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Workforce Pipeline: A Smart Resolution: A Workforce Health Check

Jeannine Kunz, Managing Director of Workforce and Education, SME

1/1/2015

Healthy resolutions are rampant this time of year. In our personal lives, we pledge to eat better, join the gym, and schedule an annual physical. As we kick off 2015, now is also the perfect time to take stock of the health of your company’s workforce, and resolve to put time and energy into developing the most important asset you have: people.That is one of the secrets of world-class companies – those that excel operationally and financially. Full Article

Focus on the Workforce: Florida Celebrates Manufacturing Day with Purpose



Marilyn Barger, Marie Boyette, and Janice Mukhia, FLATE

12/1/2014

The National Science Foundation through its network of Advanced Technological Education (ATE) centers has been leading a national effort to strengthen, train and build a world-class technical workforce. ATE regional centers of excellence serve as hubs for educating and training high-tech, high-skilled technicians who play a critical role in leading innovation in high-tech industries across the nation. Full Article

Commerce Secretary Seeks Help for Passage of Manufacturing Network Bill



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

12/1/2014

US Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker went to Chicago today, seeking support to get legislation passed that would create a network of up to 15 regional manufacturing research centers.“It is our hope you will help us get this legislation passed,” Pritzker said at the end of a panel discussion in Chicago involving manufacturing executives, academics and public officials. Full Article

UpFront: #MFGis #whatyoumakeit



Editor in Chief Sarah A. Webster

12/1/2014

Manufacturing isn’t a field I ever thought I’d be working in as a child, a teen or even as a young college graduate. I went to journalism school and worked as a crime reporter, a court reporter, a political reporter, a medical reporter and then, eventually, as an automotive reporter. It was in that final capacity that I was first exposed to a factory, to manufacturing. Full Article

Viewpoints: The Great Rebalancing of Global Manufacturing



Jeffrey Reinert, President, INDEX Corporation

12/1/2014

Manufacturing in the United States will continue to enjoy a renaissance, driven by increasing demand for consumer goods in our own country as well as other countries around the world. As the world has become increasingly globalized, the differences from country to country in standards of living are shrinking, and it is increasingly advantageous to manufacture goods close to the point of use. Full Article

Focus on the Workforce: M.Lab21 — For Next Generation Makers



Leanne Gluck, Pamela Hurt, and Michael Hripko

11/1/2014

When it comes to educating the manufacturing workforce of the future, our nation and industry are faced with an incredible opportunity. The Boston Consulting Group predicts that by 2020 there will be a shortage of 875,000 manufacturing workers. Many of the empty jobs will be in advanced manufacturing, or high-tech areas of making things.  Full Article

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