In case you missed it, one focus of President Obama’s State of the Union speech was on attracting manufacturing jobs to the U.S. He referred to the reshoring efforts of Caterpillar, Ford, and also Apple-who will begin making a line of Mac computers stateside.
The President also spoke about manufacturing innovation institutes and hubs in the following excerpt from the speech:
“Last year, we created our first manufacturing innovation institute in Youngstown, Ohio. A once-shuttered warehouse is now a state-of-the art lab where new workers are mastering the 3D printing that has the potential to revolutionize the way we make almost everything. There’s no reason this can’t happen in other towns.
So tonight, I’m announcing the launch of three more of these manufacturing hubs, where businesses will partner with the Department of Defense and Energy to turn regions left behind by globalization into global centers of high-tech jobs…”
We should all be encouraged to see US manufacturing have a prominent place in national priorities, especially the idea of hubs where private and public institutes collaborate to create high-paying domestic jobs producing for global markets.