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.”
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey