ICYMI: NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons Kicks Off State of Manufacturing Tour: “Creators Wanted in Manufacturing”

Excerpts from “The Detroit News”

“Last month, manufacturers in America reached a huge milestone. The men and women who make things in the U.S. now contribute a whopping $2.25 trillion to our economy—a new record high.

“We’re growing, and the American people want to see manufacturing in this country grow even stronger. But as the business climate improves thanks to tax reform and regulatory relief, the need to fill jobs grows, meaning there’s an urgent challenge before us: building the modern manufacturing workforce…

“Manufacturers need to fill some 364,000 jobs. By 2025, we’ll need to fill around 3.5 million…

“But 2 million of those jobs could go unfilled because we haven’t upskilled enough workers; we haven’t created enough opportunities for people to acquire the talents and skills to get those jobs…

“These are rewarding, hands-on jobs that provide the foundation for solid careers. They are high-tech—requiring engineers, programmers and technicians. They are also diverse—from coders to skilled craftspeople and brand managers.

“The average modern manufacturing worker earns more than $82,000 annually in pay and benefits, or about 25 percent more than the average worker across all nonfarm industries…

“[M]anufacturers are saying, ‘We’re hiring. Creators wanted.’ To shine a spotlight on this demand, the NAM is today launching our NAM 2018 State of Manufacturing Tour right here in Michigan, home to around 600,000 manufacturing workers…

“Over the next two weeks, we will crisscross the country, talking and listening to manufacturers, educators, families, veterans, people out of work or looking for more work, students and state and community leaders about the future of our workforce…

“Innovation is expanding job opportunities and what American workers can do, making the impossible possible, ensuring that people will always have a place in manufacturing and transforming the manufacturing industry for the better…

“It’s not about ‘white collar’ or ‘blue collar’ anymore. It’s about “new collar” jobs—ones that require training but maybe not a four-year degree…At manufacturing’s core are men and women who have lent their talents to build something bigger than themselves…”;

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.