NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and the NAM team stop in Charleston, S.C., on the third day of the State of Manufacturing Tour. While highlighting manufacturing opportunity and growth in the state, Timmons, along with South Carolina Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt, South Carolina Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Ted Pitts and Siemens USA President and CEO Eric Spiegel, tour a state-of-the-art Boeing shopfloor and meet with students, faculty and business leaders at Trident Technical College.
At Trident Technical College, Timmons delivered the State of Manufacturing address highlighting key workforce issues, especially important to students looking to start careers in manufacturing, teachers and professors who are educating future manufacturers and business leaders who are creating these opportunities.
From Timmons’ address: “There’s a reason more South Carolinians have jobs today. There’s a reason more than 26,000 new manufacturing jobs have been announced, and the state continues to recruit more jobs. There’s a reason why Boeing and others are investing billions of dollars here to create state-of-the-art facilities. We can find solutions to drive growth, if only we find the will first. We also need to use that will to strengthen our workforce. Over the next decade, we will need to fill an estimated 3.4 million manufacturing jobs. But 2 million of those positions will likely remain empty because there’s a shortage of workers with the right skills—often high-tech skills.”
To read Timmons’ full remarks, check it out on the President’s blog.
Pitts joined Timmons for this stop and has been a vocal advocate for continued growth in manufacturing.
“We are proud to partner with the NAM and Trident Technical College in order to highlight the importance of manufacturing in South Carolina,” said Pitts. “Representing 30 percent of jobs in South Carolina, the success of our manufacturers is critical to our state. But their success hinges on being able to fill their jobs with highly skilled people. Over the next decade, more than 3 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed, and 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to the skills gap. A top priority at the State Chamber, as laid out in our 2016 Competitiveness Agenda, is addressing the skills gap in South Carolina. Ultimately, what it will take to be successful is for our state, schools and businesses to work together to address our workforce needs. And Trident Technical College, with its aeronautical training center, is a prime example of a collaboration to fill our state’s workforce needs as we continue to bring in high-tech manufacturers to South Carolina.”
Timmons also continued to showcase “Competing to Win: Manufacturers’ Agenda for Economic Growth and American Exceptionalism”—a roadmap to guide manufacturing voters and candidates. “At the NAM, we want to make it easy on our leaders,” said Timmons. “We’re spelling out exactly the right policies for manufacturers to compete and win, so that America can compete and win. Last week, we unveiled our 2016 agenda for economic growth and American Exceptionalism. ‘Competing to Win’ is an agenda that is guided by four core values that also happen to be foundational principles of this country that we love.”
Today, Timmons also premiered a brand-new get-out-the-vote video to engage and spark excitement ahead of the Iowa Caucuses and the primary season. The video narrated by NAM member and owner of Atlas Machine & Supply Company Rich Gimmel urges all manufacturing voters to participate in the upcoming primaries and general elections. For more information on how to engage, check out our Election Center.
In The News:
- Charleston Post and Courier – David Wren: Manufacturing Leaders Cite Bright Future If Workforce, Policy Challenges are Addressed
- Associated Press: Business leaders discuss state of manufacturing
- CBS Charleston: NAM’s Timmons Highlights the Future of Manufacturing – News 5 Interview
- CBS Charleston: Top Manufacturers Meet in Charleston to Discuss the State of Manufacturing –New 5 Mid-Day Interview
- ABC Charleston: NAM’s Timmons to Highlights Agenda for Economic Growth –News 4 Interview
- Fox Charleston: NAM President and CEO Delivers Update on Manufacturing –Fox 24 Interview
- NBC Charleston: NAM’s Timmons to Speak at Event in Charleston –WMBF NBC News Interview
Joint Op-Ed from Charleston Post and Courier: Building a workforce for the future
By Dr. Mary Thornley and Jay Timmons
As the 2016 election cycle heats up, South Carolina grabs national attention as the first primary in the South. The Palmetto State should take this opportunity to define the national agenda—putting a spotlight on what America needs to succeed.
One issue that deserves a place in every candidate’s policy proposals is workforce development. Our manufacturers—the companies that create the products that touch each of our lives—are renowned innovators in the global marketplace. Yet, manufacturers’ potential—and therefore, the nation’s potential—is threatened by a shortage of skilled employees.
Even as many college graduates struggle to find work, manufacturers cannot fill a significant proportion of their open positions.
To read the full op-ed, click here.
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