Industry remains focused on boosting U.S. manufacturing, especially as new reports indicate that manufacturing is contracting
due to a sluggish economy and companies are citing difficulty hiring workers. There are new initiatives that provide a chance for manufacturers to get involved in helping the industry, from education to federal policy. Here is a closer look at several of the latest debuts and launches.
3D Printing Center in Upstate N.Y.
The Hudson Valley 3D Printing Initiative will site the Hudson Valley Advanced Manufacturing Center at SUNY New Paltz. The center will provide 3D printing equipment and provide hands-on training for area students going into the manufacturing fields, Poughkeepsie Journal reported.
The center is launching with the help of a $250,000 pledge by investor Sean Eldridge and a matching grant from Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corp. Community colleges in the area will have access to the center, and will have the ability to create new products and processes on the equipment. SUNY New Paltz's president also noted that a non-credit certification program at the college will assist professionals in using 3D printing in their businesses, according to the Journal.
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Connecticut Advisors to Help Manufacturing Job Growth
Although Connecticut has 20,000 open manufacturing positions, businesses in the state cannot find talent for their operations. U.S. Senator Chris Murphy has officially formed a group of advisors from the business community in the state to create a federal policy that will help accelerate hires within the state, FoxCT.com reported
At a roundtable in May, the senator met with Governor Daniel Malloy and manufacturing leaders to discuss federal policies that are needed to expand jobs in industry.
The Manufacturing Institute Announces the Relaunch of MFG Day Website
The new Manufacturing Day website (mfgday.com
) is now live and available for industry and educational institutions to find out how they can contribute to events on the national awareness day on Oct. 4.
The site features options to find out how to host or attend an event and videos highlighting how Manufacturing Day makes a difference in promoting manufacturing. It also provides an opportunity for industry members to contribute stories, pictures, and videos demonstrating how much manufacturing means to them and the country.
Here's how Manufacturing Day influenced students at Jackson State Community College in Jackson, Tenn.:
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