Growing need in manufacturing - Larger skilled workforce urged by TMA director

The director of the Tennessee Manufacturing Association said Tuesday that Bradley County is in the top tier of counties when it comes to manufacturing, while emphasizing the need for workforce development.

Denise Rice was the keynote speaker for the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce's annual Industry Appreciation Luncheon Tuesday afternoon held at the Cleveland Country Club.

"I feel like I am home," Rice said.

Rice said 75 percent of U.S. manufacturers are experiencing a moderate to severe shortage of workers, and 93 percent are predicting future talent shortages.

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Manufacturing wants Corker's budget vote

“The truth of the matter is our current tax code lets other countries win. … It’s about jobs, it’s about paychecks, it’s about higher standards of living,” Timmons told reporters.

But Washington, D.C.-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities said repatriated cash from overseas wouldn’t likely boost private investment.

Jackson said manufacturing employs about 340,000 people in Tennessee.

“This is a great opportunity for Tennessee,” Jackson said of the budget resolution vote. “Manufacturing is a tremendous economic driver for us. … A healthy manufacturing economy benefits the state.”

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Williamson County school children attend Manufacturing Day event, tour local business plants

A group of 40 Fairview Middle School students congregated inside the Horn USA plant on Friday as part of an event to celebrate Manufacturing Day.

A total of 180 students from Page High School, Fairview middle and high schools and Summit High School participated in the event hosted by the Williamson County, Inc. Chamber of Commerce.

Manufacturing Day, according to the official website, occurs on Oct. 6 and is meant to celebrate modern manufacturing and to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

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Baby Boomers leaving Tennessee's factories with a huge skills gap

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  Tennessee’s skilled labor gap is bad now, and about to get a whole lot worse.

The Tennessee Manufacturers Association says there are currently about 5,000 manufacturers in the state employing more than 141,000 workers.

Association Director Denise Rice says she’s just finished visiting with many of those companies during a statewide tour, and everywhere she went the number one complaint was the lack of qualified employees.

To make matters worse, over the next few years factory owners will lose some 75,000 additional employees as the baby boom generation retires.

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Filling jobs toughest task for Tennessee manufacturers

With one of every four factory workers retiring in the next decade, Tennessee manufacturers say their biggest worry is getting enough qualified workers for the future for increasingly technology-based factories, even with an average manufacturing wage in the state of $66,000.

Despite the labor challenge, however, manufacturers are more optimistic since Donald Trump was elected president and the state revamped its tax system this year.

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Chattanooga manufacturing group picks new CEO

Denise Rice, who directs the Tennessee Manufacturers Association based in Nashville as part of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said Chattanooga has deep manufacturing roots and the Tennessee Manufacturers Association will work with King and CRMA in their regional approach.

Tennessee manufacturers 'anticipate a labor gap'

“It’s probably no surprise to anybody that workforce is the No. 1 concern that came out of our survey,” Tennessee Manufacturers Association (TMA) Director Denise Rice recently told a Kingsport Chamber of Commerce roundtable discussion. “We anticipate a labor gap. … every plant tour I go to, this is the No. 1 issue.”

Arconic Funding Global Manufacturing Education

The manufacturer of lightweight metals, through its foundation’s Advanced Manufacturing Education Grant Program, will provide funding over the next two years to academic and training institutions in the U.S., Germany, Hungary, and the United Kingdom aim to educate 375 students through these grant programs.

WestRock to Buy Five Manufacturing Plants for $192M

WestRock will acquire five corrugated converting facilities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana from U.S. Corrugated, through which it provides a comprehensive suite of products and services to customers in a variety of end markets, including food & beverage, pharmaceuticals and consumer electronics. WestRock will not acquire U.S. Corrugated’s facilities in California, Georgia, and in Ashland, Ohio, nor its affiliates in New Jersey and Tennessee.

Manufacturers Rolling Up Their Sleeves to Work with Trump Administration, Congress to Strengthen NAFTA

Manufacturers are rolling up their sleeves to identify ways to modernize the 23-year-old NAFTA so the United States can be competitive in today’s global economy. The jobs of 2 million American manufacturing workers depend on trade with Canada and Mexico today. It’s most important that we protect those jobs and use this opportunity to create more.