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Batesville Steps up For Manufacturing Education
On June 9, PMA Chairman and CEO of Batesville Tool &
Die, Jody Fledderman, was featured on
Inside INdiana Business to discuss his company’s involvement in a
manufacturing education program in southeast Indiana.
Jody Fledderman PMA Chairman and CEO of Batesville Tool & Die
Batesville Tool & Die, along with the Batesville School
Corporation, IvyTech Community College, and three other local area businesses,
have teamed up to give high school students a chance to gain hands-on
experience in the modern manufacturing world.
Inside Indiana Business reported that, through the program,
freshmen and sophomore students can take elective courses featuring design and
manufacturing curriculums. After an application process, juniors can then enter
a 2-year program which allows them to gain college credit as well as access to
internship and shadowing opportunities. Happily, the piece indicated, the
program continues to grow each year. Next
Fall, more than 25 students will be a part of the curriculum.
Due to Indiana’s strength in manufacturing and demand for
skilled labor, Fledderman said the educational program will help to fill the
void in labor that has existed the past 10 to 15 years.
Importantly, Fledderman shared that one of the key
components of the program’s success is getting the students on-site to
physically experience the business and stimulate interest in the industry.
Fledderman explained that manufacturing businesses will continue
to need capable employees from the next generation who are excited about
entering the business and familiar with the latest technology to help the
industry progress. He views this program as a step for being able to accomplish
these goals both in Indiana as well as the United States as a whole.
To learn more, watch Fledderman’s interview with Inside
Indiana below, or visit the article here.
President Trump yesterday signed a proclamation placing tariffs of 25 percent on steel imports and 10 percent on aluminum imports. Mexico and Canada are exempted from the tariffs for now. The tariffs take effect at 12:01 a.m. on March 23. The President’s action is the result of recommendations from two Section 232 (national security) investigations conducted by the U.S. Commerce Department.
According to the proclamation, within 10 days, the Commerce Department will announce the process for filing a request for an exclusion for steel and aluminum products not available in the U.S.
These tariffs will place at risk the jobs of millions of Americans who are employed in the metalforming, metal stamping and other U.S. industries that use steel. Restricted availability and increased costs for raw materials will likely lead to current customers sourcing finished products from overseas competitors, who will produce them with foreign steel or aluminum and import them tariff-free.
Guest Blogger: Bill Frahm
President, 4M Partners, LLC
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Make to Order
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