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By Amy Susan, Communications & Marketing Manager

This newsletter is packed with information pertaining to workforce – the top challenge manufacturers face today and unfortunately will continue to face.


Greetings from Missouri Enterprise, the Show Me State’s manufacturing Experts. This newsletter is packed with information pertaining to workforce – the top challenge manufacturers face today and unfortunately will continue to face. As we head into the holidays, it’s a good time to find a way to acknowledge the rock stars you employ and the contributions they make to your team and company. Perhaps catering lunch in—or breakfast, purchasing a cappuccino maker for the break room or writing personal thank you notes for an extra nice touch. And as always, please let us know if you ever have needs with developing your team, onboarding new employees, specialized training, transferring knowledge as other head into retirement and so much more. We are here when the need arises. Thanks!  

ISM Forecasts Manufacturing to Expand in 2020


According to SME, Manufacturing should expand in the first half of 2020, including increased revenue for companies, the Institute for Supply Management said this week in a semi-annual forecast.

 “We think 2020 half one going into half two will be a better economic situation” than the second half of 2019, Timothy R. Fiore, chair of ISM’s Manufacturing Business Survey Committee, said on a Dec. 9 conference call.

The forecast is based on a survey of purchasing and supply executives across 18 manufacturing industries. It’s the same group that ISM surveys when compiling its monthly manufacturing index.

That index, known as the PMI, has indicated the manufacturing economy contracted for four straight months through November. However, the forecast for 2020 for more upbeat.

The executives expect overall 2020 revenues to rise an average of 4.8 percent, with increases spread across all 18 industries. Read full story…


NAM Joins Ivanka Trump in Push for Manufacturing Workforce Development


This month, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons joined Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump in Indianapolis for the fourth meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board. The Board—which is chaired by Ivanka Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and includes Timmons as a member—was established to provide advice and recommendations on ways to encourage the private sector and educational institutions to combat the skills gap crisis. Areas of focus include demand-driven education, training and retraining, including through apprenticeships and work-based learning opportunities.

“Ivanka Trump’s support on this critical issue is vital, and we are fortunate to have her as a champion for the nearly 13 million men and women who make things in America,” said Timmons. “Manufacturers expect to need to fill 4.6 million jobs over the next decade, so the stakes could not be higher for our industry. That’s why we are proud to help drive the work of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board alongside Ivanka Trump and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and it is why the NAM and The Manufacturing Institute are leading the Creators Wanted campaign to inspire a new generation to pursue promising modern manufacturing careers.” Read full story…


Building Bridges Between Employers and Tomorrow’s Workers: Internships

Established by our partners at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Missouri Intern Connect helps Missouri employers gain better access to the talent they need for tomorrow’s economy, while simultaneously providing valuable career experience to students. 

Missouri Intern Connect provides an easy way for small businesses that don’t have the time or resources to attend career fairs to recruit student interns and provide them with valuable internship experiences inside Missouri. These experiences give young people a connection to employers and lead to job opportunities, which provide a powerful incentive to stay in Missouri. 

This free service can match Missouri businesses with talented young workers. A business can search for interns by skills, county, major, etc. Interested in learning more or hosting an internship? Read more…


Missouri Sees Spike in Manufacturing Day Participation – National Celebration Draws More Students to the Industry

Missouri Enterprise and Missouri Chamber of Commerce released the recap figures of the state’s Manufacturing Day activities, where manufacturers across the state opened their doors to schools, teachers and parents to showcase manufacturing careers. The organizations noted an increase in students visiting facilities over the month as well as a jump in manufacturing companies throughout the state hosting events and plant tours. 

According to the national Manufacturing Day website and combined with our records, 331 manufacturers participated in or held 92 events throughout Missouri in October, a nearly 32 percent increase when compared to 2018. Additionally, 10,600 students (K-12) toured a manufacturing facility, a figure that grew by more than 51 percent.

Manufacturing Day is all about workforce development and encouraging students (think emerging workers!) to consider careers in the industry.  Didn’t get involved this year? We will hold several learning sessions next spring to provide additional information and help to jumpstart your event before next October. Keep a look out for dates and locations!


