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The Manufacturing Skills Gap Continues to Grow

According to a recent report by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME), United States college and universities are not educating nearly enough students to fill the skills – and employment – gap to sustain the future of the manufacturing industry. In fact, they estimate that from 2009 – 2012, the height of the economic crisis […]

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VIBCO and SAMI Team Up

Check out this excerpt from a post on the VIBCO website about their partnership with the SAMI program. Recently,  VIBCO’s CMO Linda Kleineberg, and Machine Operator Antone Cherry, spoke to the Governor’s Workforce Board of Rhode Island to share their experiences with the SAMI (Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advance Manufacturing Institute) program. Their primary message was that SAMI provides exceptional value for […]

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Manufacturing Skills Gap Is Hitting US Companies Hard

For companies across the country, the skills gap is hitting employers – especially manufacturers – hard. This week, Plastics News took an in-depth look at the issues caused by the skills gap in the town of Sarepta, Louisiana. While the geographical location might not be anywhere near Rhode Island, the town’s description is quite similar […]

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President Obama Announces Plans To Help Strengthen Manufacturing Industry

In a move backed by President Obama, the Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership – which serves over 30,000 US manufacturers each year – has announced a plan to fix “the innovation gap faced by small manufacturers.” The plan includes enhancing the Manufacturing Extension Partnership’s state-side centers, and “a pilot competition for $130 million (£81.3 […]

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Manufacturers Are Having Difficulties Filling Positions In Skilled Trades

This article originally appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and was reprinted in SouthCoast Today. — MILWAUKEE — When Aleasha Hladilek realized her bachelor’s degree in anthropology wouldn’t get her a job, she returned to school to become an auto mechanic and a welder. She graduated from the welding program at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, in […]

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The Return of Middle America

According to analysis by USA Today, about 2.5million “blue collar” jobs are expected to be added to the United States economy by 2017, accounting for 40% of all job growth. And while that’s certainly good news for the economy as a whole, it does present an interesting set of problems for employers and employees alike.  […]

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Combating The Manufacturing Skills Gap

ToolingU, a division of SME, recently released the results of a survey titled Using Competency Models to Drive Competitiveness and Combat the Manufacturing Skills Gap. Once compiled, the survey results gave way to a plethora of useful information on how to possibly breath new life into the manufacturing industry. These results included statistics on what […]

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Making It Happen In Rhode Island

The Rhode Island Foundation recently spoke with recent SAMI graduates to discuss their experience in the program, as well as their job prospects and outlook after they graduated. If you’re interested in a career in a skilled trade, specifically in the manufacturing or shipbuilding sectors, then SAMI (Shipbuilding/Marine Trades and Advanced Manufacturing Institute) at New England Tech, may […]

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U.S. Manufacturing Expecting 18 Month Growth Over Other Industries

The United States Manufacturing industry is expected to outpace the overall growth of the U.S. economy during the next year a half, according to the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation (MAPI). It is being predicted that the major precursor to this growth will be investments into some sectors, rather than consumer-driven growth. According to their […]

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The Evolution Of 3D Printing Is Tasty!

There’s been an evolution in 3D printing recently, and it’s quite an interesting (and tasty!) one. 3D printing found its roots in plastics and metals, and has become an innovative way for manufacturers to create parts in a cost effective, timely manner. It also allows large components to be created entirely as one piece, rather […]

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