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One Voice Cheers President Obama’s Signing of Workforce Training Bill
President Obama signed the new workforce training bill into law today, as anticipated. PMA and our One Voice partner, NTMA, have long been supporters of efforts to get the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act ("WIOA") passed and signed. Get more information on the new law in our press release below -
Cheers President Obama’s Signing of Workforce Training Bill Manufacturing Associations Hope that New Legislation Will Help Combat Sector’s Growing Skills Gap
The bipartisan bill, which passed
both the House and the Senate by wide margins, updates the Workforce Investment
Act of 1998 and covers dozens of job training programs. The legislation,
“WIOA,” is part of ongoing efforts to close the skills gap in the U.S.
manufacturing sector and enable employers to find and hire workers with the
skills needed for competitiveness in modern manufacturing.
The bill’s provisions, among
others, eliminate outdated programs; provide accountability and data reporting
requirements; require implementation of industry or sector partnerships and
career pathway strategies and, increase the ability to use on-the-job training
(reimbursement rates up to 75%) and incumbent worker training (may use up to
20% of local funds).
Importantly, the bill also
prioritizes the use of industry-recognized standards and credentials.
This inclusion is especially significant for One Voice as NTMA and PMA are
among the founders of the National Institute for Metalworking Skills (NIMS) and
remain active in setting the bar for skills standards in the metalworking
According to a recent One Voice
survey, nearly 75% of members in both NTMA and PMA have job openings in
manufacturing plants, and 80% report that they are having challenges recruiting
“The skills gap is a pressing
challenge that has caused many U.S. manufacturers to have serious shortages of
qualified potential employees,” said NTMA President Dave Tilstone. “Our
members have seen this problem first-hand and we are hopeful that this new
legislation will help with recruitment and retention for our sector which is
vitally important to the American economy.”
“The good news is that the U.S.
manufacturing sector is only expanding,” said PMA President Bill Gaskin.
“We are pleased that our voices have been heard and our government is taking
this important step to support our members and the manufacturing industry as a
About One Voice: The
National Tooling and Machining Association’s (NTMA) and the Precision
Metalforming Association’s (PMA) combined “One Voice” federal government
advocacy program represents nearly 3,000 metalworking companies and is designed
to promote U.S. government policies that will ensure a strong manufacturing
sector in the United States. For additional information, please visit www.metalworkingadvocate.org.
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
Sheetmetal forming has many challenges and opportunities to offer students and new employees. New metals, new forming technologies, and evolving information and simulation technologies offer opportunities for engaged employees to shape the future. Adapting to change and leading the industry discussion requires the experience of seasoned employees, along with the energy and new ideas of knowledgeable young employees.
The market for talent is competitive. Your competition includes other manufacturers, Silicon Valley, Wall Street and government. Successful recruiting and retention involves attracting students to the industry and building a rewarding work environment. Unfortunately, manufacturing has to overcome negative perceptions.
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We can generally sort Manufacturing Business processes into three groups: Make to Order, Assemble to Order, and Make to Stock. Make to Order is also known as custom build. Assemble to Order is used in repetitive manufacturing. And Make to Stock covers mass production of end products.
Let’s look at each one and see where to apply scheduling and planning tools for the best order to fulfillment timing.
Make to Order
Make to Order is the manufacturing process in which a large group of components can be made into very specific end products.
A printer may carry stock of many types and grades of paper and have the ability to create thousands of Ink colors. Skilled workers can use the tools and materials to create any item a customer may want printed. Then they can mass produce that Item into as many copies as the customer would like.
A die maker has large billets of steel in stock and with tools and produces very detailed dies to the c…