From 1991-1993 I was charge of hiring over 2,000 people–machinists, mechanical and electrical engineers, firmware engineers, technicians, material handlers, production works, supervisors and technical managers–to start up Hewlett Packard’s color inkjet printer manufacturing operations in Vancouver, WA. The strategic vision was to automate the assembly operations and upskill our workforce to do this. Sadly, in 1998 we shut down manufacturing in Vancouver and watched those jobs go overseas. I was downsized for the 6th time.
A lot is being written about the resurgence of manufacturing in America. Did you know that
According to the American International Auto Dealers Association, about 55 percent of all light vehicles sold in the U.S. through July were foreign brands—but more than half were built in America. In fact, 10 foreign automakers, from Hyundai to Toyota to Mercedes-Benz, now operate 17 production facilities in the U.S., and together they employ an estimated 500,000 Americans at their factories and dealerships.
Watch this video On the Job with Worksman Cycles and read the article.
- Hey Manufacturers: What If Manufacturing Came Back To America? (forbes.com)
- American manufacturing is coming back (to a degree) but not without a few caveats in exchange. (coherentramblingsforcoherentminds.wordpress.com)
- Number of the Week: Manufacturing Nowhere Near Regaining Lost Jobs (blogs.wsj.com)