After a brutal winter, it looks like we are seeing some positive signs in the U.S. economy’s health. Check out this article, “Gauge of U.S. Economy Posts Solid Gain” by Martin Crutsinger, AP Economics Writer.
It is nice to see the resurgence of U.S. Manufacturing; check out the article “4th Quarter Manufacturing Employment Surges to 4-Year High“, by Aparna Soni, Economist, HIS Global Insight.
Over the past few years, there has been ample press about the lack of skilled manufacturing labor. Check out the article from Crains Detroit Business titled “8 communty colleges will spend $24.9 million in U.S. grants to train workers.” The article describes a program designed to train over 2700 displaced workers in advanced manufacturing.
When you ask a child what they want to be when they grow up, the majority probably wouldn’t list Welding, CNC Machining or Lathe Operation as their top choices. The reality is, most young people have little to no exposure to the Manufacturing industry. Fortunately, there are programs available designed to educate youth on potential careers in Manufacturing. Check out the article, “This class is riveting: Jackson program makes manufacturing fun for young students, creates pipeline,” by Chris Gautz of Crain’s Detroit Business.
Check out the article, “Is The United States Ready to Take Manufacturing Back?“, by Patrick Van den Bossche, A. T. Kearney, Pramod Gupta, Chui Lee, and Hector Gutierrez. The authors discuss the necessary factors to facilitate a comeback for domestic manufacturing.