourcing

Website: medicaldesignandoutsourcing.com

Medical Design & Outsourcing educates on technical advancements in design, development and contract manufacturing of medical devices and equipment.




Website: jabil.com

Jabil is a global manufacturing partner combining expertise in engineering, design and supply chains for the world's biggest brands.

Deloitte Manufacturing

Website: deloitte.com/manufacturing

Check out Deloitte Manufacturing’s Twitter account for industry insights in aerospace & defense, automotive, chemicals, forest, paper & packaging, industrial products & services and metals.

Sanmina Corporation

Website: Sanmina.com

Sanmina creates the world’s most innovative optical, electronic and mechanical products.

The Rodon Group

Website: rodongroup.com

The Rodon Group is a Hatfield, PA-based manufacturer of high volume, custom plastic injection molded parts and offers a turnkey manufacturing solution for various industries.

Rethink Robotics

Website: rethinkrobotics.com

Founded by Chairman and CTO @rodneyabrooks, Boston-based Rethink Robotics developed Baxter, the world’s first robot with common sense for manufacturing and research.

Remember to tweet to us @eastwestmfg if you think we should add someone to this list of manufacturing thought leaders you should follow on Twitter!




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