Press Release


(Cleveland, November 18, 2015) — Tooling U-SME, the leading provider of manufacturing training resources, has teamed with technology business association Automation Alley to provide its nearly 1,000 member companies in Southeast Michigan access to industry leading training resources, designed to help combat the region’s advanced manufacturing skills gap.

In 10 years, nearly 3.5 million skilled manufacturing workers in the United States will be needed to fill the talent pipeline and two million of those jobs are expected to go unfilled due to a shortage of skilled workers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

"Partnering with Automation Alley is a great opportunity to combine efforts and tackle Southeast Michigan's most pressing workforce challenges. Our objective is to build high performers to drive corporate productivity, quality, innovation and employee satisfaction," said Jeannine Kunz, director, Tooling U-SME. "By working with Automation Alley’s members, we want to accelerate our work in building the capabilities of today's workforce to drive meaningful economic growth in the region."

Training administered by Tooling U-SME is available to Automation Alley members that need to increase the knowledge and expertise of their workforce. Training resources are available to build competencies in many areas including: Manufacturing Awareness; Stamping, Forming and Fabricating; Maintenance; Engineering; Machining; Composites Processing; Welding; Plastics Processing; Lean Manufacturing; and Assembly/Final Stage Processes.

"Our goal in partnering with Tooling U-SME is to connect area companies with training that delivers results," said Alex Violassi, director of Automation Alley's Technology Center. "We want to face this skills shortage head-on by offering industry training to individuals and companies that will ultimately help to strengthen the manufacturing workforce."

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About Tooling U-SME
Tooling U-SME delivers versatile, competency-based learning and development solutions to the manufacturing community, working with more than half of all Fortune 500® manufacturing companies, as well as educational institutions across the country. Tooling U-SME partners with customers to build high performers who help their companies drive quality, productivity, innovation and employee satisfaction. A division of SME, an organization that connects people to manufacturing solutions, Tooling U-SME can be found at, or follow@ToolingU on Twitter.

About Automation Alley
Automation Alley is a technology business association and business accelerator dedicated to growing the economy of Southeast Michigan and enhancing the region’s reputation around the world. Automation Alley offers talent and business development programs and services to tech-focused businesses of all sizes &mdash from startups to large corporations — to help them grow and prosper. For more information,



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