The bad rap on manufacturing

Sunday, April 22, 2007

There are a lot of misconceptions about manufacturing...the notion, for example, that manufacturing is a business activity with no future in the U.S.

These common misconceptions have real consequences. When high school counsellors and parents repeat these fallacies to young people, it becomes all the more difficult to recruit young people into promising careers.

Here's a good commentary that takes on some of these myths. For example, during the "dot com" boom of the 1990's, the business press largely ignored a major business story of the decade: the exploding productivity in manufacturing. As the commentary notes:

“If we look at the overall productivity gains made through technology and management-related process improvement over the past two decades, manufacturing performance is nothing short of astonishing."

Read more.

Here's another commentary from civic leaders in Indiana. Read more.

posted by Ed Morrison |

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