The Made in America Movement brought eight American made companies to the White House for “Made in America Week” to participate in President Trump’s Made in America Roundtable.
New orders for U.S.-made goods increased for a second straight month in January, suggesting the manufacturing sector recovery was gaining momentum as rising prices for commodities spur demand for machinery. Read more
The Made in America Movement reached out to 25,000+ HR professionals and 17,000+ executives for our 2017 HR and Recruiting Survey. Thank you to all recruiters, HR professionals and executives that participated in our 2017 survey. We could not provide such an incredible resource without your continued support.
MAM created this year’s survey to find out how much productivity and financial waste was occurring due to traditional interviewing processes. The 2017 report dives deeply into the questions and facts organizations need to ask to hire the best efficiently.
If you participated in the survey, you should receive an email with the report summary at no charge. If you are just finding out about the report, please click here to download the 2017 HR and Recruiting Report summary.
Thank you to our partner TopPick, the New Digital Interview Kit, for supporting the 2017 survey. This year’s effort was a huge undertaking for the MAM team. We reached out to more than 42,000 professionals at thousands of companies across America. These companies included high-growth 30 person teams to companies with 2,000+ employees from industries including B2B Services, B2B SAAS, hospitality, consulting and more. It’s great to see the next generation of technology not supporting MAM but also being built in Atlanta.
At the end of October, Donald Trump spoke in Gettysburg, Pa., and released a plan for his first 100 days in office. Read more
We were blessed to be included in the 2016 USA Today Manufacturing & Skills in America Campaign, reaching 750,000 print readers across USA Today, FABTECH 2016 and Manufacturing Day as well as 3M+ readers online. Below are links to some of the articles. Thanks for sharing.
Special thanks to Mediaplanet and USA Today for their continued support of The Made in America Movement and thousands of American Made companies.
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade deal is terrible even apart from its quantifiable economic effects, as it threatens our environment, our health, our democracy, our sovereignty, our security and many other things. But it is also a lousy deal on the pure economics, which is why it is currently being sold to the American people and Congress using bogus economic analysis. Read more
SCRANTON, Pa., Nov. 23, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — The Made in America Movement is proud to announce their first Celebrity Ambassador, Stephanie Urbina Jones, the Hispanic-American artist who is heating up contemporary country music with her unique Latin flair. Listen to how Ambassador Jones is helping to raise awareness for The Made in America Movement through her song, “Bring It Back to the Heartland,” from her new CD release, Fiery Angel. Co-written with songwriter Mark Marchetti, “Bring It Back to the Heartland” speaks to the restlessness and loss of hope that Jones has witnessed among the people in her audiences throughout the country.
“I have long been a fan of this lady’s work. Her voice is as throaty and emotive as ever on this topical single. The lyric yearns to bring the nation back to its better years when we had mom-and-pop stores, products made in the U.S.A., family farms, good jobs and the American Dream.”
Ambassador Jones hopes that the message of “Bring It Back to the Heartland” and her work with The Made in America Movement will empower, and inspire, people to make positive changes, small and large. “We are in this together” to help create American jobs by supporting businesses and entrepreneurs that invest in American ingenuity, hard work and perhaps above all, the American people. “Bring it Back to the Heartland” is climbing the music charts as it’s message is gaining momentum. “Never before has a song I have sung hit such a cultural nerve and brought people to their feet,” Ambassador Jones states. “This is not about politics, religion or corporations. It’s about people and bringing back the HEART of what made this country great!”
As a conduit for change, The Made in America Movement seeks to inspire, educate and promote awareness of the power that the American people hold in sustaining the domestic economy with the power that we, individually and collectively, have to rebuild and fortify this country’s economy by looking for the Made in USA label. Even when corporations take jobs overseas to cut costs, thereby hurting American jobs and manufacturing, consumers can counter corporate abandonment by demanding American-made goods and services. The Made in America Movement points out on its website:
Did you know that buying American-made products creates jobs? The average American will spend about $700 on gifts this year. If only half this amount was spent on gifts Made in USA, up to a million American jobs would be created!
