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From the National Association of Manufacturers. Myth 1 : Nothing is made in the U.S. anymore. Truth : U.S. manufacturing output has doubled over the past 13 years. Myth 2 : The U.S. manufacturing sector is shrinking. Truth : Manufacturing's share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in real

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From the National Association of Manufacturers

  • Myth 1:Nothing is made in the U.S. anymore.
    • Truth: U.S. manufacturing output has doubled over the past 13 years.
  • Myth 2:The U.S. manufacturing sector is shrinking.
    • Truth: Manufacturing's share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in real
  • terms has been steady for the past 15 years (12% in 2005).
  • Myth 3: The U.S. manufacturing sector is shrinking vis a vis global competitors.
    • Truth: We are still the No. 1 global manufacturer — and have been for the past 12 years.
  • Myth 4: U.S. manufacturers are moving to low-wage countries.
    • Truth: It’s just flat wrong. In fact, the U.S. invests primarily in high wage
  • countries.
  • Myth 5:Trade is a losing proposition for Americans.
    • Truth: This is also wrong. Exports have grown at a much faster rate than
  • imports over the last several years, creating wealth for U.S.
  • manufacturers and their workers.

Agriculture exports $60 million per year.

Manufacturing exports $60 million per month.



The NAM’s

Manufacturing Institute

Dream It. Do It. Campaign

we will focus on
We Will Focus On:
  • Redefining the image of manufacturing with students, educators, parents and policy makers in a manner that increases the number of young adults and other members of the workforce who pursue manufacturing based careers.
manufacturing reality
Manufacturing Reality
  • Manufacturing has the technology jobs!
  • Very different from current image!
responding to the issues
Responding to the Issues
  • The Careers Campaign:
    • Contribute to the long-term economic growth of the US economy
    • “Make manufacturing a preferred career choice by 2010” … Re-brand manufacturing as a high tech employer/career
the campaign dream it do it
The Campaign: Dream It. Do It.
  • Correct manufacturing’s image
  • Provide career information, guidance, and links to training and jobs
  • Develop local education and training strategies for manufacturing
  • Promote local economic development strategies for manufacturing
work force development
Work Force Development


Your key to a sustainable competitive advantage!

advanced manufacturing
Advanced Manufacturing
  • To be globally competitive we provide exciting, rewarding, good paying careers!
  • Consider Manufacturing!
the importance of making things in america
The Importance of Making Things in America
  • Key to middle America quality of life
  • Key to economic development – develop a skilled workforce
  • Key to National Defense
  • Key to innovation and research
    • Ag exports $60 Billion per year
    • Manufacturing Exports $__________________

60 Billion per month!

thank you for being here
Thank you for being here!

Let's make

a difference!


Team Leader

Tony Raimondo

Organizational Chart


Executive Director

Dwayne Probyn

Area Director


Angie Ramaekers

Area Director


Linda Lichtenberg

Area Director


John Vyhlidal

Area Director


Kelly Christensen

Area Director

Northeast Nebraska

Jeff Scherer

Area Director

Western Neb.

Dave Morgan

  • Area Directors should plan on spending 20 hours per month managing their campaigns
  • Each Area Director will set up committees to include:
  • Fundraising: Used to created youth programs and scholarships while raising the awareness of manufacturing careers.
  • Awareness (Media Planning): Developing the appropriate message and plan for advertising through media outlets.
  • Education Extension: Take the message of rewarding careers to educators, classrooms, civic groups, economic groups.
  • Skills Gap: Implement surveys to discover what gaps exist in careers and in the education process.
  • The Area Directors will focus on:
  • Local goals
  • Measuring their success
  • Determining future development, including
  • Apprenticeships
  • Scholarships
  • Internships/Mentoring
the workforce gap
The Workforce Gap

Source: Workforce 2020: Work and Workers in the 21st Century (Hudson Institute) and North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (2001)




Career Dream Team