Studies show that more than 70% of Americans view manufacturing as the most important industry for a strong economy and national defense.
With 6 decades of off-shoring jobs overseas, America was still regarded as the global manufacturing leader in the late 20th century, but experienced a dramatic decline in the need for machinists over time.
The skills gap
Only 30% of parents encourage their children to enter manufacturing and only 17% of people view manufacturing as a top career choice.
67% reports a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers & 57% anticipate the shortage to grow worse in the next three to five years.
It’s different now
A need is growing rapidly for machinists with an advanced understanding of computer technology, an eye for detail and a love of working with their hands.
In recent years, digitalization of manufacturing has converged and is maturing. CAD software, CNC machine tools and advanced automation technologies allow for producing complex parts and tooling at significantly reduced costs with impressive efficiencies.
We at Midwest Turned Products embrace the challenge and are pushing forward in offering intern opportunities for aspiring machinists and looking for ways to contribute to education programs in our local communities.
Let's get going so we can put the “Made in USA” label back on our products!
author | schalk van niekerk