Manufacturing Industry 2018: Another Year of Growth

U.S. manufacturing production just had its best year since 2011, and this trend shows signs of steady continuance. Trade, one of the biggest engines of the sector in 2017, is likely to continue to gather momentum. Stronger global growth expectations and a weaker dollar should help as manufacturing goods represent about half of all exports. Moreover, […]

Manufacturing in the U.S. Just Accelerated to Its Best Year Since 2004

U.S. manufacturing expanded in December at the fastest pace in three months, as gains in orders and production capped the strongest year for factories since 2004, the Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday. The survey-based measure of factory activity brings the 2017 average to 57.6, the best in 13 years. The latest gain extends a string of […]

Where the Jobs Are: The Fastest Growing Sectors for Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector has shown some growth over the past few years.  Since 2011, the sector has created jobs every year, a 6-year expansion that exceeds the 5-year expansion experienced 1994-1998, according to a new report from consulting firm Headlight Data. Within the manufacturing sector, one of the brightest spots has been the automotive sector. “The […]

Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, Moon Express to Hire 800-plus for High-tech Jobs

Nearly three times a month, rockets are blasting off from Florida’s Space Coast and more companies are wising up to the idea of either building rockets here or refurbishing them for launch again — saving time and money. And while rockets are shaping up on the coast, other space-related companies are building space capsules and […]

More Launches Could Mean More Business for Contractors

SpaceX and United Launch Alliance have already situated significant operations at Cape Canaveral, potentially opening the door for contractors. In addition, the region’s space industry has been anticipating the arrival of Blue Origin, a rocket launch and development company owned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, and OneWeb, a satellite manufacturer. “We know they are hiring […]

Northrop Grumman, IAP World Services net $50.6M in local contracts

The Falls Church, Va.-based global defense firm’s military aircraft systems division in Melbourne won a $34.5 million contract on June 27, according to the U.S. Department of Defense. The company will provide 117 E-2D aircraft for the military. Nearly 50 percent of the work will take place in Melbourne and the rest will happen in […]

Closing the Skills Gap: Waukesha County Technical College at Work

For the last few years, Waukesha County Technical College has been working to address the manufacturing skills gap by providing short-term training programs, working closely with employers who sit on our advisory committees and providing learning opportunities for our K-12 school districts. But there was something missing along the road to addressing the manufacturing skills […]