Most of the nation’s largest manufacturing areas show no evidence of a substantial shortage of skilled workers, according to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG). The most serious gap is localized to a few key manufacturing areas, and most concerns are overblown for the near-term.
U.S. senators are taking action to strengthen the nation’s manufacturing competitiveness with the bipartisan Revitalize American Innovation Act of 2013, which is intended to support and expand on the Obama administration’s proposal for a National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) and accelerate the creation of high-tech manufacturing jobs.
Senior leaders and chief executive officers of manufacturing companies report that the competitive landscape for manufacturing is shifting. Although the U.S. currently ranks third among top competitive nations for manufacturing, projections indicate that the nation will slip to the fifth spot in the next five years, according to the 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitive Index.
Calisolar Inc., was awarded a conditional commitment for a $275 million loan guarantee from the U.S. DOE, which it will use to commercialize its pioneering solar silicon manufacturing process that produces silicon for use in solar cells at less than half the cost of traditional processes. According to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Calisolar’s manufacturing process “. . . will help the U.S. to out-innovate and out-compete our global competitors.” Read more