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Mydesign
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Re: Re-Shoring Net Numbers
Mydesign   5/12/2014 5:58:48 AM
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"I believe you're right about the stigma, Rob. Any company that adopts a policy of offshoring should be prepared for a backlash, not only within the own ranks, but in terms of public image"

Charles,  current economic situation forces for that.

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Mydesign   5/12/2014 5:57:07 AM
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"But I would contend that many a college graduate is not capable of boiling water with out written instructions or a youtube video showing how it is done!"

GTOlover, that means they know the theoretical aspects and have NO practical exposure.

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Re: Re-Shoring Net Numbers
Charles Murray   5/8/2014 5:37:05 PM
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I believe you're right about the stigma, Rob. Any company that adopts a policy of offshoring should be prepared for a backlash, not only within the own ranks, but in terms of public image.

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GTOlover   5/8/2014 8:08:18 AM
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Mydesign, I agree with you, but I was not referring to training someone to work an assembly line or operate a die press. This is not what I would call skilled labor in the sense of requiring an apprenticeship program. I mean more along the lines of machinists, toolmakers, welders, and other blue collar crafts. Yes, these areas do require talent. But I would contend that many a college graduate is not capable of boiling water with out written instructions or a youtube video showing how it is done!

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Re: Re-Shoring Net Numbers
Mydesign   5/8/2014 3:03:32 AM
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"The Reshoring Initiative told me that manufacturing jobs continue to migrate offshore. Moser said we'e now at net zero. The number of jobs returning roughly equals the number of jobs going away. So, as Moser put, it, "We've stopped the bleeding.""

Rob, that means in a No job loss situation.

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Mydesign   5/8/2014 3:01:11 AM
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""skilled manpower" is the key. Low skilled amnesty will not fix this problem. Companies should be getting back to apprenticeship programs and post high school training does not always have to be a college education! Many seem to think the government should train everyone, but the government (aka the taxpayers) are broke, so businesses should start the investment NOW!"

GTOlover, skilled manpower from domestic market may be a big issue. How government and industrial body is going to address this. Apprentiship and post high school training will be useful only for production environments, where the same work is repeatable. We cannot substitute the requirement of talente, where creativity and intelligence are very much required.

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Rob Spiegel   5/7/2014 6:57:25 PM
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One more thought on offshoring, Chuck. I think people are beginning to realize that offshoring has hurt North America. And while that wasn't a concern 15 years ago, I think there's a growing stigma that goes with offshoring.

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Rob Spiegel   5/7/2014 6:55:24 PM
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Yes, you don't see the announcements of plant closures like you used to. It was once considered forward-thinking to shift overseas. I think it has lost its cool. Now it's becoming cool to open a plant in Texas or Ohio.

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Charles Murray   5/7/2014 6:43:31 PM
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It's great news that we've "stopped the bleeding," Rob. I'm a little surprised to hear it, but I suppose the signs were there for those who were really watching. A few years ago, it seemed offshoring was mentioned in every othere article that I read. Now I don't see it as often.

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John Malinowski   5/7/2014 5:36:30 PM
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Its easy to forget that many companies never left the US seeking lower cost labor. Many stayed here where the customer base was located and worked towards increased productivity.

The US needs to invest in engineers and technicians. Everyone doesn't need to attend college but we do have a need for skilled craftsmen in the trades.

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