NAM sounds off on latest Obama cabinet nominees
Nominations of Salazar and Duncan welcomed as NAM looks ahead to the ongoing challenges that energy security and workforce development present to manufacturing.
The nominations of Senator Ken Salazar (D-CO) as Secretary of the Interior, and Arne Duncan, CEO of Chicago Public Schools as Secretary of Education, made this week by President-elect Barack Obama, were met with enthusiasm from the NAM .
“Senator Salazar is an experienced and knowledgeable addition to President-elect Obama’s energy and environmental team,” said NAM president and CEO John Engler. “He is a proven leader on natural resources management and has been a strong voice in the U.S. Senate on land, water and energy issues.
“We welcome his support for expanded offshore drilling on the Outer Continental Shelf, which is a significant part of the overall solution to the energy crisis,” Engler added.
Duncan’s nomination was likewise welcomed, as Engler pointed out the nominee’s support of using data to help drive decision-making and accountability in education. Duncan has been an advocate for performance-based evaluation systems.
“President-elect Obama has chosen an effective and visionary education leader to head the U.S. Department of Education,” Engler said. “We encourage the new designated Secretary of Education to help ensure that every student graduates from high school ready for work or ready for higher education; that career and technical education is aligned to industry-recognized skills; and that young people and their parents have access to good career information and alternative post-secondary education options to ensure their success in high quality middle class jobs, including those in manufacturing.”
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.