Building on The Made in America Movement philosophy of voting for America with your wallets and by hiring American workers, the Movement has also compiled a Made in the USA Holiday Gift Guide for the holiday shopping season. Shoppers will find gifts at varying affordable price points, with the distinction of being Made in the USA. It’s a good way to show patriotism during this giving time of year, and a great opportunity to invest in American brands all year long.
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The Made in America Movement is excited that Stephanie Urbina Jones, an artist on the rise, has chosen to lend her remarkable voice as an Ambassador to help spread our mission to raise consumer consciousness. She is the first female independent artist to reach #1 on the Texas Music Chart. 2015 has proved to be her biggest year yet, as she has taken her gutsy Latin-infused, singularly-styled, American-born country music to international audiences at the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Magic Town Music Fest in Mexico, the Craponne Country Rendezvous inFrance, Country Gold in Kumamoto, Japan, Americana Cavalcade in Scotland and beyond. Jones also co-wrote “My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face.” Recorded byCraig Wayne Boyd, winner of the Emmy-winning TV show, The Voice, the song debuted at #1 on theBillboard Hot Country Songs Chart.
“By joining forces, we can unite American voices, and put America to work” says Margarita Mendoza, Founder of The Made in America Movement. Anyone interested in joining voices and following in Jones’ lead in helping to rebuild America, is encouraged to become a MAM Ambassador within their community.
Of “Bring It Back to the Heartland,” music critic Robert K. Oermann noted in Music Row magazine, “I have long been a fan of this lady’s work. Her voice is as throaty and emotive as ever on this topical single. The lyric yearns to bring the nation back to its better years when we had mom-and-pop stores, products made in the U.S.A., family farms, good jobs and the American Dream.”
Jones currently has two new collections available. Along with Fiery Angel, she has released Feliz Navidad Y’all! a romp through holiday classics that features several Jones originals.
About The Made in America Movement
The Made in America Movement was founded, and launched, in 2010. Their mission is to educate consumers on the importance of purchasing products with the “Made in USA” label. It is the nations leading organization committed to American manufacturing, Education, Veterans, and celebrating American made brands, and manufacturers who are keeping their manufacturing, and production, in the USA. They currently have over 250 members and sponsors located all over the United States. For more information, please visit: www.themadeinamericamovement.com or email them at email@example.com
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Today, on the 9/11 anniversary, bells will toll and tears will flow as the nation marks a dark day in sorrowful yet hopeful ceremonies.
U.S. factories can make goods at the same cost or even cheaper than those made in Eastern Europe, according to a Boston Consulting Group report on Friday. And it is now less than 5% cheaper to make goods in China compared with the U.S.
Global shifts in manufacturing costs can be seen beyond America’s borders, the report said. Manufacturing in Mexico is more cost effective than in China, for example, while Brazil has become one of the most expensive manufacturing centers in the world.
These kinds of changes have prompted American businesses to rethink their supply chains in the aftermath of the global recession. Faced with rising wages in China and high oil prices, many are reconsidering the appeal of manufacturing close to home.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Apple Inc. are just some of the companies that have committed to manufacturing some of their products in the U.S.
But Hal Sirkin, a coauthor of the BCG report, said many firms are still making production decisions “on the basis of a decades-old worldview that is sorely out of date.”
“They still see North America and western Europe as high cost and Latin America, Eastern Europe and most of Asia — especially China, as low cost,” he said in a Friday statement. “In reality, there are now high- and low-cost countries in nearly every region of the world.”
A wave of retirements is about to hit Hoover. Two-fifths of the dam’s current employees will be eligible for retirement in the next five years, leaving the government scrambling to fill 40 upcoming vacancies.
