Changing Workforce

'Cheers' star co-headlines Quad Cities manufacturing conference

By the Quad-City Times

Apr 17, 2017

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Best known as the know-it-all mail carrier Cliff Clavin on the television show "Cheers," actor John Ratzenberger is criss-crossing the country these days with a warning about the future of American manufacturing and the severe skills shortage ahead.

''We're approaching an industrial tsunami. What's going to happen is we're going to end up in a crisis where we can't find people that know how to use tools,'' Ratzenberger said in a telephone interview last week.

The actor, author and entrepreneur will return to the Quad-Cities next week to keynote the first-ever Midwest Manufacturing Business Conference, April 24-25.

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