Manufacturing Boom Won’t Bring Back Jobs in Midwest
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  • DirtyJobsGuy

    This story misses the point. Just like people confused employment at auto assembly plants with all of automotive, they assume that all manufacturers are equal. The authors of the study must have not noticed the Vallourec-Mannessman palnt in Youngstown that just opened to supply drilling pipe and other tubulars to the local petro industry. Similarly companies making valves, welding material, electric motors, pumps, digital controls etc. are all benefiting.

    Also there will be an increase in service jobs. Mechanics and Electricians will be needed to service the equipment at producing wells for their entire lifetime. These jobs will not run away to other climes. Our ace university researchers at Cleveland State need to take a research trip to Tulsa to see how the support services of oil and gas industries work.

  • Thirdsyphon

    I’d agree that the 20th Century model of mass assembly-line manufacturing won’t have an American resurgence any time soon; but there is a keen and deepening thirst in our culture, especially visible in the young, for the challenges and satisfactions that can only be found in physically making things.

    There’s always going to be a market for utilitarian objects that can be mass-produced (or run off on a 3D printer, when it comes to that) but more and more Americans are finding an interest in creating and filling their homes with objects that manifest a connection to the people who created them. I think there’s a future in that, and for a lot more people than you might think.

  • Jim__L

    “Even a manufacturing renaissance won’t require the same headcount per
    unit of output as we had 20 or 30 years ago. If it did require that, the
    renaissance would never happen.”

    That assumes that the increase in output will be on the scale seen 20 or 30 years ago. We could see a much bigger increase than that.

  • Pete

    “There’s no going back to the days when a unionized industrial workforce was the backbone of the middle class. Instead, we have to build a new middle class for a post-industrial economy, and manufacturing will not play a key role.”

    This rings true.

  • Mike55_Mahoney

    “Instead, we have to build a new middle class for a post-industrial economy, and manufacturing will not play a key role.” Not only is there no real plan for this, the last one, educating for hi-tech and service sector jobs was a flop.

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