Manufacturing is heating up and cranking out new products at a rapid pace. According to the Institute of Supply Chain Management, the August PMI rose to 59% (1.9% increase) when compared to the previous month’s numbers of 57.1%. The improvement is the highest experienced in 3 ½ years helping support the smooth running of America’s economic engine. Basic materials have a fundamental impact on the growth of manufacturing within their associated sectors as the products make their way throughout the national supply chain. As the country seeks to capitalize on its new found growth it is important to ensure that a positive business environment employs and develops matching competencies in the manufacturing labor pool. Economic expansion will have a difficult time continuing unless highly skilled and motivated employees are available to fill future employment opportunities. Companies should bolster education and training to secure a ready labor supply and raise income based on pe
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