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Past Patriotism: A Coalition To Train Veterans for Manufacturing Jobs

October 15, 2012 No Comments

To fill advanced manufacturing jobs, a new coalition of employers will train veterans, and help them to translate their wartime skills to civilian use, writes GE Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt. In 1999, as soon as he completed high school and following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, Lionel Hamilton enlisted to serve […]

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Press Release: Makino

October 12, 2012 No Comments

Makino Introduces F8 and F9 Vertical Machining Centers for Large Workpiece Manufacturing Mason, OH – October 11, 2012 – Makino expands its line of F-Series vertical machining centers with the new F8 and F9. Large production parts present challenges due to the size and range of the part. Big die and mold components may test […]

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Skills gap Focus of Minnesota High Tech Employers

October 10, 2012 No Comments

MINNETONKA — Minnesota employers are working with trade groups, educators and government leaders to address critical skills gaps in the state’s work force. “Almost 50 percent of manufacturers in this state are offering jobs and can’t fill them, because people don’t have the skills,” Senator Al Franken told KARE Tuesday, citing surveys conducted by the […]

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Why Isn’t The Invisible Hand Training Enough Skilled Workers?

October 10, 2012 No Comments

The Invisible Hand Is NOT Training Enough Skilled Machinists. (And by the way, neither are we.) Estimates of as many as 600,000 unfilled skilled manufacturing jobs despite years of unemployment over 8% just don’t compute. As a free market guy, I continue to be frustrated waiting for Adam Smith’s Invisble Hand to bring the trained […]

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Manufacturing: The New Reality: A Lack of Skill but No Lack of Excuses

October 10, 2012 No Comments

What is one of the most discussed topics in newspapers, magazines, association meetings and all over the internet when it comes to the future of manufacturing? Yes, you guessed right, it is the lack of a skilled workforce. It amazes me that everyone talks about the lack of a skilled workforce but no one considers […]

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U.S. Manufacturing Technology Orders Up

October 9, 2012 No Comments

McLEAN, Va. — August U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $470.44 million according to AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology. This total, as reported by companies participating in the USMTO program, was up 3.4% from July but down 4.7% when compared with the total of $493.60 million reported for August 2011. With a year-to-date total […]

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Minnesota Technical Colleges to Share $13 Million Grant

October 9, 2012 No Comments

A group of technical colleges in central Minnesota received a $13.1 million federal grant to train laid off workers and veterans whose jobs have gone to other countries. The funding was announced Friday, Oct. 4, at Wyoming Machine, a precision metal fabricator based in Stacy, Minn. The consortium of colleges put together a training program […]

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Klobuchar Visits Wyoming Machine, Wilson Tool on National Manufacturing Day

October 8, 2012 No Comments

NEWS RELEASE — Minneapolis, MN – U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Friday, Oct. 5 stopped at Wyoming Machine in Stacy and Wilson Tool in White Bear Lake as part of National Manufacturing Day, designed to expand knowledge about manufacturing careers and highlight manufacturing’s value to the U.S. economy. The stops were part of Klobuchar’s ongoing […]

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Isanti Mayor proclaims Manufacturers Week in Isanti Oct. 22-28

October 4, 2012 No Comments

Isanti Mayor George Wimmer proclaimed the week of Oct. 22-28 will be observed as Minnesota Manufacturer’s Week in Isanti. In Isanti, manufacturing businesses employ 292 people, approximately 20 percent of all jobs located within the city, the proclamation reads. The week recognizes the manufacturing industry as a dynamic part of the state’s economy. “Promotion of […]

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