American made: the new manufacturing landscape

During the recession many companies retooled their operations installing more and more automation. Today, there are many (certainly not a total replacement for those 10s of thousands of “old” manufacturing jobs lost) new and highly skilled–and high paying–jobs in the new manufacturing workplace.

Follow this week-long audio report on the re-emergence of American manufacturing.

Only 59 percent of first-time students at 4-year institutions complete their degrees within six years

Of those that make it to graduation, one-in-three hold a job that does not require a college degree, according to a new report from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Recent college graduates are more likely to be unemployment and underemployment for recent graduates has risen since 2001….  Part of the blame for high college dropout rates and underemployment rests on the shoulders of high schools, he says, which have used a “lazy approach” to push all students toward college.

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American Manufacturing Works!

American Manufacturing Works!

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.