The desire to enter manufacturing as a career choice has been declining for a long time, with terrible consequences to Michigan. Employers are being forced to hire people fresh out of high school just to get products out the door in time. These employees often show no passion or drive, and allow little problems to slip by, because they do not understand how important manufacturing is to their country. Manufacturing performs two thirds of the nation’s R & D, and manufacturing accounts for 30% of our economic production in Michigan. As if that were not impressive enough, manufacturing also supports an estimated 17.4 million jobs, and for every $1 spent in manufacturing, another $1.32 is added to the economy. Think about it and you will see it for yourself. Say you just graduated and got a job as a press operator in a company that manufactures small dog toys. You trim the flash, check the quality, box the toys, and send them off, but your service does not end there. The toy you just made is sold to PetCo, then PetCo sells it to the consumer. The consumer gives it to their dog, who chews away on it and ends up with stronger teeth, impressing its vet. The vet then decides to recommend the toy to their other clients. This scenario may seem far fetched, but this type of thing happens every day.
Educate young people on the importance of manufacturing so we can keep it in our country. Michigan gained 120,000 new manufacturing jobs since 2009, and that is why it was named the best recovered state in America. Without manufacturing everyone loses.