"Our vision is really simple. We want to build Colorado into a global hub for advanced, diverse and competitive manufacturing," Noel Ginsburg, the the founder of the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance, said.
Ginsburg, who also owns Intertech Plastics, says most people don't recognize that there are more than 7,000 manufacturers in the state.
He adds that business is really starting to pick back up in the United States.
"For the first 20 years I was in business, I watched a lot of our business move from the United States to first Mexico, and then Asia," Ginsburg said. "But, what we've seen in the last 12 to 24 months is a real shift where business is actually coming back from Asia. So, the first thing that has to happen is that we have to have a market for our products. So, now that that's happened, we have to build back our manufacturing base in this country starting right here in Colorado."
In order to boost the number of jobs in manufacturing, Ginsburg said there is a lot the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance can do.
"We've spent a lot of time over the last nine months talking with manufacturers from all across the state. What they've told us is there's a number of things that they need. First, is a well trained workforce," Ginsburg said.
Ginsburg says the sector needs to work with educators to help prepare students to understand the opportunities in manufacturing and then work with schools to make sure the students get the skills employers need to them to have in order to move into the industry.
To learn more about the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance and its mission go to: http://co-cama.org/.
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