Changing Workforce / Supply Chain Management / Industrial Automation

Perspective: Why bringing high-tech manufacturing back to the U.S. is so difficult

By Jim Miller for Forbes

Feb 14, 2019

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With the winds of a trade war blowing and a nationalistic trade policy front and center, I fully appreciate the battle cry to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States. I fear that the reality of accomplishing this goal quickly is going to be far more difficult than most people fully comprehend.

And, one more thing: In the past 20 years, automation and advanced manufacturing have proliferated. The manufacturing factory of circa-2000 looks nothing like today’s factory - sure, the factory may come back, but the jobs that it brings will be much fewer in number and much more high-tech in nature.

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