Manufacturing will continue to be a critically important component of the US economy and the national security. The value of a complex financial derivative of the kind that shocked world economies defies clear explanation. The value of manufacturing technology and expertise is simple, straightforward, and unchanged over time -- make it better, faster, for less cost, or you lose the opportunity to a competitor across town or across oceans. Despite the reliance on US manufacturing to support economic recovery, Americans still face a critical shortage of skilled workers. They are losing skilled people through attrition more rapidly than they are managing to train and replace them. Their future depends on more-efficient manufacturing processes, as well as improved productivity and more practical training to prepare a new generation of manufacturing technicians.
Manufacturing Is Essential Jim Ellison Manufacturing Engineering; Jun 2009; 142, 6; Docstoc pg. 88 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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