Manufacturers know that workplace safety is of paramount concern, simply because even a small accident can set operations back days or more.
While there has been plenty of talk about raising the federal minimum wage dating back to President Barack Obama's first term, things have really only started heating up in the last year or so.
Manufacturing is an industry desperately in need of people with a number of soft skills, and companies are typically willing to train those with little to no experience on specific production methods.
Manufacturing companies have plenty to worry about when it comes to the effectiveness of their machines and tools over time.
The number of states where the minimum wage is officially on the way to $15 per hour has more than doubled in the last year.
No business - large or small - likes big expenditures, which is why many shy away from the costs typically associated with "going green."
In the past few years, many states have taken steps to at least start increasing their minimum wages, bringing higher pay to millions of workers nationwide.
In today's highly competitive labor market, many manufacturing companies may subscribe to the old adage that beggars can't be choosers.
The state of Pennsylvania is unique among those in the Northeastern U.S. in that it only adheres to the federal minimum wage.
The manufacturing industry has taken huge strides in the last several years and even now, hiring seems to continue unabated from one month to the next.
Keeping workers safe on the job should be the key mission of every company, but the risks are obviously greater in a factory setting.
Nationwide, the question of what constitutes a living wage is one that many lawmakers and labor experts have struggled with.
The need for a minimum wage of $15 per hour - at least - is being discussed more broadly across the country these days, with several states having gotten out in front of the national trend already.
The key to any business is to maximize revenues while keeping costs low.
Employee safety should be a top objective for any company, but given the risks involved in many manufacturing processes, factories need to place particular emphasis on the effort.
Across the U.S., more state governments are trying to raise their minimum wage via legislative channels or public ballot questions, but progress on those fronts can sometimes be slow.
Smaller manufacturers seem to be riding the same wave of economic progress as many larger companies in their industry.
With so many states across the country now at least considering a minimum wage hike, if not putting one in place already, it's hardly a surprise whenever a new one joins the movement.
Advocates and workers in many states are now trying to do more to raise awareness about the importance of a higher minimum wage.
People in just about every industry have been hearing about the growing skills gap for some time.
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