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Returning factory jobs for U.S.? Don't count on it

Roger Showley, SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

Friday, March 11, 2016

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Kelly Cunningham, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SYSTEM
A: YES

Logistics, inventory costs, ease of doing business, and risks of operating extended supply chains are driving decisions to bring or “reshoring” manufacturing back in the U.S. Manufacturing operations, however, will be vastly different from what it was in the past. Instead of factories staffed by workers performing physically intensive labor, manufacturing production is much more technologically oriented and machinery automated. Manufacturing therefore requires higher levels of technical training and expertise, more white-collar than blue-collar work.