Focus on Business

Sue MuchaService sector businesses have plenty of functional parallels to SMT.

As CIRCUITS ASSEMBLY Editor-in-Chief Mike Buetow pointed out in his April editorial, hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs are going unfilled. However, the notion that the smallest demographic of employees is in the 30 to 50 age range surprised me. My hypothesis for this is slightly different from Mike’s.

Back in the late ’90s/early 2000s, we were publicly touting the evolution of our economy into a service economy. I think folks entering the job market during that period simply focused on the concept of 21st century jobs. In the STEM events I’ve attended, many of the students I’ve talked with have no concept of factories (outside of thinking about putting a 3D printer in their garage). To them, a high-tech career involves a glass office in Silicon Valley.

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Susan Mucha

How EMS companies with plants in the US or Mexico can benefit. 

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Susan Mucha

It will be a year of breaking paradigms. It’s about time.

Read more: The Trump Effect and Manufacturing

Joseph Fama

Manufacturers’ planning is stagnant and awaits US government guidance.

Read more: Trump’s Job Reclamation Program a Work in Progress

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