CBS News highlights Skills Gap issue
Wisconsin manufacturer's plight a focus of story
A report on the CBS Evening News brought further attention to the growing Skills Gap issue in manufacturing. The report focused on the efforts of a Wisconsin manufacturer to continue to grow his business and his continuing problem in finding skilled workers. When asked what he’d say to people who contend manufacturing in the U.S. is dead, Paul Raucher of EMT International, a maker of digital printing presses, replied, “They don’t know what they’re talking about.”
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.