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Encouraging STEM Skills in Manufacturing

Posted on November 19th, 2019
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Science, technology, engineering and math are critical keystones for the longevity of many industries, including manufacturing. Recognizing the skills gap rapidly approaching as fewer students decide to focus on STEM-related subjects, a variety of non-profit and educational organizations are stepping up to the plate to begin rectifying the situation one student at a time. These resources are diverse. Children can find introduction and skill building for STEM at the local library with the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts and Girls Who Code, just to name a few. While many of these examples will generate dividends in the future, the manufacturing industry is one of several industries already facing a skills gap as a lack of employees possess STEM-related skills. With 2.4 million STEM jobs projected to go unfilled, industries are looking for ways to mend the gap with more immediacy….

The Evolving Impact of Trade Policy on Manufacturing

Posted on February 13th, 2019
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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…