What is needed, then, to attract young people to jobs in manufacturing?
• For years now we have heard that manufacturing in this country is dying and everything is going to China and India. How many parents are sitting around the supper table with their kids and saying, “Maybe machining would be something that you should look at or get in to.” For a long time the press, as far as manufacturing goes, has told all of us that manufacturing is no longer a viable thing in this country and the parents don’t push their kids to look into it. If the kids aren’t looking into it, then these administrators and different people from colleges say there is no interest. • They eliminated the industrial arts programs in the high school. Kids have no exposure to it. You see what a doctor and a dentist does and the guy building a house and a painter, you don’t see a machinist. They don’t know what a machinist does; there is no opportunity for them to get exposed to so they are not aware. The other thing, you can advertise and try to get people into the industry but there are
*Sadly, we had to bring back ads too. Hopefully more targeted.