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Public Perception of Manufacturing Mixed but Improving

The good news: Americans continue to believe that the health of the manufacturing industry is vitally important to the health of the country’s economy. And, increasingly, Americans believe that manufacturing jobs of the future will require high tech skill…
The good news: Americans continue to believe that the health of the manufacturing industry is vitally important to the health of the country’s economy. And, increasingly, American… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/public-perception-manufacturing-mixed-improving/

GE to Move Some Production Offshore in Search of Export Financing

General Electric said it will move some assembly and production of its aeroderivatives turbines to plants outside the U.S. in order to obtain access to government-backed export credit financing.
Popular Discussions General Electric said it will move some assembly and production of its aeroderivatives turbines to plants outside the U.S. in order to obtain access to gover… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/ge-move-some-production-offshore-search-export-financing/

U.S. Manufacturing Leaders Say Government is Failing to Deliver the Help They Need

With several U.S. presidential candidates promising to reinvigorate the manufacturing sector and “bring home” manufacturing jobs, and with the White House attempting to keep pace with manufacturing revitalization initiatives emerging from major global com…
With several U.S. presidential candidates promising to reinvigorate the manufacturing sector and “bring home” manufacturing jobs, and with the White House attempting to keep pace … http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/us-manufacturing-leaders-say-government-failing-deliver-help-they-need/

Skills Certification Awards on the Rise. Is This a Positive Sign?

Are more workers being attracted to expanding career opportunities in manufacturing? One potential indicator that they are came recently from the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) which controls certification programs for industrial worke…
Popular Discussions Are more workers being attracted to expanding career opportunities in manufacturing? One potential indicator that they are came recently from the National… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/skills-certification-awards-rise-positive-sign/

Want to Close the Skills Gap? Restore Respect for Vocational Education

Consider: The amount of total student loan debt in the U.S. has grown by 150% since 2005 and now sits at an estimated $1.2 trillion. Consider: Of the estimated 3 million jobs currently unfilled in the U.S., it’s estimated that about 12% require a college…
Consider: The amount of total student loan debt in the U.S. has grown by 150% since 2005 and now sits at an estimated $1.2 trillion. Consider: Of the estimated 3 million jobs c… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/want-close-skills-gap-restore-respect-vocational-education/

Want Your Kids in a Highly-Paid Industry? Think Manufacturing

The recently-released Economic Census—conducted every five years by the U.S. Census Bureau—confirms what a lot of folks in the manufacturing industry already know: Manufacturing jobs tend to pay more than jobs in other industries, and the gap is growing w…
Popular Discussions The recently-released Economic Census—conducted every five years by the U.S. Census Bureau—confirms what a lot of folks in the manufacturing indu… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/want-your-kinds-highly-paid-industry-think-manufacturing/

It’s Time for a National Manufacturing Museum

This past week, I went on a fascinating tour of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., a 250,000-square foot museum whose stated mission is to serve as a “forum for First Amendment study, exploration and education.” The six floors of the museum, which opened in…
This past week, I went on a fascinating tour of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., a 250,000-square foot museum whose stated mission is to serve as a “forum for First Amendment stud… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/its-time-national-manufacturing-museum/

Paying a Penance for Poor Quality--Thoughts from the Recycling Center

When you are putting in 40-to-80-hour work weeks, it is sometimes good to take the time to do activities that allow you to clear your mind while still being productive. These activities give you time to take a step back and think about how business or pe…
When you are putting in 40-to-80-hour work weeks, it is sometimes good to take the time to do activities that allow you to clear your mind while still being productive.  These act… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/paying-penance-poor-quality-thoughts-recycling-center/

Drones and Other Automatons: How Far Should Society Go?

After reading my colleague Paul Tate’s recent post on how drones may revolutionize manufacturing logistics, I got to thinking about the subject of automation in general and its effect on society, on work, and on people – and what the future may look like.
After reading my colleague Paul Tate’s recent post on how drones may revolutionize manufacturing logistics, I got to thinking about the subject of automation in general and … http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/drones-and-other-automatons-how-far-should-society-go/

Manufacturers’ Optimism Grows, but so Do Skill Gap Concerns

U.S.-based manufacturers are increasingly optimistic about the economy and the growth outlook for their companies, and that optimism is driving plans for increased hiring and capital spending, according to the latest results of PricewaterhouseCoopers’ lat…
Popular Discussions U.S.-based manufacturers are increasingly optimistic about the economy and the growth outlook for their companies, and that optimism is driving plans for inc… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturers-optimism-grows-so-do-skill-gap-concerns/

Programs to Train Veterans for Manufacturing Careers Gaining Traction

In the 12 years since troops were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, an estimated 2.6 million veterans have returned home to the U.S. As the stream of returning veterans increases, we and many others have noted that these veterans would be a ready and valu…
Popular Discussions In the 12 years since troops were deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, an estimated 2.6 million veterans have returned home to the U.S. As the stream of returni… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/programs-train-veterans-manufacturing-careers-gaining-traction/

Who Needs Another Task Force on the Workforce Issue?

