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Dirty Jobs No More – Manufacturing is a Career on the Cutting Edge

By | Manufacturing Day, Manufacturing Institute | No Comments

You may know him from “Dirty Jobs,” but today Mike Rowe was on Capitol Hill today testifying on anything but. Rowe hit the Hill today to speak before the House Resources Committee hearing, on “American Energy Jobs: Opportunities for Skilled Trades Workers.”

His resource center, mikeroweWORKS, launched in 2008, mirrors many of the initiatives undertaken by the NAM and the Manufacturing Institute. We’re all about challenging thing stereotypes that surround manufacturing and ensuring that our nation knows that a manufacturing job means a good paycheck, benefits, and a career on the cutting edge. The skills gap that has left hundreds of thousands of jobs unfilled is making America less competitive. The NAM and the Institute are working to get our nation’s youth the skills and certifications they need to achieve their goals. And while we do that, we’re changing people’s perception of manufacturing, a step at a time.

People like Mike Rowe, who lend their voice to this critical effort, deserve our applause and appreciation. Together, we can show the world that manufacturing in the U.S. is sleek, technology driven, and a pretty great place to make your career.

Good Topic, Witnesses for Senate Hearing on Manufacturing

By | Economy, Labor Unions | No Comments

From the Senate Commerce Committee, an announcement of a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, “Manufacturing Our Way to a Stronger Economy.”

May 11 2011 2:30 PM
Russell Senate Office Building – 253
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Senator John D. (Jay) Rockefeller IV, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today announced a second in a series of Commerce Committee hearings focusing on manufacturing in America and the ways in which the government and industry can strengthen the sector and promote job growth.

Witness Panel 1

  • Dr. Stephanie Burns
    Chairman, Dow-Corning Corporation
  • Mr. Leo W. Gerard
    International President
    The United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union (United Steelworkers)
  • Mr. Mike Rowe
    Creator, Executive Producer and Host
    Discovery Channel’s DIRTY JOBS

Gerard, the Steelworkers president, had a good letter published last week in The Washington Post, challenging an editorial that had criticized the pulp and paper industry’s use of a tax credit to promote biofuels, the “black liquor” issue. Gerard argued:

Biomass energy is green energy. When the fuel base is managed properly, unlike fossil fuel, biofuel is carbon-neutral. Pulp and paper mills not only use biomass as fuel, it is their main raw material to make products that keep carbon out of the atmosphere for months, years or, in some cases, generations…. Read More

Dirty Jobs? Maybe, but also Smarts, Skills and Hard Work

By | Education and Training, General, Infrastructure | One Comment

Loved this reader’s e-mail to Glenn Reynolds, who had posted at Instapundit on Mike Rowe and the value and attractiveness of “dirty jobs”:

I am a very smart woman from a book-smart but not blue-collar family and I am a plumber. I sought this job out about five years ago and I think that I love my job more than almost anyone I know. I need a combination of mechanical intelligence (Obvious), social intelligence (you have to communicate with customers), and independence ( I am an employee of a medium-sized company but am on my own in the field (though I can call if I run into trouble)). I know that there is not an infinite demand for everyone in the U.S. to repair their neighbors house problems but damn, the high efficiency natural gas boilers come with computer controls and a 100 page manual. No-one should be ashamed to be the one who can come and make someone’s life better.

Rowe, who hosts the Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” was on Capitol Hill on Wednesday with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers to promote the “I Make America” campaign. News release, “‘I Make America’ Campaign Kicked Off by AEM and Mike Rowe of ‘Dirty Jobs'”:

AEM launched its “I Make America” national grassroots campaign to a packed crowd on Capitol Hill Wednesday. The launch event featured Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs fame, and was attended by several congressional representatives, media and equipment manufacturers. During the launch, both Rowe and AEM President Dennis Slater urged lawmakers to pass legislation supporting infrastructure investment and international trade agreements…[snip]

“U.S. manufacturing has suffered greatly during this recession, but the truth is, we’ve been allowing it to decline in this country for too many years. We need to stand up for our industry and put a stop to it while we still can,” said Slater. “Congress can create hundreds of thousands of good, sustainable jobs and keep America competitive in the global economy by taking action on infrastructure investment and free and fair trade.”

The “I Make America” campaign launch was just the start – the aim of the campaign is to create a groundswell of support that lawmakers can’t ignore. You can support “I Make America” by going to www.IMakeAmerica.com and signing up as a supporter and “Liking” the Facebook Page.