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Manufacturers Stress Skills Gap Crisis on Manufacturing Day

Washington, D.C. –Today, Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM); Carolyn Lee, executive director of the NAM’s Manufacturing Institute; and David Farr, Emerson chairman and CEO and NAM Board chair, marked Manufacturing Day with op-eds stressing the urgency of the industry’s skills gap crisis. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are 506,000 open manufacturing jobs in the United States—the highest number of open jobs in the sector in the 18-year history of the survey.

Emerson Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair David Farr in The Washington Examiner: “For ‘Manufacturing Day,’ Let’s Change Outdated Perceptions About Careers in a Growing Sector”

“Manufacturers across the country, like Emerson, are growing. They’re investing and they’re hiring, due in no small part to pro-growth policies out of Washington like tax reform and critical regulatory reform. And yet, manufacturing’s success is simultaneously fueling a burgeoning crisis which, unless sufficiently addressed, threatens both the future of the industry and our economy as a whole.

“A recent survey by the National Association of Manufacturers tells the story. It found more than 90 percent of manufacturers expressing optimism about the future and nearly as many, about 75 percent, expressing deep concerns about their ability to attract and retain a quality workforce moving forward.

“Inspiring more Americans to imagine themselves as manufacturing workers may be the top challenge facing America’s most iconic industry, but it’s also one that NAM is working hard to overcome. One of the ways we’re doing so is through one of our most impactful initiatives, Manufacturing Day, which kicks off across the country today.

“MFG Day is when thousands of manufacturers and technical schools around the country open their doors to parents, teachers and, most importantly, students to show them the reality of modern manufacturing. A wide array of companies put on presentations of all kinds, from rocket launches to augmented reality apps, all with the goal of bringing modern manufacturing to life.”

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee in Industry Week: Manufacturing Is “High-Tech, Hands-On and Fulfilling”

“Those of us who are parents want nothing more than to ensure our children are ‘better off’ than we are. We want our kids to build a promising career that allows them to do meaningful work and raise a family. The hard part is helping them figure out how to do that.

“Here’s what too many parents don’t know: The answer can often be modern manufacturing. A career in modern manufacturing is high paying—and often does not require a debt-inducing four-year college degree. The average manufacturing employee earns about 25% more in pay and benefits than the average worker across all industries. The work itself is high tech, hands-on and fulfilling. Today’s manufacturing companies are technology companies, relying on coders, programmers, technicians and more to keep production running.

“But you don’t have to take our word for it. October 5 is national Manufacturing Day. Across the country, manufacturers will open their doors to show parents, teachers, students and community members the incredible work that’s going on in their local area. They will showcase the modern technology that is at the heart of today’s industry, and employees and company leaders will talk about the products they make—products that are essential to our day-to-day lives and include everything from smart electronics and automobiles to food, medicine, fuel and apparel.

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“This is a long-term challenge to be sure, but above all, it’s a promising opportunity for young people. And parents should be reassured that modern manufacturing offers what they want for their children: a solid career, a bright future and a chance to be ‘better off.’ See for yourself today and throughout the month at an MFG Day event near you.”

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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 $2.25 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.

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ICYMI: NAM’s Jay Timmons and David Farr Discuss Latest Outlook Survey, Manufacturing Day on CNBC

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Timmons on Manufacturing Day
“We have 2,600 facilities across the country, some of them at Emerson and other members of the NAM opening their doors to students and their parents today showing them what modern manufacturing is all about … [Augmented Reality], and virtual reality and 3D printing, and all these things. We were lucky to figure out that we could actually fax a piece of paper across the country when I was a kid.”

Farr on Manufacturing Day
“We have over 50 facilities in the United States. And we open up our facilities every year, each day to allow the parents to bring their kids in and encourage them to show what we’re doing in manufacturing. It’s a lot different when I was a young boy, and my dad was a plant manager. He worked for glassworks for 30 some-odd years. I used to walk the floor with my dad. It is completely different today. I mean, there’s a lot more technology. You have to be educated. You have to be skilled. And I think the government understands this, manufacturers understand this, and we are working extremely hard to try to get the workforce trained for the next generation.”

Timmons on Latest NAM Outlook Survey, Skills Gap Crisis
“Three-quarters of manufacturers report that finding skilled labor is their number-one concern. It’s the headwind that we see right now, Contessa. If you look at tax reform and regulatory reform, those are the things that are responsible for that 92 percent positive outlook … Dave is a perfect example of what a company can do and what the leadership of the company can do, but what the federal government is doing is they certainly have lots of training programs and hopefully those are going to be consolidated so that we don’t have 65 different programs. We’re really impressed with the Trump administration’s focus on the apprenticeship program. And a lot of our manufacturers are participating in that as well. So there’s a very large focus on this.”

Read the NAM’s Q3 Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey here, and to learn more about Manufacturing Day, visit MFGDay.com.

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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 $2.25 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.

 

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NAM Welcomes DOL Announcement on Association Health Plans

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of Infrastructure, Innovation and Human Resources Policy Robyn Boerstling issued the following statement on the Department of Labor’s announcement regarding association health plans (AHPs):

Lowering health care costs has long been a top priority for manufacturers. AHPs offer an important market-based pathway to expanded health care coverage and lower health care costs, and now is the time to make this option more widely available to smaller companies and their employees. We appreciate all of the efforts of the White House, the Labor Department and Congress in moving this forward. Manufacturers have a proud tradition of providing health care to employees—in fact, nearly 100 percent of our member companies do so. We will continue to be a partner along the way so that more manufacturing employees can thrive, be healthy and share in their sector’s success, said Boerstling.

In March, the NAM filed comments with the Department of Labor on AHPs, which essentially enable associations and groups to band together to provide health insurance to member employers and employees. Given the increased purchasing power and wider insurance pool that comes from banding together, AHPs often offer the potential of better care and lower costs.

 

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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 $2.25 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.

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NAM Announces Support for JOBS for Success Act

Timmons: “This Legislation Will Help Us Upskill More Americans for the New-Collar Jobs of the Future.”

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement backing the Jobs and Opportunity with Benefits and Services (JOBS) for Success Act of 2018, which is being marked up by the House Ways and Means Committee today:

The JOBS for Success Act creates new opportunities for people left behind to join the 21st-century manufacturing workforce, said Timmons. This legislation will help us upskill more Americans for the new-collar jobs of the future, provide the dignity of work along with the necessary wraparound social services to support people at work and enhance the talents of those who are unemployed or underemployed by allowing them to find meaningful career paths in a rapidly changing and evolving economy.

Manufacturers in America have a lot to be confident about, thanks to recent tax and regulatory reforms that have spurred record levels of optimism. But with 391,000 openings today for skilled workers and 3.5 million positions to fill by 2025, workforce solutions, such as the JOBS for Success Act, are a must for our country to remain competitive and stand out as exceptional in the global economy.

Timmons is the board chairman of The Manufacturing Institute, the NAM’s 501c3 affiliate dedicated to developing and implementing solutions to workforce development issues affecting the manufacturing sector. Timmons also served on the U.S. Department of Labor’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion.

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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 $2.25 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.