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.
“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.”
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 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 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.
More people understand modern manufacturing is high-tech. They expect jobs to involve innovation and advanced technology in the future, which is progress for the industry in realigning the image of what modern manufacturing looks like to the general public.
A recent poll conducted on Election Day found that 80 percent of Americans support increased production of oil and natural gas resources located here in the United States. Analysis has found that opening areas in the Atlantic, Pacific and Eastern Gulf of Mexico could unlock as much as 3.5 billion barrels of oil, which translates into 840,000 jobs and roughly $70 billion in economic growth per year.
“I don't know anybody else doing anything exactly like this.”
Denise Rice, Tennessee Manufacturers Association
CLEVELAND, Tenn — Bradley County officials are moving ahead with plans to reuse an old factory for an education, job training and retail site which some say is unlike anything in Tennessee.
Plans are to turn the 290,000-square-foot former American Uniform Co. plant off North Parker Street into a regional site where local companies can set up production to train workers, said Denise Rice, who directs the Tennessee Manufacturers Association.
"This idea is to bring industry to the school," said Rice, whose group is working with Bradley education and business leaders, some of which toured the sprawling 13-acre tract last week. "I don't know anybody else doing anything exactly like this."
As manufacturing leaders discussed with President Donald Trump at the White House last week, manufacturers’ economic optimism is at a record 20-year high. Today’s numbers continue the four-month trend of increasing job growth, which manufacturers have not seen in some time
Congress and the president have lifted a regulatory burden from manufacturers, empowering us to do what matters: create jobs and invest in our communities. Manufacturers were bogged down with a record number of regulations during the previous administration, and the blacklisting rule was one of the biggest threats to manufacturers’ ability to compete and create jobs.