Tag Archives: advanced manufacturing

For the Love of Manufacturing

18 Feb

The role of manufacturing in the global economy is changing. For years, technology has supplanted less-skilled work that used to be performed by humans. So-called “smart machines” are threatening to eradicate scads of high-skilled, middle class, and professional jobs that once seemed safe. At the national level, there has been much debate about how best to harness these advances in technology and productivity while still retaining the manufacturing sector as a critical component to build (and sustain) the U.S. middle class. As we’re grappling with how best to deal with the realities of the manufacturing sector, let’s look at some interventions that show potential to connect trained workers with advanced manufacturing jobs. The ideas that are gaining the most traction bring the public and private sectors to the table to help design worker training programs that meet the specific needs of today’s employers. Continue reading

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ELP Advisors’ Manufacturing Day Report Back

15 Oct

We never turn down an opportunity to learn more about manufacturing. On October 5, our esteemed colleagues Alex Paxton (Principal) and Cynthia Guzman (Associate) headed to Cypress, California to visit Sandvik Coromant. Continue reading

Let’s Talk About Job-Doers

21 Jun

This month marks the first anniversary of the Sustainable Development Report, Estolano LeSar Perez Advisors’ monthly newsletter that spreads the word about ideas, programs and projects that are helpful to professionals seeking to create thriving, healthy, vibrant communities.

Notwithstanding the sour news from Europe or the recent disappointing national job numbers, we are in the midst of a burgeoning spirit of innovation, boldness and determination that marks a turning point in our economic recovery. The creativity and energy of our communities can only be stifled for so long.

As this issue reveals, tech start-ups and their supporting infrastructure are popping up throughout the Southland. New partnerships and collaborations are being built to address gaps in workforce training and education. Long-absent construction cranes are beginning to return to their local habitat. And even the gleam of space exploration is back in the light of the Southern California spring as SpaceX’s successful launch and recovery of a commercial spacecraft reminds us of giant leaps of the past and great deeds to come.

As ELP Advisors moves into its second year of business, we’re energized by new staff, new projects and a driving commitment to building healthy communities with family-supporting jobs, diverse transportation and housing options, dynamic businesses, beautiful places and deep civic engagement.

Sincerely yours,

Cecilia V. Estolano | Jennifer LeSar | Katherine Aguilar Perez

Investing in the American Workforce

21 Jun

With some 12 million unemployed Americans, it’s hard to imagine that many sectors are threatened because they can’t find the right workers. But that is precisely the case in many industries that require a skilled labor force. From Iowa to California and everywhere in between, employers have been searching for workers with the necessary training to get the job done. While there is much talk about providing incentives for job creators, investment in workers (or “job-doers”) hasn’t really become part of the political discourse. As we continue to divest in the public school system and provide a modicum of funding for workforce development programs, what other models are out there providing workers with the skills they need to better their job prospects and advance our economy? Continue reading

Harnessing Advanced Manufacturing in Southern California

21 Jun

While most sectors have seen a decline in employment in recent years, more than 495,000 manufacturing jobs have been created nation-wide since January 2010. According to a new white paper by the Boston Company Asset Management, “small to midsize component suppliers are among the U.S. companies most likely to benefit first from a resurgence in American manufacturing.” With over half-a-million manufacturing jobs in the Los Angeles area, the region is saturated with small-sized manufacturing companies, over half of which are in the higher-wage durable manufacturing subsector.  Well-established firms like Superior Thread Rolling Company and B&B Manufacturing Co., supply high-precision, complex, specialty machined parts for aerospace, military and other leading sectors.  Firms like these form the backbone of Southern California’s solid, but often overlooked advanced manufacturing cluster. Continue reading