Working with Millennials - NEW Resources

Today, millennials make up the biggest share of America’s workforce, but many companies struggle to attract, retain and understand millennial employees. Missouri Enterprise is here to help. Click on the image above to watch a sneak peak of our national presentation on "Recruiting and Retaining Millennials". We are happy to announce that we are releasing the FULL ONE-HOUR presentation on our website to help Missouri manufacturers! Simply click here to watch the full presentation. 

Would your company like more hands on assistance to improve your recruitment and retention efforts with millennial workers? Learn more about our new onsite assessment with our workforce experts to look at your millennial recruitment and retention efforts.

Read more about our services from the Fulton Sun who attended one of our recent public information sessions.

And we offer several other workforce programs including TWI, Lean, Leadership, Basics of Manufacturing to onboard new employees, and much more. Want to hold a training for your team? Here is a list of some of our most popular sessions.


Leadership Matters in Manufacturing

Recently, we conducted a sample assessment at a DDI training with Missouri manufacturers and found that more than 85 percent believed leadership development to be important and a priority–but only a small number of attendees had participated in a leadership class for self-improvement. It is time to give your team the tools they need to succeed! We are offering three four-hour DDI sessions in January in Kansas City, Rolla and St. Louis on “Your Leadership Journey” where DDI instructor April Schmidt will help new or aspiring leaders sharpen their skills to become more effective at their jobs.

At “Your Leadership Journey” you’ll get 4 full hours to:

  1. Learn how to transition from individual contributor to leader. 
  2. Learn how to confront challenges that come with the leadership territory. 
  3. Develop skills on how to build trust with your team.
  4. Learn how to bring out the best in others to enhance engagement and capacity.

iWerx, Kansas City – Jan. 8, 8:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Brewer Science, Rolla – Jan. 21, 8:30 – 12:30 p.m.
Missouri Enterprise, St. Louis – Jan. 24, 8:30 – 12:30 p.m.

Join us at one of these sessions and learn from the best!


Basics of Manufacturing – Accelerated Training for Unemployed/Underemployed

Last week, we completed our last Basics of Manufacturing accelerated training session of the year where unemployed and underemployed kick-started their skills and knowledge in manufacturing. The course was led by our own Dale Graves, an engineer and manufacturing expert in several areas including Flow, Visual Factory, Lean Principles, Standard Work, Communication, Inventory/WIP, and Operational Efficiency.

Dale took this course on the road working with local job centers throughout the state. The goal was two-fold: make a difference in the lives of the underemployed by giving them the knowledge needed to start a career in manufacturing; fight the workforce shortage epidemic by connecting these newly skilled workers with area manufacturers desperate to fill their jobs.

In total, eight sessions were held throughout Missouri (Arnold, Sikeston, Kennett, Park Hills, Hannibal, St. Joseph, and in Joplin twice), where 60 participants completed the course. Of those who graduated, 70 percent are now employed by area manufacturers. This was truly a win, win, win, for participants, the companies and the communities. The program was offered at no cost to both the participants and the companies interviewing/hiring.

This program can also be customized for manufacturer’s interested in creating their own standardized onboarding program for all new employees. Learn more…


Our Focus on Manufacturing Workshop Schedule is in Full Swing

You’ve all heard the terms “next-generation”, “industry 4.0 and 5.0”, other futuristic terms when it comes to manufacturing. But what steps are you taking now to build a better company, a better team and a better you in 2020? Our FY20 workshops will help manufacturers focus in on ways to Grow and Improve as well as learn about forward-thinking Technology and Workforce Strategies. And new this year – we are packing the schedule with tons of webinars to allow you and your team, from the comforts of your operations, to learn and participate LIVE with our experts and other attending companies throughout the state. Manufacturing is now. And at Missouri Enterprise, we want to empower you with knowledge that will strengthen your manufacturing company into the future.

Focus on improving your culture and developing your most valuable assets – your people! A special thank you to our workshop partners: Brewer Science, AIM, Hannibal Regional EDC, St. Joseph Chamber of Commerce, STL Partnership, Callaway Chamber of Commerce, Lebanon REDI, Cape Chamber, Missouri Job Centers, IMEC, and Kansas Manufacturing Solutions. Check out the online schedule or download the flyer.