How We Can Rebuild American Manufacturing to Create Jobs and Properity

Presented By:

Michele Nash-Hoff

Session Abstract:

For over sixty years, American manufacturing dominated globe. Manufacturing jobs raised the lower working class into the middle class from 1900 – 2000. High-paying manufacturing jobs spurred a robust and growing economy, and we had little dependence on foreign nations for manufactured goods. From 2000 to 2011, the U. S. lost 5.8 million manufacturing jobs and 57,000 manufacturing firms closed. As a result of outsourcing manufacturing offshore, we have a huge trade deficit, slow economic growth, continued high unemployment, a shrinking middle-class, and declining innovation.

Michele Nash-Hoff will describe the current state of American manufacturing and discuss how we can rebuild American manufacturing by developing a national manufacturing strategy. She will describe how we can eliminate the trade deficit with new trade policies and how we can return manufacturing to America through reshoring, new tax policies, and developing a trained workforce.

Learning Objectives:

In this session you will learn…

  • Why we need a national manufacturing strategy
  • What policies should be incorporated in a national manufacturing strategy
  • What policies need to be changed or newly implemented to rebuild American manufacturing
  • How we can eliminate the trade deficit to have fair and balanced trade
  • How we can  develop a trained workforce to solve the skills shortage

About the Facilitator:

Michele Nash-Hoff is founder and president of ElectroFab Sales, a sales agency specializing in fabrication services. She is currently a director on the board of the American Jobs Alliance and the board of the San Diego Inventors Forum, and she is Chair of the California chapter of the Coalition for a Prosperous America. Michele earned a B. A. from San Diego State University and a Certificate in Total Quality Management in 1993. She is a 1994 graduate of San Diego’s leadership program (LEAD San Diego) and earned a Yellow Belt Certificate in Lean Six Sigma in 2014. She is the author of three books, the latest being the 2012 edition of Can American Manufacturing Be Saved: Why we should and how we can. She is a columnist for Industry Week’s e newsline and an authorized speaker for the Reshoring Initiative.