Tag Archives: manufacturers

Military Veterans are a Match for Manufacturing

Posted on January 7th, 2020
veterans in manufacturing

The skills gap continues to be an ongoing and critical issue for the manufacturing industry. There are jobs to fill but the industry is struggling to find workers versed in the newest skills such as AI (artificial intelligence), automation, robots and cobots, analytics and IoT (the Internet of Things) to name a few. Embracing a growing range of technologies, the industry continues to look forward, teaming with outside organizations to encourage the study of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills in younger generations, but in the immediate the gap remains. A 2018 Skills Gap in Manufacturing Study from Deloitte cites technology as responsible for the creation of more jobs in the industry. This is a reverse from what was once feared that technology would decrease the number of available jobs in manufacturing. Deloitte’s study estimates 2.4 positions will be…

The Evolving Impact of Trade Policy on Manufacturing

Posted on February 13th, 2019
veterans in manufacturing

Political maneuvering and warring factions on both sides of the aisle in Washington DC have left manufacturers wondering what might be next when considering the possible impacts on trade policy for the industry. In early Dec. 2018, President Trump further heightened uncertainty around trade policy with an announcement that the U.S. intended to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Trump delivered the announcement to reporters on Air Force One saying he would notify NAFTA partners, Canada and Mexico, of his intention to withdraw in six months, mid-2019, according to an article in Politico. The consideration of such a move is sounding alarm bells and raising questions of constitutional authority, causing many to ask if such a move interferes with Congress’s constitutional authority to set tariffs and “regulate commerce with foreign nations,” according to the Politico report. Being…