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about political battles and are concerned
about the lack of qualified workers, but
many are looking up as that major issue is
addressed. CEOs are very focused on workforce development issues because that is
key to overall growth.
Keep us informed about the areas where
you are optimistic or why you may be concerned. Manufacturing Today will continue
to bring you reasons to be excited.
M F G TOMORROW
DIRECTOR OF WEB AND REPRINT SALES
VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES
A LFAB INC.
MANAGING DIRECTOR - WEST COAST
B UY AMERICAN
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT
The weather is warming up and that usually
puts smiles on faces. But manufacturers are
also smiling as a result of the economic optimism many of them feel.
Sixty-six percent of manufacturers
felt some level of optimism, according to
Kreischer Miller's recent 2017 Greater Philadelphia Manufacturing Survey, and pessimism has dipped from 16 percent last year
to 5 percent now.
Admiral Valve CFO Kelly Tomlin said her
optimism was the result of clients' plans.
"Our customers are now indicating that
they are ready to release funding for capital
projects in factories, in ship building and in
the industrial gas segments," she said.
This optimism was echoed during Exact's Macola Evolve conference in New
Orleans in April, where executives spoke
about how many manufacturing clients are
feeling more confident than last year. "We
are all primed for a return to manufacturing glory," Macola Managing Director Alison Forsythe said during her keynote. "The
opportunities are right in front of us and
we are heads down developing and delivering great products, services and new innovations." (Read more about Macola Evolve on
Manufacturers continue to be uncertain
C U LT U R E C H A N G E
EDITORIAL RESEARCH MANAGER
Simona Bannerman, Patrick Bell,
Stephen M. Lee, Duncan McGougan,
Katrina Polanski, Mark Randle
Age of Optimism