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Manufacturers Disagree About Skills Gap, PwC Says

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Manufacturers disagree about the extent of the skills gap in the workforce, PricewaterhouseCoopers said in a report. The consulting company surveyed 120 concerning how advanced manufacturing technology is affecting the workplace. Full Article

Advanced Technologies for Growth and Talent

Sridhar Kota, Herrick Professor of, Engineering, Professor of Mechanical Engineering; Director, MForesight: Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor


Being the best in scientific discoveries and engineering inventions is critical but not sufficient to thrive in the global economy. Invent here, manufacture elsewhere is not sustainable. America’s comparative advantage in high-technology products—engineered and manufactured by our world-class engineers and highly skilled workers—is the only sustainable model that has ever worked. Full Article

Racing to Provide an Additive Manufacturing Workforce

Contributing Editor Ilene Wolff


Users of metal additive manufacturing have been able to establish best practices for safety and part inspection, but challenges remain in terms of workforce, controllers and automation, and plant and process certification. Ed Tackett, director of education programs at the UL Additive Manufacturing Competency Center at the University of Louisville (Louisville, KY), said the No. 1 problem holding back more widespread use of metal AM is having a workforce qualified to use it. Full Article

Toolmaker Plots Growth by Investing in Employees

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Challenged to find its place in the new century, one practitioner of the once booming trade of toolmaking, True Die Inc. (Zeeland, MI), is using machine tool technology to invest in the future of its employees and grow its business. It’s a strategy for growth that may well be tied to the future of the mold-and-die trade itself. Tim Rietsma and his brother Mike started their mold-and-die shop in 2000 wanting to continue their profession’s proud heritage of skilled toolmaking. Full Article

Ford Invests $1.6 Billion in US Plants, Creates 650 Jobs

Press Release - Ford Motor Company


Ford Motor Company is investing $1.6 billion to upgrade two of its manufacturing facilities in Michigan and Ohio, and creating or retaining 650 hourly jobs in the United States. The $1.4 billion investment in Livonia Transmission Plant and $200 million investment in Ohio Assembly Plant are part of the $9 billion commitment the company made in the 2015 UAW-Ford collective bargaining agreement to continue investing in its U.S. plants. Full Article

LIFT and Jefferson Public Schools Unveil Manufacturing Technology: A Career Pathway at Doss High School



Louisville, KY – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT) and Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) today announced the launch of Manufacturing Technology: High School Career Pathways in Kentucky. Doss High School, in collaboration with manufacturers and government leaders, will offer a career pathways program providing students with on-the-job training experience, employability skills and technical training. Full Article

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