Mary Scheibel, principal owner of Milwaukee-based marketing communications firm Scheibel Halaska Inc., has a new blog on the Milwaukee Small Business Times Web site. The first post is headlined "Pssst! Manufacturing is alive and well," and it features some nice words of encouragement for a sector of the economy that needs a bit of cheerleading these days.
Lean manufacturing. Highly engineered design. Automation. Rapid prototyping. Global supply chain partnerships. Headline-worthy progress is in full swing at manufacturing facilities everywhere, but we aren't reading about it enough. News coverage spotlights a success here and there, but it too often on focuses on negative generalizations. This gloomy vision of the future is scaring away the next generation of manufacturing leaders - talented people whom resurgent manufacturers need to keep up with growth.Scheibel, who has been quoted in Plastics News, too, urges young people looking for a career to consider manufacturing, pointing out that the best companies in the sector are profitable and offer a promising future -- but need a new generation of leaders. Keep it up, Mary, and welcome to blogland!