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The Resurgence of U.S. Manufacturing Continues to Impact Trade Policy

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The resurgence of the U.S. manufacturing sector continues to impact trade policy around the world. Over the last ten years, prime manufacturing areas such as Ohio have witnessed first-hand how local manufacturers can remain competitive and positively influence the impact of international trade relations on the people working and producing U.S. manufacturing products.

Understanding the Impact

The success of manufacturing at home is directly related to the failures and successes of a growing number of international trade policies and programs. These partnerships include U.S. Trade representatives, entities within the private sector, governments of foreign lands, international organizations and nongovernmental organizations. While often out of the day-to-day mindset, the policies enacted by these various groups correlate to what’s happening with the industry at home. Considering the current 14 free-trade agreements with 20 countries, the influence of the distribution, production and ultimate consumption of manufacturing goods cannot be understated.

In our home state of Ohio, there’s been undeniable growth in manufacturing output, building from the lowest point in 2009 with continuing growth ever since. In 2015, Ohio-based manufacturing accounted for 17.77 percent of the total output in the state, according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Top 10 Ohio Manufacturing Sectors

Petroleum and Coal Products

Chemical Products

Motor Vehicles and Parts

Food, Beverage and Tobacco products

Machinery

Plastics and Rubber Products

Primary Metals

Aerospace and Transportation Equipment

Electrical equipment, Appliances and Components

Measuring the Impact

Shifting production and global supply chains continue to improve the efficiencies of U.S. manufacturers. Evidence of such success is visible in the growing number of investments made across the country. Such expenditures make it critical to understand how policy changes can immediately impact the work of U.S. manufacturers in the short- and long-term. In 2017, trade with free-trade partners represented more than 90 percent of U.S. imports by value and close to 70 percent of exports, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Understanding the interdependence of trade policy logistics helps to understand the potential for disruptions in manufacturing at home including where and how manufacturers procure goods. Depending on the complexities, this could increase production and distribution costs. It’s critical for manufacturers to have alternative plans for sources and guardrails in place to minimize disruptions in the production cycle knowing what’s there today will not necessarily be there tomorrow or even next month.

Collective Power

As overseas manufacturing wages continue to increase, the focus on regional manufacturing throughout the U.S. becomes increasingly valid. Such an advantage becomes more pronounced when considering how U.S. manufacturers continue to make efforts toward innovation, increased research and development, bridging the skills gap and emphasizing abbreviated supply chains. With steady efforts, reinvestment in U.S. manufacturing and its regional players will continue to create jobs where they are needed, driving innovation at home and abroad.

 

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Can’t Miss Topics at AeroDef 2017

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This March 6th- 9th is one of the most important events in aerospace and defense manufacturing. AeroDef takes place in Fort Worth, Texas at the Fort Worth Convention Center.  This city just so happens to be the epicenter of some of the top OEMs in the country for the aerospace and defense industry, including industry leaders like Lockheed Martin with their Aeronautics Fort Worth facility. With all its promising conferences and tours, here is a list of the “must see” topics at this year’s AeroDef.

Composites

Composites are becoming cheaper to make, more efficient to produce, and constantly increasing in quality. Whether you’re just starting to apply composite production in your manufacturing process, or looking for new approaches towards in automated picking, AeroDef has the conference for you. Each of the four days has a composite-based conference depending on your interest and schedule. Check the schedule out here.

Cyber Security Systems

As information technology in the workplace becomes more and more digitized and organized within internal and external company systems, there is, of course, a concern for security and threat identification within the production process. These security challenges can be quite complex, so AeroDef has plenty of conferences on the subject for you to protect your network.

Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing

Additive manufacturing is one of the most significant innovations of the manufacturing industry and much more so in the aerospace and defense industry. 3-D printing has brought with it a plethora of ideas and novel approaches to aeronautics and companies are taking advantage of these innovations. There will plenty of discussion on the subject, including one by Lockheed Martin on March 7th. Be sure to check out all you can!

Triumph Tours

One of the most exciting aspects of AeroDef is the tours. A few goliaths of the industry will be opening their doors, including Triumph Aerostructures on March 6th from 12:30- 4:00 pm. This is a chance to check out how the large global manufacturers approach the manufacturing process and apply innovative and new technologies. You shouldn’t miss it!

If this year’s AeroDef is as promising as other years, you’ll reap the benefits by attending these specific conferences that are taking place throughout the 4-day summit. There will certainly be a plethora of exhibits to check out while you’re waiting for that next conference to start. So, check out the floor plans beforehand and see what you’d be interested. Organize your time and strategize which events you’d like to attend by checking out all the details on Aerodefevent.com.

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Solving the Skills Gap by Putting Veterans to Work

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While manufacturers are hyper aware of the US skills gap mentioned in previous posts, it’s not something the public is familiar with. More than 80 percent of manufacturers report they cannot find people to fill their skilled production jobs. And while there are plenty of millennials in need of jobs, the manufacturing industry relies on the type of loyalty and devotion to a company that is necessary to withstand extensive skills and safety training. Unfortunately, current working culture influences the majority to jump companies in search of advancement. In some industries, this is without much consequence; our industry is an exception.

As a country, however, we are extremely loyal. We understand the value of American manufacturing, treasuring the knowledge that our products are made at home. To mend glaring contradiction between American values needs and workforce culture, it is clear the industry must attract quality candidates with the existing or transferable skills necessary to remain competitive in the global marketplace.

The self-evident solution to the problem is to unleash the power of our most loyal and underutilized workforce demographic: Our military Veterans. Each month, thousands of servicemen and women transition to civilian life who demonstrate both technical aptitude and exceptional work ethic.

Technical Skills

As arguably the strongest military in the world, who is more acquainted with advanced technical machinery than the United States armed forces? Our service members’ skills are easily transferred as they are taught how to operate and maintain state-of-the-art equipment. Not to mention, they understand the consequences of failed machines.

Trusted Reliability

Veterans know how to accomplish tasks on-time despite any mounting pressure or stress. They have a proven track record of coming to work every day and persisting through tedious tasks. When faced with adversity, they search for guidance and resources rather than giving up. They are willing to work hard for great rewards. This results in learning complicated skills and concepts faster than the average new employee.

Respect for Procedure

Manufacturing, much like the military, is heavily grounded in procedure–and for a good reason. Both can potentially be dangerous if certain precautions are not taken. While we can teach technical skills to almost anyone, it is much harder to teach respect for procedure and protocols. Veterans are meticulous about health and safety standards making them an ideal employee in manufacturing.

Leadership and Teamwork

The military trains our soldiers in both how to take directions and give them. They are taught to lead by example and help one another. Moreover, they have the experience of working in diverse teams with people of different religions, ethnicity, and social classes. This ensures fewer team-related issues and a more productive workforce.

Right now, the people who have served our country with dedication and loyalty are searching for jobs at an even greater rate than we are searching for employees to fill the gaps. It seems there is not a better match. Often Veterans struggle to reintegrate sometimes having never written a resume or interviewed with an employer while serving in the military. This makes finding a good job difficult. Nevertheless, they have years of transferable experience and incredible skills. In the manufacturing industry, we should place a premium on their experience and take notice of the high value they bring to the table.

The Cleveland Deburring Machine Company can provide a deburring solution for gears, sprockets, aerospace and defense, power transmission, powdered metals, fluid power and custom deburring applications. Our no-charge application evaluation includes a detailed report and process description in as little as 3 to 5 business days. Contact CDMC today for a deburring machine that’s right for you.

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