ICYMI: Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky President Susan Elkington and NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons Take 2018 State of Manufacturing Tour to Kentucky: Creators Wanted in Kentucky

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“Though some may not know it yet, Kentucky has rightfully earned a reputation as a hub of modern manufacturing. In fact, more than 240,000 Kentuckians work in manufacturing, and modern manufacturers are looking to hire across the commonwealth.

“In Georgetown, Kentucky, modern manufacturing takes the form of auto production at the Toyota factory facility, where more than 8,000 men and women build some of America’s most popular cars and where the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is stopping today as part of the NAM’s 2018 State of Manufacturing Tour…

“While there may have been concerns about manufacturing’s strength just a few years ago, today the industry is now stronger and more confident than ever…

“At the same time, manufacturing recently hit another milestone. The more than 12 million men and women who make things in America now contribute $2.25 trillion to the U.S. economy—an all-time high.

“That’s all good news. But to keep it going, we urgently need to bring even more Americans into the manufacturing workforce.

“Yes, for all the talk of automation and job displacement, the truth is manufacturers will need to hire as many as 3.5 million workers by 2025, according to a study from the NAM’s Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte. But if we don’t equip more people with in-demand technical skills, about 2 million of those jobs could go unfilled…

“The workplace is changing. The introduction of new technologies, including automation, robotics and even augmented reality, has transformed the way products are made. It has empowered workers to do things previously thought impossible. But it hasn’t changed the fact that manufacturing relies on talented men and women...

Whether your path takes you to auto manufacturing or making the food we eat, the medicines we need, the devices we use or the energy we consume, it is a path to a bright future.


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

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