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“NOT ONLY A ‘SKILLS-GAP,’ BUT A ‘SUCCESSION-GAP’ IN MANUFACTURING”

March 21, 2016 – As part of the Nabisco Layoff story, WTTW interviews Dan Swinney to learn more about the challenges and opportunities in today’s manufacturing. Dan identifies an issue not typically discussed, the “Succession-Gap.” Many privately-held companies are in risk of closing, and threatening the loss of good-paying jobs, because of lack of a successor to buy the company from the aging owner who may not have family who want to take over the business when the owner wants to retire. This is an urgent issue on par with what is known as the “Skills-Gap.” WTTW posted a clip of Dan explaining what he means by the Succession-Gap on their website.

DAN SWINNEY ON WTTW CHICAGO TONIGHT

March 21, 2016 – Dan Swinney was asked to talk about the opportunities in manufacturing as part of a story that aired on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight about Nabisco workers who lost their jobs because the production of Oreo cookies are being moved to Mexico. The video and more information can be found here.

ALUMNI HOST STUDENTS FOR JOB SHADOW DAY

18 Manufacturing Connect participants from Austin Polytech had their first work experience in manufacturing today, hosted for a job shadow by nine manufacturing companies. Two of those students, juniors Johnta and Devonta, both who just earned their first NIMS credential, were welcomed by Wm Dudek Manufacturing Co. on the west side of Chicago. They were pleasantly surprised to find that they were assigned to shadow two employees who know very well what its like for young person from the Austin community to consider pursuing a career in manufacturing: Javon Cheek, APA Class of 2013 who has been working as a machine operator for nearly three years and DeAndre Joyce, APA Class of 2012 who also

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