Weekly Wrap Up For May 14th, 2021

Nancy LeMaster, Committee Chair of the ISM’s Hospital PMI Report on Business® presents the very positive news and behind-the-scenes challenges in the health care industry, with hospitals an the leading indicator in this vital industry sector.


textiles industryU.S. Textile Industry Seeks Post-Pandemic Help from Gov.

In response to the impacts caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the U.S. government has been offering assistance to a multitude of manufacturers and industries with each set of relief bills. However, while many sectors benefited from this support, one sector which did not receive much relief was the textile industry. Now, industry leaders are calling for the government to offer more post-pandemic support to help the field going forwards. (Read More)


Skills gapSkills Gap Could Leave Millions of Manufacturing Jobs Unfilled

While the Covid-19 pandemic was one of the most immediate problems facing the manufacturing industry, it also had an impact on an already pressing issue: a growing skills gap. Manufacturers had been struggling well before the pandemic with the potential ramifications of a widening skills gap in the field. A new study shows just how many jobs could be left empty because of this gap. (Read More)


When the COVID-19 pandemic overtook our “normal” way of life, it also greatly impacted the manufacturing industry. Today’s WAM podcast guest, Kathryn Kelley, is the Executive Director of Ohio Manufacturing Institute. Kathryn brings with her over 20 years of experience in program leadership and strategic communications at industry-oriented higher education, economic development, and statewide technology organization. In this episode, Kathryn dives into the biggest challenges the manufacturing workforce faced as a direct result of the pandemic — from the upfront health and safety concerns to the struggles of finding skilled workforce and sourcing products that faced supply chain shortages. To help small and medium-sized manufacturing firms solve some of these issues, she explains the importance of strategizing for the long-term and utilizing local Manufacturing Extension Partnerships (MEPs). In closing out the podcast, Kathryn shared her views on women in the manufacturing industry and how she is working, every day, to build a community in which they can thrive.