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Friday, January 04, 2013
Manufacturing Employment IS (not) Dead in the US!
There are always going to be naysayers and those who
want us to believe the negative.While
we were almost beginning to believe that all manufacturing has left or is
leaving the US, we are now seeing evidence of its return - or maybe some never
left.There is also a not so quiet
addition to the American manufacturing story – foreign manufacturers who are
successfully finding talent and building their products in the US.
What is really interesting are the headquarters
locations of some of the companies that have experienced success manufacturing
their automobiles within the US for some time – BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru, Toyota,
Honda, and Nissan.With them are their
suppliers.Over one third of all cars
produced in the US in 2008 were produced in US plants owned by foreign
Now the folks who thought all of our manufacturing
was taking in place in China and India are complaining that there not enough
trained workers in the US to re-shore manufacturing here.
There are times we need to be careful what we say –
and what we ask for.If enough people
are fed that propaganda long enough, they will believe it.Then we may really have problems.
The evidence shows that there are manufacturing jobs
in every state.Obviously there may be
states where there are more experienced manufacturing talent or states where
there is a greater need for experienced people for manufacturing jobs.This is not an unusual situation in other
industries.Remember Software Engineers
in Silicon Valley in 1999/2000?I was
out there recruiting for a client then.It was a free for all.Did the
need for more software engineers end that growth?No, more likely it was the fact that there
were more poor business plans than lack of experienced software engineers that
caused the Dot Bomb.
Where do we go from here?Somehow Honda has found experienced workers
in Ohio since 1982.They produce a
popular and quality Honda Accord there.Subaru
builds their quality Outback in a zero landfill manufacturing facility in
We need to get manufacturers in high schools to
begin to discuss the new clean and well lit manufacturing facilities and whet
the students’ appetite for these jobs.Let them know there is a future career in manufacturing.Get into Community Colleges and make them
aware that manufacturing is alive in the US.
Recruit out of areas that have excess manufacturing
talent.People will move if they find
the right job and find housing.Work
with technical and community colleges to create training programs that train
both recent high school graduates and previously experienced workers for work
in production facilities.During the
telecom boom in the 1990’s, Northwest Kansas Technical College in Goodland,
Kansas created such a quality telecom outside plant training program that there
were often more recruiters than graduates from their program (I usually got my
share!). Many of their students were not
traditional students.They were experienced
in other fields prior to attending Northwest Kansas Technical College.
Work with these schools to create manufacturing
training programs like the one I mentioned above.It could become your own minor league
development location until other manufacturers learn about it.If your production facilities use Lean/Agile,
this training could include all aspects of eliminating waste and continuous
process improvement.Possibly create a
certification program that enables workers to work and get paid while learning
Take a look at this website http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t15.htm/"target”_blank” As of December 31, 2012 BLS table U6 shows
that over 14% of all workers are unemployed or underemployed.Are there potential manufacturing
professionals in those 23 million people out of work?With that kind of potential source of
candidates, I would love to recruit production workers for a client with a
Lean/Agile production facility!
Work with your state’s economic development and workforce
development groups to create the training needed; and let’s get workers back to
work – and more manufacturing back in the US!Every time one person finds a new job, our economy improves.