Across the U.S., industry and worker alike have found a big benefit in boosting manufacturing training opportunities for young people.
The Lone Star State's economy has come a long way in recent years, thanks in no small part to the strength of its manufacturing sector in particular.
Across the U.S., factories have once again become hubs of high-level production and hiring, with demand rising and the economy booming.
One of the biggest political shifts in recent years has been widespread acceptance of the fact that the current minimum wage in many states just isn't enough for workers.
When thinking of the nation's manufacturing hubs, New England may not be among the regions that spring to mind for most people.
Recently, the state of New Jersey became the fifth part of the country to institute a minimum wage of $15 per hour, joining California, Massachusetts, New York and the District of Columbia.
One of the more surprising developments since the recession is the extent to which Alabama has, in many ways, become the manufacturing sector's Detroit of the South.
With many cities and states moving to increase their own minimum wages while the federal level remains stubbornly stuck at $7.25 per hour, momentum seems to be building for even more states to take action on their own.
While manufacturing has made a strong comeback in many parts of the country, some of the biggest gainers among all regions in recent years include the Rust Belt, Upper Midwest and South.
One of the big concerns many may have about the manufacturing industry going forward is that it is going to continue creating jobs, but may not be able to attract enough workers to fill them.
With the manufacturing sector booming across the U.S., more companies - both here and abroad - are pushing large amounts of investment into the industry.
Manufacturing safety is - or at least should be - every factory's top priority.
As factories take on more work in this booming economy, one area of investment many will make is into forklifts and other machines that make it easier to transport heavy items or materials.
One of the most common refrains that bubble up whenever there's discussion about a higher minimum wage is that such an increase will actually be a net negative for low-paid workers.
Across the U.S., electoral results have shown a consumer preference for a higher minimum wage.
While manufacturing is hardly confined to the Rust Belt and Upper Midwest, many may be surprised to find it thriving in states not typically associated with the industry.
It's no secret that the manufacturing sector has been on the rise for the past several years, nor that it's generally seen by experts as an industry that still has plenty of room to grow.
Progressive governors in a number of state are signaling that minimum wages changes could go into effect sooner than later.
The manufacturing re-growth of the post-recession era has been a boon to many local economies, but many Americans still often think of the sector really only having a foothold in the Rust Belt and Upper Midwest.
The results of the recent election seems to have emboldened lawmakers in a number of states to finally get to work raising their minimum wages, often after years of inaction despite understanding there was an issue with low pay.
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