Help wanted: manufacturers will have thousands of unfilled jobs.
Call this the never-ending problem weighing on American manufacturers. The lack of skilled applicants needed to run computer programmed machinery or to work on complex manufacturing will keep companies across America from hiring tens of thousands of workers. As a result, many manufacturing firms will tell stories of being unable to ramp up production to the levels they would like to achieve.
Lights out manufacturing will keep plants humming at night.
With manufacturers struggling to fill jobs, particularly on the second and third shifts, an increasing number of firms will turn to lights out manufacturing in 2013. Having machinery programmed to produce products when there are no workers in the plant will become more common next year. Lights out manufacturing does not work for many American companies, but for those where it's a possibility expect the transition to take place.
The southern expansion continues.
The trend started 20 years ago and picked up steam during the most recent recession. From