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Podcast offers insight on future of U.S. manufacturing

Rockford, IL -- The views of a leading industry expert on the state and future of U.S. manufacturing are available ...


Human Resources

January 25, 2007
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Rockford, IL — The views of a leading industry expert on the state and future of U.S. manufacturing are available on the free “Better Process” podcast, a show that covers manufacturing on PodcasterNews.com.

The full interview with Gerald Shankel, president & CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), is available by visiting www.podcasternews.com/programs/87/better-process-podcast/3421/.

During the interview, Shankel provides his perspective on the future of the metal fabricating industry, highlights trends and statistical data, expresses his thoughts on why he believes manufacturing is alive and well in the United States, and addresses the importance of introducing young people to these jobs in order to train tomorrow’s workforce.

During the discussion, Shankel states, “The average age of the current manufacturing workforce is 52 to 54, so there will be many manufacturing jobs available in the future. We must encourage our young people to stay in school because with the proper science and math training a wide range of good paying manufacturing positions will be available to them.”

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Shankel adds, “I recently heard a speaker from the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank who indicated that in 1942 there were 25 million people involved in manufacturing in this country,” he said. “Today only 15 million people are involved in manufacturing. While that’s a loss of about 10 million people, these 15 million people are producing three times as many goods and services as were being produced in 1942, which is testament to the productivity of our industry.”

PodcasterNews.com (PCN) offers frequently produced, short-form audio content. The “Better Process” show discusses manufacturing news with topics ranging from U.S. manufacturing, China competition, RFID, lean manufacturing and manufacturing technology.

Based in Rockford, Ill., the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International is a professional organization with more than 1,800 members working to improve the metal forming and fabricating industry.