Tooling U-SME Corporate Newsletter
  Q3 • 2018
Pulse Report
Tooling U-SME Industry Pulse: 2018 Manufacturing Workforce Report
Maintaining the status quo for employee training and development is no longer an option. In our newly released Industry Pulse: 2018 Manufacturing Workforce Report, we found that immediate workforce development is crucial to the industry’s future. Manufacturers can no longer afford to ignore the skills gap.

Retirements, a decreased talent pipeline, and the need for new, advanced technology skills are threatening businesses of all sizes, and, ultimately, the national economy. Remedies are available; however, most manufacturers are not focusing on them.
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IMTS 2018: Seize Opportunities with Preparation
Earlier this month, a record-breaking number of exhibitors and attendees gathered in Chicago’s McCormick place for the world’s largest manufacturing trade show: IMTS. Smart technology was the star of the event as organizations looked to incorporate everything from digital connectivity to robotics into their operations.

With the current strong economy, almost nothing is stopping U.S. manufacturers from moving ahead—nothing, that is, but the lack of skilled workers. In our latest blog, Tooling U-SME Vice President Jeannine Kunz looks back on IMTS 2018 and offers manufacturers a way forward to a strong, trained workforce that's ready to take on new technology and new challenges. 
Manufacturing Day
How Will YOU Inspire the Next Generation Workforce?
Manufacturing Day is a nationwide celebration intended to inspire the next generation workforce. As proud supporters of this event, we are excited to raise awareness of the amazing career opportunities available and the advanced technologies that are driving the industry.

Tooling U-SME will host an event at East Tech High School near our offices in Cleveland, along with several partners, including Lincoln Electric, Cuyahoga Community College, and Maker Gear. How is your organization celebrating? For more information, click the link below.  
Smart Manufacturing Report
Smart Manufacturing: Building Talent to Accelerate a Generation
SME has released its third smart manufacturing report to help manufacturers compete in an industry that is shifting to integrated and flexible advanced manufacturing technology and tools. According to the report, nearly half (47 percent) of manufacturers are planning to invest in digital technology solutions in the next 24 months. 

The report focuses on the importance of a learning culture and how manufacturers are developing a “smart” workforce to drive business results. Now is the time to determine needed competencies, ramp up recruiting, and bolster training of both new hires and incumbent workers. Download your copy now.  
Community of Manufacturing
Tooling U-SME is committed to helping educators and employers collaborate to build the next generation manufacturing workforce. This quarter, we’re celebrating our partnership with Polar3D in the 2018-19 GE Additive Education Program to support our SME Education Foundation PRIME Schools. Together, we’re providing an opportunity for students to learn and train with equipment that will empower the next generation of advanced manufacturing.

SME PRIME schools across the nation selected for the program received a Dremel 3D45 printer, Polar Cloud access to software, curriculum, and collaboration tools, plus content and certification opportunities from Tooling U-SME – at no cost to the school. Together, we can close the skills gap and strengthen the future of U.S. manufacturing.
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