Weekly Wrap Up for February 16th, 2018


Mr. Bill Ermatinger, Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Huntington Ingalls Industries, Mr. Edmond Hughes, Vice President of Human Resources and Administration at Ingalls Shipbuilding, and Mr. Rob Hogan, Vice President for Manufacturing and Material Distribution at Newport News Shipbuilding join co-hosts Lew Weiss and Tim Grady to discuss the annual investment in apprenticeship programs that are part of their workforce development and retention programs. Every company can pick up at least one great idea for their own efforts from these top level experts in this panel discussion video.

Here Are Some of This Week’s Top Stories in Manufacturing

The 2018 State of Manufacturing Tour Begins: NAM Helps Bridge the Skills Gap

With so many different career paths, the manufacturing industry must reach out to the public and explain how the industry has advanced. Once thought to be a dark, dirty and dangerous industry, manufacturing quickly embraced modern digital technologies to become a high-tech powerhouse. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) has begun the 2018 State of Manufacturing Tour today, Monday, February 12th to help the industry accomplish this goal. (Read More)


The Trump Administration Reveals Infrastructure Plan

Talent Networks have significantly contributed to New Jersey’s economic growth throughout the years. Working directly with employers to develop partnerships, talent networks leverage opportunities to cultivate a pipeline of talent aligned with the needs of their targeted industries. As a result, talent networks promote the state’s highly-skilled workforce with education and occupational training through the creation of apprenticeships and other career pathways into those specific sectors identified in the grant opportunity. (Read More)


NJMEP Announces Representation of Talent Networks for Advanced Manufacturing, and Transportation, Logistics & Distribution in 2018

Talent Networks have significantly contributed to New Jersey’s economic growth throughout the years. Working directly with employers to develop partnerships, talent networks leverage opportunities to cultivate a pipeline of talent aligned with the needs of their targeted industries. As a result, talent networks promote the state’s highly-skilled workforce with education and occupational training through the creation of apprenticeships and other career pathways into those specific sectors identified in the grant opportunity. (Read More)


New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP) Heads to Capitol Hill on Annual Hill Day

The New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program (NJMEP), the non-profit organization that provides resources and support to the state’s manufacturing companies, announced today that CEO John Kennedy and several of NJMEP’s manufacturing clients are headed to Capitol Hill on March 6th through 9th for Hill Day. They will meet with New Jersey congressional and Senate members to urge legislative support for NJ manufacturing and the overall MEP network in its annual appropriations process. (Read More)


How can we leverage digital technology and digital media to help women and the younger generation explore careers in manufacturing? Join host Barbara Trautlein, Chief Catalyst at Change Catalysts, as she interviews Charli Matthews, Founder and President of Empowering Brands, for an engaging conversation into this and other topics. Charli shares her inspiring insights into “connecting for purpose” across genders and generations, following your passion, and living a commitment to grow and help others grow as well. You’ll walk away with actionable advice from a woman who walks the shop floor supporting the women and men in the manufacturing organizations she serves.