Showing posts from May, 2014

Press Release: National Press Club to Host Newsmaker on Manufacturing, Energy “Skills Gap”

 The United States manufacturing and energy sectors employ more than 16 million U.S. workers directly and creates millions more jobs in related industries.   But U.S. manufacturers are struggling with the problem of the "skills gap"—employers looking to hire, but unable to find qualified, skilled workers.   Adding to the problem, three million employees are expected to retire in the next decade.   What:   A National Press Club (NPC) Newsmaker, a news conference that is open to all credentialed press, members of the National Press Club and their guests, and all National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) members who are in Washington, DC for the One Voice legislative conference Who:     Panelists will include: Jody Fledderman, Chairman, Precision Metalforming Association Ted Toth, Chairman, National Tooling and Machining Association Steve Nowlan, American Jobs for America's Heroes Mark Volk,

PMA Chairman Quoted by Associated Press on Springtime Manufacturing Growth

Associated Press writer Paul Wiseman recently wrote that US manufacturing numbers are heating up with the rising springtime temperatures. A number of reports, Wiseman notes, showed a slow in manufacturing growth during the especially cold and difficult winter.  But those figures are turning around as the weather improves. Wiseman explains that one factor helping to drive the growth is a recent increase in manufacturing.  He points to Federal Reserve data which shows that factory production climbed 0.5 percent in the month of March.  Wiseman concludes that US manufacturers are expecting more growth to follow. To illustrate the improvement, Wiseman offers PMA Chairman and Batesville Tool & Die president and CEO Jody Fledderman. “We feel like the auto industry is all the way back from before the recession,” the article quotes Fledderman as saying, “The numbers we see are fully recovered from then. We expect to see 4 to 8 percent increases in the industry overall for the next