Last week, American Machinist Editor Tom Grasson visited my office. He asked me the question we've all been discussing for the past three years: "What do you think is in store for manufacturing in the U.S., specifically for our metalworking segment?"
Since I've been AMTDA's chairman, people suppose I've got answers to questions like that... I wish I did. But upon reflection, and listening to many people smarter than me , I suspect there's really no one, simple answer.
Let's face it, manufacturing ' like most U.S. industries ' is evolving. Change can be good and bad at the same time, but it's hardly ever fair to everyone. For example, consider agriculture:
In the early 20th century about 80% of Americans worked, lived and died on 80-acre farms;