As we prepare for another exciting year at Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp., we’re also taking the time to look back on the past year’s successes. In our blogs, we shared major news and helpful advice for those involved in metal stamping projects; below, we’ll delve into some special highlights from the past year.
Guiding the Next Generation of Manufacturers
At Perfection Spring & Stamping, we believe that we have as much of a responsibility to our clients as we do to the next generation of manufacturers. In our September blog highlighting National Manufacturing Day, we discussed the future of manufacturing and provided a glimpse into the tours we gave for local high school students. Over 60 students got the chance to see our equipment in action and talk with our skilled apprentices, engineers, and setup personelle about careers in manufacturing.
As part of our commitment to mentorship, we’re also proud to offer several internal apprentice training programs for young people interested in manufacturing. In July, we celebrated one of our apprentices graduating from his related theory classes on our blog and detailed the many opportunities he was granted at Perfection Spring & Stamping Corp.
How Policy Affects the Manufacturing Industry
Understanding the importance of keeping abreast of national and international policy, we published a couple of blogs over the past year highlighting industry concerns and news.
Last month, we broke down the effects of the election on the world of manufacturing. Between 1998 and 2013, the United States lost more than 5.7 million manufacturing jobs due to growing trade deficits, and during the final two quarters of 2015, only slow growth was reported. However, the Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation forecasts a sizable increase from 2016 to 2017. With manufacturing making up 88% of U.S. jobs, Perfection Spring is proud to provide opportunities for our community and aid in the growth of the industry.
Earlier in the year, we discussed the skilled labor shortage, which occurred as a result of offshoring initiatives that began in the 1980s. While efforts are underway to bring jobs back to the United States, many schools are implementing stronger STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs to prepare students for exciting careers in manufacturing. As discussed before, our apprentice program also serves to bolster reshoring efforts by ensuring that we have a strong national workforce.
Wrapping up 2016
Since 1955, Perfection has been providing high-quality precision metal formed components, and we look forward to serving you again in 2017 — and for many years to come. From our team, we wish you a happy, healthy holiday season!