The Interior Department agency that oversees Hoover is moving to fast-track hiring for its department-wide openings. But the dam’s aging workforce, mostly baby boomers closing in on retirement age, are part of a specialized group of hydroelectric engineers and electricians with a skill set not widely taught or available across much of the country, spokeswoman Rose Davis told FoxNews.com.
“It’s an interesting choreography at the dam,” she said, noting the next batch of workers will have to ditch their high-tech training tools and approach fixes using classic engineering techniques.
“It’s hands-on training,” said Davis, with the department’s Bureau of Reclamation. “We teach mechanics and hydro electricians how the dam works. If the signals go off, this is what it means. Do you hear something funny? Do you smell something funny? We teach them to fix generators from the 1930s.”
Hiring at the massive dam-turned-tourist attraction has slowed significantly in recent years, with the biggest blows coming during last year’s partial government shutdown and the sequester — a series of automatic budget cuts that went into effect on March 1, 2013.
The Hoover Dam, located 30 miles southeast of Las Vegas, was constructed in the 1930s and is considered one of the country’s finest engineering and architectural achievements. Located on the border of two states, the structure harnesses the power of the Colorado while creating America’s largest reservoir. It provides billions of kilowatt-hours of hydroelectric power to residents of Nevada, Arizona and California — and the lake supplies water to those states.
Towering at 726 feet high and 1,244 feet long, the dam was one of the largest man-made structures in the world when it was constructed. Contractors were given seven years to construct the 6.6 million-ton barrier. They finished it in five, with a total workforce of 21,000.
But the folks tasked with keeping the site operational today are dwindling – a stark reminder not lost on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell when she visited the area in December.
During a tour of the control center for the Hoover, Parker and Davis dams, Jewell, 58, noticed it was being run by two men – the younger being her age.
“I’d like to say that was a good thing, but it really isn’t very good,” The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported her saying.
Instead, engineers who have retired are now being rehired as consultants to teach a new generation of workers how to handle turbine generators and other equipment crucial to the day-to-day operation.
“The older (worker) had retired and was brought back as what we call a returning annuitant,” Jewell said. “Lives in Alabama. Flies back once a week to take his turn running Hoover Dam.”
At Rowan University in New Jersey, which houses a popular engineering program, spokesman Joe Cardona explained that the Nevada site is “a very niche industry.”
“You are not going to find someone teaching 1930s technology so what’s happening at the Hoover Dam is that they are partnering with local universities in Arizona and Utah to find fits for these spots,” he said.
It’s not to say that the Hoover Dam hasn’t received any upgrades. It has.
Most recently, the government commissioned a new wide-head turbine for the dam’s N8 unit which almost immediately produced a 2 percent efficiency gain. Other improvements include replacing old cast-steel wicket gates with new stainless steel ones that open wider to allow more water in with more force.
Six of the dam’s 17 turbine generators have gotten upgrades since 2005.
But another problem plaguing the Reclamation department is retention.
As of December, 140 of the 800 employees working in the Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Region were eligible to retire in less than five years.
“The millennials are hardest to keep,” Davis said. “We lose a lot of people to the private sector. This includes everyone from human resources to engineers, who may think, ‘I might need to move to the private sector to get my next raise.’”
Some of the engineering jobs — including those in the mechanical, civil and electrical fields — listed under the Bureau of Reclamation on USAJOBS.gov offer salaries exceeding $90,000 for workers with more experience. The jobs, though, can pay as low as roughly $40,000 for those with less experience, depending on the position and location.
Still, Davis said finding workers for the Hoover location – a national landmark only a short drive from Las Vegas – is much easier than filling spots in more remote areas. Next door in California, state officials have been struggling to fill posts and retain workers for the vast State Water Project, a massive water and power system.
Chris McManes, a spokesman for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, told FoxNews.com that making sure specialized jobs like the ones at Hoover are backfilled is pivotal.
“When it comes to hydroelectric power generation and power engineering in general, IEEE-USA is concerned that we have an adequate supply of younger electrical engineers ready to fill the jobs of people who are retiring,” he said.