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Manufacturing Boom a Fake? No Way

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Elizabeth M
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Good example of what's happening in manufacturing
Elizabeth M   3/19/2015 6:18:54 AM
This is a great example of what's happening in manufacturing, and a great example of a company wililng to change with the times to train the employees they're looking for if they can't find them in the workforce. I have talked to manufacturers as well and have heard the same thing--that they can't find the skilled workers they need. So they have to get creative in recruitment and training, as Paslin has done. The manufacturing industry in general is in the midst of a big change in terms of processes and technology, and because of a lack of information among those entering the career market, young people just aren't training for the jobs available now, or aren't interested. This has to change and in order to do that, manufacturing companies have to start changing as well. Paslin shows how it's possible.

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Re: Good example of what's happening in manufacturing
Sigma6master   3/19/2015 6:27:21 AM
Broadly in the near term, another headwind for local manufacturing boom is the strong US dollar. However I think the boom in manfacturing is really a catch up for the jobs lost in the last 2 decades. Wages has been stagnant and it is not uncommon to half double digit wage growt in the low cost countries. 

Now the wages in traditional outsourced locations has reached a level where although US wages are still higher, the savings in distribution and transportantion as well as non monetary benefit such as closer and greater organization flexibility has been the largest driver to return of manufacturing jobs to State side.



vamshi krishna
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Re: Good example of what's happening in manufacturing
vamshi krishna   3/20/2015 5:35:18 AM
interesting article

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Nope! Still not a "boom"!
ungarata   3/20/2015 8:34:06 AM
Guys, even in the worst economy you can always find a business that is thriving.  Are we supposed to look at, and focus on, that one business, and then determine that everything is okay?  Alright, so these guys are doing well; look at the broad picture - can you really stand back and claim there is a manufacturing boom occuring?

If you're struggling financially, and I walk up to you and give you ten bucks, are you going to stand there and say "I'm rich!"  That's what this article is pushing; the illusion that the US manufacturing sector is in a boom phase because this company is busy.  The article hits on it in an understated way:  over half of their competition died off - of course they're going to get busier!  But overall they're enjoying a larger piece of a much, much, MUCH smaller pie.

The title of this article implies that the entire manfacturing sector is booming based on one company.  I guess we can go find a small community where 99.9% of the adult population is employed, and then broadly declare our US unemployment rate to be statistically zero.

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H-1B promoters exist
Jim_E   3/20/2015 8:50:27 AM
I worked for a privately owned company of about 500 employees, that was sold to a conglomerate based in DC (that also happens to own Fluke and Tektronix).

They immediately let go of 20% of engineering and started bringing in offshore resources, which they kept saying were really good (they weren't) and that it was about flexibility, not cost.  Well, they called these offshore people "LCR resources", where LCR stood for Low Cost Region. 

During one company meeting, somebody said "If it's not about cost, why are they from the Low Cost Region?".  Shortly after that, the term was changed to a different acronym which had no reference to cost.

I saw the company let go of people and then subtly post a VERY focused job posting tucked down in the corner of the boards where required by law, which set the position requirements very specifically to be met by only an H1B applicant.

I'm glad to hear that there are companies out there who don't do this, but there are also companies out there who do!

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Define "Boom"
Critic   3/20/2015 9:34:46 AM
While there has been some growth in industry over the past few years (330,000 new jobs since 2010, according to an article on Forbes' web site), industry is still far from replacing all of the jobs lost (3 million) in the Great Recession.

$100,000, while not a huge salary for a technical person, doesn't seem large at all when you consider that it includes at least 20 hours of OT every week (base salary of $57k), and as many as 44 hours of OT (seven 12-hour work days every week; base salary of $38k).  Apartment, meals, and transportation provided?  Yes, I would expect that for employees who are contracted out on a temporary basis in various locations around the world.

I would like the full story about how these technical employees are treated and how many hours they work.  Working 12 hours per day seven days per week defintely decreases their quality of life. 

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Always put family before a 12 hour a day job
bpaddock   3/20/2015 10:36:09 AM
12 hour days must stop, that is not a life:

From Karen's Journal, at kpaddock.com , now required reading at Duke School of Medicine:


Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 7:36pm EDT

I have a very difficult time sitting still, so it will be a challenge to not do those things. My husband helps what he can, but being gone 11 hours every weekday for work limits what he can do to help out at home.


Monday, February 25, 2013 at 6:04pm EST

...I spend all day here every week day alone. It gets lonely. ...


Sunday, March 31, 2013 at 11:40am EDT

... Other than my husband, I have no support from anyone. After a blood patch when I have to restrict bending, lifting and twisting, I cannot describe how hard life is without help! I feel guilty that my husband comes home and does things after working a 12 hour day.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013 at 9:39pm EDT

[This is the first message I posted on Karen's Facebook timeline, a message that stunned the world. :-(]

This is Karen Paddock's husband Bob.

As some of you may have known Karen was in chronic pain from a car accident that happened 23+ years ago, which caused a cerebrospinal leak. This caused excruciating headaches.

Today after getting the run around from three different doctors about getting help, she had enough.

Sometime between 12:30 and 4:30 she hung herself with Nick's leash (Nick was a very strong dog, hence strong leash)...


Now tell me that 12 hour days are a good thing at any level of pay...

Learn from my mistake. NEVER put your job before your family. You don't realize how important family is until you suddenly have none...
There will be other jobs, there may never be an other family...


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Sorry, But I Don't Believe It
ADC100   3/20/2015 1:50:30 PM
Sorry, but these claims by business about lack of skilled labor are as old as dirt. Hidden in the subtext is the truth...it's the systematic disposal of the seasoned (and expensive) work force in exchange for a team of trainable teenagers that are willing to work around the clock and live in motels.

And one company in suburban Detroit that sees an uptick in business does not make a "Manufacturing Boom".  Considering that Detroit came out of bankruptcy about 100 days ago, I'll need more than 3 high school grads taking a course in Joystick Manipulation to convince me there's any kind of "Boom" going on.


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It's complicated
johnr   3/20/2015 4:12:40 PM
The company I work for just finished a large wafer fab expansion, is adding still more on to that, and planning to build a new building for office, test, and warehouse.  And we just hired a bunch of local people as operators, test, and maintenance.  We also hire engineers and other technical professionals, mostly from the US.  All of this is happening in the United States, not overseas.

How are we doing this in the US?  Well, besides offering a great product that is in high demand, we're a foreign company so we don't pay US corporate taxes.  If we did, we might not be doing this expansion here (or maybe any operations at all).

If the US government is serious about manufacturing jobs here, they'll have to make it economically feasible, but I just don't see that coming out of Washington under this administration.

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Re: It's complicated
ttemple   3/20/2015 8:37:23 PM

I don't see it coming out of Washington, period.  I have no confidence that either party wants any serious changes, especially ones that lower any taxes.  The republicans have enough control right now to stop anything, or to do anything, and they wont.  They create bills that make it look like they are for/against things, but always attach something to assure that things don't go through.  Bottom line is they all (dems and repubs) want the same thing, but they have to appear to be on opposite sides of certain issues that play to "their base".  So the house passes all kinds of meaningless votes that will never make it to the senate, and the senate basically does nothing, as far as I can tell.

If you pay any attention, it is incredible how hard they work to make it appear like they are trying to "change" things, or to look like they are for or against certain things, all the while being very careful to make sure they don't actually change anything.

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