This year we’re excited to announce that we’ll be celebrating National Manufacturing Day at the grand opening of our new office in Waltham, MA. On October 1, we will be joined by the Mayor of Waltham, the Honorable Jeannette A. McCarthy, as we gather to discuss and promote New England manufacturing, and have some fun while we’re at it! In addition to a ribbon cutting ceremony, there will be complimentary drinks, appetizers and live music!
We’re thrilled to announce that our product guru and industry thought leader, Dave Lechleitner, will be the star of the night. Dave is principal at Exact but also happens to be the chair of the Software Technology Council for the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association. He’s a guy with a lot of knowledge and he’ll share some of that knowledge with attendees of the event, discussing the outlook for New England manufacturing and pertinent issues such as the skills gap and labor shortage and the importance of technology. While indicators published at the national and regional level strongly signal that North American manufacturing is indeed on the rebound, the challenge for many small and mid-sized manufacturers is if they are poised to take advantage of this optimism. Dave’s presentation will focus on taking control of that optimism.
Skills gap and labor shortage:
One of the biggest challenges manufacturers continue to face is the skills gap.
According to Manpower Group’s latest “Talent Shortage Survey,” skilled trades positions are the most difficult to fill and have ranked #1 for the past four years. Among the more than 1,000 U.S. employers surveyed, respondents said they could not fill the available positions for three important reasons:
Candidates lacked needed technical and hard skills
- Candidates lack workplace competencies/soft skills
- Lack of candidates available to fill the positions
- Lack or no candidates were available to fill the positions
Along with the new trends that have come onto the manufacturing scene in recent years, the skills gap must be addressed in order to create a stable manufacturing industry.
Technology, and particularly ERP software, is a current trend that will have a monumental impact on manufacturing in the next five years. Now, thanks to the cloud, with almost no upfront investment in hardware and infrastructure and for a very low price, a small manufacturer can have the power of an end-to-end business system that manages their entire business from start to finish. This is something that small manufacturers could never have dreamed of before.
There is also the impact of new additive manufacturing trends that are just beginning to take hold in the market. 3D printing, automation and robotics, machine monitoring and lean manufacturing together with ERP software will shape a new manufacturing industry that has come a long way in recent years.
We encourage you to stop by our grand opening and celebrate Manufacturing Day with us this Wednesday, Oct. 1, 5-7pm at 260 Charles St., 3rd floor, Waltham, MA 02453. See you there!
Steve Leavitt, GM of U.S. Cloud Solutions for Exact