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The future of manufacturing relies on new regulations and organizations making it better

August 08, 2017

In July 2017, the National Association of Manufacturers(NAM) released the results of a joint study on the U.S. public perception of manufacturing. Believe it or not, the future is bright.

More than 80 percent of respondents believe manufacturing is important to both economic prosperity as well as our standard of living. They believe that future manufacturing jobs are high-skilled, high-tech, cleaner, safer and more innovative.

However, manufacturing in America is not without issue, which is why regional and national associations exist to support and advocate on behalf of the manufacturing community. The issues most common to manufacturers include workforce, regulations, and taxes.

Let’s take a deeper dive and see what is being done about this and how you can get involved.


The Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of NAM, has conducted significant research on the skills gap that is widening due to the “silver tsunami” of retirees. Over the next decade, 3.4 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled.

Some of the efforts being put forth by the Manufacturing Institute to help fill the gap include:

Local resources are also working to get you the talent you need:

Read more here.