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Manufacturing Jobs for America Update - February 2014

Manufacturing Jobs for America Update - February 2014

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Monthly newsletter from Manufacturing Jobs for America and the Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.).
Monthly newsletter from Manufacturing Jobs for America and the Office of U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.).

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Published by: U.S. Senator Chris Coons on Mar 13, 2014
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Executive Order -- Streamlining the Export/Import Process for America’s Businesses
The President issued an executive order cutting processing and approval times from days to minutes for small businesses that export American-made goods and services by completing the International Trade Data System (ITDS) by December 2016.
Announcement -- The President Announces Two New Manufacturing Hubs
The President announced two new manufacturing innovation institutes. A Detroit-area consortium will focus on lightweight and modern metals manufacturing, while a Chicago consortium will concentrate on digital manufacturing and design technologies. The President also announced a competition for a new manufacturing innovation institute to build U.S. strength in the manufacturing of advanced composites.
News -- Blumenthal and Durbin Tour Connecticut Aerospace Manufacturers
Senators Durbin (D-CT) and Blumenthal (D-IL), the Senate Majority Whip and Chairman of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, toured Connecticut’s aerospace manufacturers. Blumenthal and Durbin met with officials and workers at United Technologies Corporation’s Pratt & Whitney and Sikorsky divisions to discuss federal issues affecting the aerospace industry in Connecticut and across the country.
Floor Speech -- Sen. Franken
 Sen. Franken spoke on the Senate floor about the skills gap and a bill he has introduced, the “Community College to Career Fund Act.” Sen Franken: “Under this program, businesses and community colleges would apply for grants based on how many jobs their partnership would create, what the value of those jobs would be to those hired, to their company, and to the community, as well as how much skin the businesses have in the game or maybe how much the community colleges and the businesses and the State have in the game.
We have millions of open jobs that cannot be filled because of a skills shortage, and we know these partnerships are the most direct way to fill those jobs. We know that existing partnerships are not doing enough and cannot do enough, and they need more resources in order to truly meet the need that exists. So that is exactly what my bill would address.”
Floor Speech -- Sen. Coons
 Sen. Coons came to the Senate floor to “talk about manufacturing jobs and their importance for rebuilding the American middle class, their importance for our economy, and their importance for our future.” The Senator argued that: “[O]nly if we continue to be a country where we invent things, grow things, and make things will we continue to be a leading economy where there is real opportunity for all Americans. Why? Because manufacturing jobs are high-quality jobs for not only those who work in them, who get higher wages and higher benefits, but also for the local economy, where manufacturing jobs provide more of a compounding benefit than any other sector.”
Speech -- Jay Timmons’ (President of NAM) Remarks on The State of Manufacturing
Jay Timmons, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, delivered the annual State of Manufacturing speech, focusing on the comeback of manufacturing in America, and manufacturing’s role as “the lifeblood of the U.S. economy.”
Survey – Survey of Metalworking Manufacturers
Job training and workforce recruitment ranked as the top priority for manufacturers in a recent survey of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA). In the January 2014 survey, manufacturers averaged 64 employees in 2013, up from 61 in 2012. In 2014, employers estimate they will increase their workforce by nearly 10%. However, of the 74% who report skilled job openings, 90% face severe or moderate challenges in recruiting qualified employees. The businesses typically supply components, tools, and other products and services to the agriculture, aerospace, appliance, automotive, defense, electronics, energy, medical, transportation, and other industries. More than half are working with community colleges and technical institutions and almost one in three businesses are using veterans and military organizations to recruit qualified employees. The NTMA also sponsors the National Robotics League to help attract high school students to manufacturing. The PMA is a leader of Women in Manufacturing, an effort to recruit and connect women to the industry.
Survey-- Next Generation Manufacturing Study Reveals Opportunities for U.S. Manufacturers to Excel
The American Small Manufacturers Coalition released the 2013 Next Generation Manufacturing Study. The Study measures manufacturers’ readiness, support systems and resources, as well as performances in six key strategic areas necessary for world-class manufacturing and future success. The study found that only a small percentage of manufacturers excel in all these areas, and that many manufacturers are unable to approach world-class status as a result.
Report -- The U.S. Manufacturing Recovery: Uptick or Renaissance
A new IMF working paper looks at the recovery of U.S. manufacturing, finding “overly optimistic claims of a U.S. manufacturing renaissance seem unwarranted, [but] some sectors have indeed rebounded strongly following the Great Recession.”
 Survey -- 2014 National Manufacturing Poll
A new poll conducted by the Mellman Group and North Star Opinion Research, on behalf of the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM), finds voters overwhelmingly favorable of a jobs plan and stronger manufacturing base as keys to an economic resurgence.
 Report -- U.S. Trade Deficit in Manufactures Surges 9% in Fourth Quarter, Chinese Surplus Up by 10%
A recent report by the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI) examines the U.S. – Chinese manufacturing trade deficit. “Chinese exports of manufactures in 2013 were 83% larger than U.S. exports, and on track to double in three years. … A broad range of export-oriented growth strategies among major trading partners, with some powerful mercantilist forces in play, pose a continuing threat to U.S. trade competitiveness for manufactures.”
Report -- Stop Currency Manipulation and Create Millions of Jobs
A new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) finds that addressing currency manipulation, the “third tool of macroeconomic stabilization,” has the potential to “provide a huge boost to economic activity and job growth.” The resulting exchange rate movements could “create 2.3 million to 5.8 million jobs over the next three years.”
Report -- Shaping the Future of Manufacturing
McKinsey, a consultancy, recently launched a new series focused on how “advances in technology are allowing companies to rethink how and where goods are made.” The series aims to “examine how manufacturing is evolving.”

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