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Helping Heroes Find a New Passion

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When our heroes come home, shouldn’t we do everything we can to ensure they have opportunities to support their families and continue to serve with honor?  That’s where The Manufacturing Institute’s Heroes MAKE America program comes in.

Staff Sergeant Charles Granger tells us that through Heroes MAKE America, he has found not only a new career, but also a new passion in life.

How did you hear about the Heroes MAKE America program, and why did you sign up for the course? 

Through the U.S. Army Soldier for Life–Transition Assistance Program. I signed up for my passion and a need for manufacturing jobs.

What was your biggest takeaway from the program?

Seeing manufacturing in action reaffirmed my convictions and passion.

Why do you think veterans are so successful in manufacturing?

Aside from a structured environment and their loyalty and dedication to their work, veterans love the gratification of a finished product or outcome.

How has your vision of manufacturing changed since being a Heroes MAKE America soldier student?

I always thought plants and factories were dark and dirty places. After seeing them in person, they are clean and safe. It’s incredible to witness a product made from start to finish.

What makes you most excited for a future in manufacturing?

The need for manufacturers—a.k.a. job security.

Is there anything else you think people should know about the manufacturing industry? 

I think people would be surprised that if they tried manufacturing, they would like it, too.

Heroes MAKE America: Your Pipeline to America’s Proven Leaders

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Last week, The Manufacturing Institute’s latest Heroes MAKE America class at Fort Riley, Kansas, completed their 10-week career skills program. The program is aimed at connecting manufacturers with highly qualified veteran candidates and arming those transitioning service members with the exact in-demand qualifications and industry-specific certifications they need to not only find a perfect manufacturing career but excel in it.

Sergeant First Class Christopher Fernandez shares why he chose the Heroes MAKE America program and why he looks forward to joining the manufacturing industry.

How did you hear about the Heroes MAKE America program, and why did you sign up for the course? 

I heard about the Heroes MAKE America program through the U.S. Army Soldier for Life–Transition Assistance Program. They were conducting post-wide briefings on career service programs for personnel leaving the military.

What was your biggest takeaway from the program?

My biggest takeaway is the opportunity to network with the companies we toured. It was a great advantage to see the personnel in charge of HR as well as managers throughout the various manufacturing companies.

Why do you think veterans are so successful in manufacturing?

It’s our reliability, discipline and our drive for success.

How has your vision of manufacturing changed since being a Heroes MAKE America soldier student?

At first, I had zero knowledge on what manufacturing was all about. The Heroes MAKE America program gave me insight on how relevant these businesses are and how these companies want to hire veterans to work for them.

What makes you most excited for a future in manufacturing?

It’s the possibility of making a difference. I don’t want to limit my ability to make a change with just the Army. The military has taught me a lot of transferable skills that I can implement within any manufacturing company.

Is there anything else you think people should know about the manufacturing industry? 

There are a lot of opportunities for anyone to be successful in manufacturing.

ShopTalk Podcast: A Future for Veterans in Manufacturing

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Across the country, Americans are celebrating our veterans and the sacrifice of our military. Thousands of service men and women return home each month, looking to enter the workforce, and with manufacturers seeking to fill a large skills gap, there is a future in manufacturing for veterans.

In the latest ShopTalk podcast episode, NAM Senior Vice President of Communications Erin Streeter talks with retired Colonel John Buckley, military relations manager at Koch Industries, and Amy Thomas, senior director of programs and development at The Manufacturing Institute, about why veterans should consider a manufacturing career.

ShopTalk Podcast: President Trump’s 100 Days of Reg Reform

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As manufacturers look to our nation’s leaders to rethink red tape and reduce the cost of doing business in America, regulations continue to be cited as a top issue. It has been more than four decades since a president has addressed the regulatory burden in our country head-on, and now as we reflect on the first 100 days of this new administration, President Donald Trump has presented a new and innovative approach to reducing regulations that has already begun to have a positive effect for manufacturers nationwide.

In the latest installment of our ShopTalk podcast, NAM Senior Vice President of Communications Erin Streeter sits down with NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse and NAM Vice President of Labor, Legal and Regulatory Policy Rosario Palmieri to discuss the current regulatory playing field and what manufacturers can expect in the future.

ShopTalk Podcast: A Holiday Economic Outlook

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During this upcoming holiday season, should we be jolly about the economy? Are consumers opening their pocketbooks? How has the election impacted the U.S. economy? What can consumers expect in 2017? National Association of Manufacturers Chief Economist Chad Moutray, the National Retail Federation’s Jack Kleinhenz and the Consumer Technology Association’s Shawn DuBravac try to answer these questions and more in the latest Shopfloor podcast.

NAM Podcast: Manufacturing a Sustainable Future

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Happy Sustainability Month! In the next installment of the Shopfloor podcast series, the National Association of Manufacturers Greg Bertelsen and Christian Science Monitors Deputy Energy and Environment Editor Zack Colman discuss how sustainability is shaping the world, politically and through business. Sustainability drives manufacturers and, through innovation, creates endless opportunity.

 

New ShopTalk Podcast: Don’t Sit Out Recess

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For members of Congress, August is more than a recess; it is a whole month filled pounding the pavement at home in their districts. This is an opportunity for lawmakers to take a listening tour of their district, meeting with families and voters, and for manufacturers, the men and women who make things in America, it is the opportunity to talk to lawmakers directly.

That’s why National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of Government Relations Joe Trauger and NAM Senior Vice President of Communications Erin Streeter sat down with George Allen, former Virginia governor and senator, for a brand-new ShopTalk podcast on the ins and outs of August recess. Gov. Allen and Trauger offer valuable insights, tips of the trade and advice for manufacturers across the country.

This August is about getting Congress to hear from the manufacturing army. Listen, learn and schedule a meeting with your lawmaker today!

2016 STEP Ahead Honorees Are Here

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They’re coming! The 2016 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Honorees and Emerging Leaders will officially be welcomed to Washington, D.C., tonight to kick-off this year’s award program.

Did you know that while women represent nearly half (47 percent) of today’s workforce, they comprise less than one-third (27 percent) of the manufacturing workforce? However, while manufacturing faces a serious skills gap, this year’s 2016 STEP Ahead Honorees and Emerging Leaders are working to advocate, mentor, engage, promote and lead the next generation of manufacturing women. This year’s Honorees are making a difference in their communities and for the future of manufacturing. Read More

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