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Transforming the Future

Transforming the Future

This piece was originally published as the president's column in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Kevin J. Cosgriff, President & CEO, NEMA Google Vice President Vint Cerf once quipped, “I used to tell jokes about internet-enabled light bulbs. I can’t tell jokes about them anymore—there already is an internet-connected light bulb.” Mr. Cerf is not only one of the fathers of the internet and chief internet evangelist for Google but also a headline speaker at the NEMA Read more [...]
Let’s Not Forget Technicians in STEM

Let’s Not Forget Technicians in STEM

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Bob Clark, Assistant Professor, HVACR, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois The demand for skilled workforce jobs is growing at a fast pace as workers are being displaced by technology and retirements loom on the horizon. Technicians are in high demand in every industry, yet education does little to influence and educate youth about those exciting, high-demand careers. As our economy develops in terms Read more [...]
Workforce Bill Targets Society, Industry, Economy

Workforce Bill Targets Society, Industry, Economy

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) In February, H.R. 4583, an act to promote a twenty-first-century energy and manufacturing workforce, passed the House with overwhelming support. This jobs bill, which I sponsored, directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to prioritize training underrepresented groups such as minorities, women, veterans, and unemployed energy workers for energy and manufacturing-related jobs in Read more [...]
Apprenticeship Booms in Electroindustry

Apprenticeship Booms in Electroindustry

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Chrissy L. Skudera, Director, Curriculum Writing, Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Apprenticeship began thousands of years ago in ancient Mesopotamia. The Babylonian code of law, the Code of Hammurabi, required that an artisan treat his apprentice like a son. Apprenticeship also played an essential role in the construction and the arts of ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Although these examples do Read more [...]
Workforce Development Gets Green Light

Workforce Development Gets Green Light

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jonathan Stewart, Manager, Government Relations, NEMA The NEMA Board of Governors approved a strategic initiative to address a growing gap in available, qualified workers in the electrical manufacturing sector. While this review will not be a comprehensive, one-size-fits-all approach, it will identify efficient, targeted ways in which NEMA can increase the availability of qualified candidates for employment Read more [...]
MFG Day 2015: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Manufacturers Today

MFG Day 2015: Inspiring Tomorrow’s Manufacturers Today

When you think of a manufacturing environment, do unskilled workers in dark warehouses come to mind, or do you picture highly educated individuals working on exciting new technologies for devices and tools we use every day? The former image, inaccurate and outdated yet persistent, creates a bad rep for manufacturing careers, but a grassroots movement is working to change this perception and attract the next generation of manufacturing workers. On October 2, 2015, hundreds of organizations across Read more [...]
Might Seem Crazy…

Might Seem Crazy…

World Trade Week (May 19-24) should be a time to sit at the kitchen table and contemplate the importance of international trade for your company, your industry and you. It should also be a time to educate others about what you find out. For example, Where does that key component for your product come from (and what happens if it doesn't come)? How many of your colleagues' jobs are dependent on making sales outside the U.S.? If your potential customer could finance the purchase of your product, Read more [...]
Voices on Trade

Voices on Trade

President Obama's point man on trade, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman (@MikeFroman), met recently with the NEMA Board of Governors. Why? I venture a guess that it's because they care about trade and access to international markets. If I'm right, it turns out they are in good company.    Recent polling commissioned by the Business Roundtable (BRT) found that 82 percent of Americans support U.S. trade negotiations to open foreign markets and ensure Read more [...]
Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

U.S. electroindustry companies sell billions of dollars of equipment outside the U.S. each year. These companies employ many thousands of workers here in the U.S., workers whose employment depends on the ability of their company “teams” to innovate, make sales, and satisfy their customers. With most of the world’s people (95 percent) and supporting infrastructure outside the U.S., it makes sense that companies want to gain access to more markets, be competitive, and make more sales Read more [...]
Light Bulb Amendment puts U.S. Jobs at Risk

Light Bulb Amendment puts U.S. Jobs at Risk

Yesterday NEMA sent the below letter to every member in the U.S. House of Representatives.   Support US Jobs and Oppose Burgess Amendment on Light Bulbs Dr. Burgess (R-TX) has announced he will be offering an amendment that has the impact of threatening U.S. manufacturing jobs.  The National Electrical          Manufacturers Association (NEMA) strongly opposes the Burgess amendment and urges you to vote against it.  The amendment Read more [...]