Earlier this month, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced that it was forming a “task force” on the workforce issue faced by industry, a long-persisting problem that has been the subject of many surveys, studies, and committees over th…
Earlier this month, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced that it was forming a “task force” on the workforce issue faced by industry, a long-persi… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/who-needs-another-task-force-workforce-issue/

Report: Young Workers in China Turning Away from Manufacturing Jobs

Are young people in the U.S. and other developed economies the only ones turning away from manufacturing careers in favor of service industry and other jobs seen as easier, cleaner, and cooler? Apparently young people in China are increasingly feeling the…
Popular Discussions Are young people in the U.S. and other developed economies the only ones turning away from manufacturing careers in favor of service industry and other jobs … http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/report-young-workers-china-turning-away-manufacturing-jobs/

Manufacturing Employment May Be Greater than Reported

Official estimates may be significantly underrepresenting the number of manufacturing jobs in the U.S., according to a recently-released academic report. The report by Andrew Bernard and Teresa Fort of Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business notes that, in q…
Popular Discussions Official estimates may be significantly underrepresenting the number of manufacturing jobs in the U.S., according to a recently-released academic report. … http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturing-employment-may-be-greater-reported/

Will Immigration Reform Fix the Skills Gap?

Immigration reform legislation now being hotly debated in the Congress would, if passed, help manufacturers by providing them with access to a larger pool of skilled labor, claims the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Wisconsin’s chamber of …
Popular Discussions Immigration reform legislation now being hotly debated in the Congress would, if passed, help manufacturers by providing them with access to a larger pool of… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/will-immigration-reform-fix-skills-gap/

Chipping Away at the Skills Shortage

As they have struggled to find enough workers with the skills needed to keep new, more collaborative and automated plants running, manufacturing leaders for years have repeated some by-now familiar complaints: • Students were being steered away from manu…
As they have struggled to find enough workers with the skills needed to keep new, more collaborative and automated plants running, manufacturing leaders for years have repeated so… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/chipping-away-skills-shortage/

Culture of Trust Leads to Employee Engagement

As manufacturers attempt to move beyond incremental operational improvement and achieve transformational performance gains, many quickly realize that one constraint is less-than-engaged front line workers. Unengaged workers are typically uninterested in e…
Popular Discussions As manufacturers attempt to move beyond incremental operational improvement and achieve transformational performance gains, many quickly realize that one con… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/culture-trust-leads-employee-engagement/

Manufacturers: Graduates Aren’t Workforce-Ready

For millions of college and high school students who graduated in the past few weeks, the thrill of receiving diplomas along with tearful congratulations has, no doubt, begun to fade, replaced by worries about finding gainful and rewarding employment. On…
For millions of college and high school students who graduated in the past few weeks, the thrill of receiving diplomas along with tearful congratulations has, no doubt, begun to f… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/blog/manufacturers-graduates-arent-workforce-ready/

Can the Government Spawn Vibrant Manufacturing Clusters?

By now the notion of economic clusters as geographic collections of companies in complementary industries and supported educational institutions and government agencies is well-known. Classic examples such as the high tech cluster known as Silicon Valley …
Popular Discussions By now the notion of economic clusters as geographic collections of companies in complementary industries and supported educational institutions and governme… http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/can-government-spawn-vibrant-manufacturing-clusters/

Manufacturing's Economic Impact Goes Beyond Jobs

In recent weeks, several pundits and a few economists have begun to question the importance of manufacturing to the economy because, they say, manufacturing doesn't create enough jobs.
Popular Discussions In recent weeks, several pundits and a few economists have begun to question the importance of manufacturing to the economy because, they say, manufacturing … http://ml100awards.gilcommunity.com/discussion/manufacturings-economic-impact-goes-beyond-jobs/

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