In addition to cost efficiency, high-tech training for certain manufacturing jobs would be very scarce to come by. The automated, hyper-efficient shop floors of modern manufacturing won’t give Trump much room to deliver on his promises to bring back millions of jobs for his blue-collar supporters. Instead of companies investing in robots to give them better returns in the future, they would have to invest in training programs to help accommodate workers that need the training for more complex jobs. Specifically, for more digitalized companies, the margin for investing in training compared to that of robotic costs would be very high, to the point where it wouldn’t even make much sense to invest in job-specific training.
As the United States continues to try to pull itself out of a recession, many people are wondering where manufacturing jobs stand in the faltering economy. But is manufacturing a growing industry in the United States? Well, it depends on whom you ask.
Analysts say that the use of robots has moved away from the large, expensive machines used for the most recent years in industries such as the automotive sector, to much more complicated robots that are more capable of completing more complex tasks. This enhances the competition inside the economy, basically providing a staple to go off of. Without scaling up to competition, companies can have severe, negative impacts as a result of not competing with industry innovation. According to Boston Consulting Group, investment into robots will rise 2-to-3 percent annually. Taking away one of the major staples to the manufacturing industry, and having blue-collar working people, would stop this annual growth and have an impact on the economy and competition.
In most cases companies are attracted to offshore manufacturing because of the tax breaks offered by the host. Also, some home countries do not levy taxes on profits made from overseas manufacturing as long as the profit does not come into the country. This is the other intoxicating factor that makes many companies to invest overseas so as to avoid this taxation.
But a new crop of manufacturing jobs popped up in Greenvile. One such company is Standard Motor Products, a company that makes car parts. But the textile manufacturing jobs do not really look like the modern high tech manufacturing jobs. You won’t see any worker working up a sweat. In fact, manufacturing has changed greatly since the Industrial Revolution; the process is very automated with very little manual labor, and employees must be highly trained because they work with complicated microscopes and gages. Davidson described it more as a science lab than a typical auto plant.