Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 19

STACI DAVIDSON

and there are a lot of STEM grads
right now, but most don't go into an
occupation that is STEM-related," he
adds. "There is no awareness that
there have been jobs available.
Additionally, for so long, leaders have
said 'don't go into manufacturing.'
They have been leading students into
the healthcare and education markets, but now there is a rediscovery of
manufacturing and the workforce is
turning over.
"Our leaders have to revisit the
idea and see that in manufacturing,
there is prosperity and dignity in
working with your hands and mind.
Students can start on this path early
in high school, finish in a technical
school and get a really good job."

More Conversation
Community organizations and individual manufacturers are working
hard at bolstering the industry so it
can fill jobs and continue to gain
strength, but Paul stresses that
Washington must play its part as well,
which requires more than paying lip
service to the issues.
"There are some smart public
polices out there to boost reshoring
trends, but they are sitting by the
sidelines," Paul says. "We also need
tax policies and trade policies. The
problem is that Washington is driven
by crisis - look at how it worked when
faced with the budget deadline - and
they don't see manufacturing as a crisis. There needs to be space for a conversation about what is needed to
boost manufacturing in this country.

"It is something the president
could do on his own, but there are
also modest investments that
Congress could authorize to help the
industry," he continues. "They could
create programs to rebuild the country's infrastructure, invest in technology centers and pass legislation
to penalize currency manipulation.
The best part is that these issues
aren't partisan."

'Wave of Awareness'
AAM and other national, state and
local organizations - as well as manufacturers themselves - continue to
work to strengthen the U.S. manufacturing industry, which is great. Paul
notes that much of his passion about
the industry and its issues comes
from the fact that there is so much to
be excited about.
"Look at how well the automotive
sector is doing," he says. "People are
buying a lot of cars and models that
are made in the United States.
Detroit is making cars that people
want to buy, and that is good news for
the rest of the industry. Also, the
availability of domestic energy - natural gas in particular - is bringing
down the costs for manufacturers
and other industries.
"There is growing wave of awareness of the importance of products
that are made in America," he continues. "With Walmart campaigning
about this, it seems more serious to
people now. They could see the positive impact it has in the consumables
sector and it could make other stores
also focus on made in America.
Additionally, look at the ongoing
deployment of new technology and
what additive manufacturing could
mean for our industry. That is potentially a very large positive for manufacturing in this country, and it will
only get faster and cheaper as time
progresses. We just have to see if the
United States will be in the position
to capture the market." mt
JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2014 manufacturing-today.com

B UY AMERICAN
UY AMERICAN

There are still struggles to be overcome, but Paul is optimistic. The
biggest of which - seen by Paul and the
industry as a whole - is that it's tough
for U.S. manufacturers to fill the jobs
they have; the workforce doesn't
match the jobs that are available.
"The AAM has come out with a
book, "ReMaking America," which
was written by people inside the
industry," he says. "People such as
Harry Moser from the Reshoring
Initiative, Irene Petrick from Penn
State and Stacey Wagner, who is manager of workforce systems development at the National Institute of
Standards
and
Technology's
Manufacturing
Extension
Partnership. Wagner wrote about
workforce trends and pointed out
that we're really dealing with a new
generation of workers. Millennials
are plugged in and interact in a different way, so how can manufacturers
attract them?"
Attracting a young workforce to
manufacturing is one challenge that
many across the country are combatting. There is an increased number of
local workforce development programs that reach out to their communities, and manufacturers are getting
involved more and more.
Many manufacturing companies
are partnering with colleges, trade
schools and high schools to explain
to the younger generation that
today's manufacturing continues to
offer good, solid jobs, although it is
different from what their parents and
grandparents experienced. It also is
helpful that so many schools - at all
levels of education - are focusing on
STEM programs and promoting
them to students.
"With very large manufacturers,
they have big recruitment and human
resources capacities, so it's not as
much of a challenge for them to find
workers," Paul says. "But it can be a
big challenge for smaller shops.
"STEM education is important,

COLUMN BY

19


http://www.manufacturing-today.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014

Table of Contents
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - Cover1
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - Cover2
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 1
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 2
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - Table of Contents
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 4
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 5
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 6
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 7
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 8
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 9
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 10
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 11
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 12
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 13
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 14
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 15
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 16
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 17
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 18
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 19
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 20
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 21
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 22
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 23
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 24
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 25
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 26
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 27
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 28
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 29
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 30
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 31
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 32
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 33
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 34
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 35
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 36
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 37
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 38
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 39
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 40
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 41
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 42
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 43
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 44
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 45
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 46
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 47
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 48
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 49
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 50
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 51
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 52
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 53
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 54
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 55
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 56
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 57
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 58
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 59
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 60
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 61
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 62
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 63
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 64
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 65
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 66
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 67
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 68
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 69
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 70
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 71
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 72
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 73
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 74
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 75
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 76
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 77
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 78
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 79
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 80
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 81
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 82
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 83
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 84
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 85
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 86
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 87
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 88
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 89
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 90
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 91
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 92
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 93
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 94
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 95
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 96
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 97
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 98
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 99
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 100
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 101
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 102
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 103
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 104
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 105
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 106
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 107
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 108
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 109
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 110
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 111
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 112
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 113
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 114
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 115
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 116
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 117
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 118
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 119
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 120
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 121
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 122
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 123
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 124
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 125
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 126
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 127
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 128
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 129
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 130
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 131
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 132
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 133
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 134
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 135
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 136
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 137
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 138
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 139
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 140
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 141
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 142
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 143
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 144
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 145
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 146
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 147
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 148
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 149
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 150
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 151
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 152
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 153
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 154
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 155
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 156
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 157
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 158
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 159
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 160
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 161
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 162
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 163
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 164
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 165
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 166
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 167
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 168
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 169
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 170
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 171
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 172
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 173
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 174
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 175
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 176
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 177
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 178
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 179
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 180
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 181
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 182
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 183
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 184
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 185
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 186
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 187
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 188
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 189
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 190
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 191
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 192
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 193
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 194
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 195
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 196
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 197
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 198
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 199
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 200
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 201
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 202
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 203
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 204
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 205
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 206
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 207
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 208
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 209
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 210
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 211
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 212
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 213
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 214
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 215
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 216
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 217
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 218
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 219
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 220
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 221
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 222
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 223
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 224
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 225
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 226
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 227
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 228
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 229
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 230
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 231
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - 232
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - Cover3
Manufacturing Today - January/February 2014 - Cover4
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_vol18_1
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20171112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_201709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_201709_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_201708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_201707
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20170506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20170304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20170102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20161112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20160910v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20160910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/knighthouse/mt_20160708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20160506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20160304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20160102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20151112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20150102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20141112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_20140102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2013fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2013summer_vol2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2013summer_vol1
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2013spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2012winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2012fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2012summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2012spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2011winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/phoenix/mt_2011fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2011summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2011springsummer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2011spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2011winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2010fall
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2010summer
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/businessmedia/mt_2010spring
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/schofield/mt_2010winter
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/schofield/mt_2009fall
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com