The New York state manufacturing report released this morning by the Federal Research Bank of New York is one of the brighter spots among the manufacturing surveys provided by the Fed banks each month. Manufacturers in the Empire State remain fairly optimistic in the six-month outlook as new orders continued to grow, business conditions improved, and employment levels increased.
This isn’t just a lesson for the United States. It’s a lesson for countries around the world: Once manufacturing bids farewell, engineering and production know-how depart as well, and innovation activities eventually follow. We can trace how this happened in the U.S. by looking back to the original offshoring frenzy which started with consumer electronics in the 1960s.
It's a common complaint and worry among manufacturers today that they face a serious skills gap. There's been plenty of ink spilled about the critical need for people trained in the skilled trades: electricians, welders, machinists, and so on. But the gap is much greater than the skilled trades, and goes to a breakdown in fundamental knowledge in working with one's hands, along with the dwindling desire to work in manufacturing.
Continuing its efforts to build up the manufacturing sector, on Oct. 5 The White House released a 40-page report, Strategy for American Leadership in Advanced Manufacturing, compiled by the National Science and Technology Council Subcommittee on Advanced Manufacturing.
The U.S. industries responsible for the production of military weapons systems show “a number of vulnerabilities,” a White House report revealed Thursday, according to a senior administration official. The 107-page report identifies at least 300 specific vulnerabilities -- including a major issue regarding the skilled-labor gap that the administration says “demand(s) immediate action.”
Manufacturing USA completed its third year since Congress authorized the program through the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation Act (Public Law 113-235). This Fiscal Year 2017 Annual Report describes the accomplishments and state of Manufacturing USA, including its 14 member institutes.
Manufacturing USA today released its 2017 Annual Report. The report describes the program’s work in moving discoveries from the Nation’s universities and research laboratories into production in the U.S. It also describes the program’s fourteen institutes successes in developing world-changing manufacturing technology and equipping the U.S. manufacturing workforce with the high-value skills needed to make tomorrow’s products.
Most U.S. manufacturers agree that increased growth and investment opportunities are on the horizon, despite some of the uncertainties related to global trade. But they say a major issue looms: Where are the skilled workers for the digital factories of the future?
From IT departments and engineering to logistics, manufacturing, and construction, industry experts are getting older, retiring, and leaving a vacuum. But it’s not their fault. With the exception of IT, industries like manufacturing, construction, and trucking can be seen as unfavorable areas for careers—heavy or “dirty” industries, if you will. But it’s 2018, and technology is driving these markets to a new level of innovation.
In 2017, Junior Achievement of Southeastern Michigan and Cooper Standard partnered together to create a STEM education program, recognizing that the highly publicized skills gap is really rooted in an interest gap with students. The goal of the program is to inspire and educate middle and high school students to consider STEM-related careers. The program will reach approximately 3,000 students throughout southeast Michigan each year and has generated overwhelming interest from students, teachers, and program volunteers.