- November 25, 2016
President Trump May Increase U.S. Manufacturing Jobs
My hopes and prayers, during the recently concluded Thanksgiving celebration, are for exponentially more U.S. manufacturing jobs in the near future. Many regard the Pilgrim’s (the early settlers of Plymouth Colony) three-day feast to celebrate a bountiful harvest in the fall of 1621 as the nation’s first Thanksgiving. I hope the naming of and efforts by President Trump lead to a historical push towards improving American manufacturing might. As a result, we can later give thanks for and commemorate a national holiday (e.g. American Manufacturing Day).
Manufacturing Already Showing Positive Signs
Even before President-elect Trump has taken office, there have been positive signs of U.S. manufacturing jobs being created. CEO’s of both Ford Motor Company and Apple Computer have said they will bring back more production jobs to America!
Apple May Build An Additional U.S. Manufacturing Plant
Currently, most of Apple’s production jobs reside in countries such as China countries such as China and Vietnam. However, in a recently released report, Apple has asked one of its main production suppliers, Foxconn, to investigate moving more manufacturing jobs to the U.S.
Additionally, president-elect Donald Trump is considering incentives to encourage Apple to build at least one major production plant in the United States to manufacture products locally. He explained to Apple CEO, Tim Cook that he would consider it a “real achievement” if he could convince Apple to make devices in the United States instead of other countries and Cook reportedly acknowledged the suggestion by saying that he understands.
Mr. Trump went on to say, “I think we’ll create the incentives for you and I think you’re going to do it. We’re going for a very large tax cut for corporations, which you’ll be happy about.”
Unfortunately, big tax cuts, are presently impossible due to current regulations. As a result, Mr. Trump further commented, “Therefore those regulations have to go. These regulations have become ridiculous and companies find it hard to start things up and expand.”
Ford Motor Keeping Manufacturing Jobs In America
Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford Jr. told President-elect Donald Trump, “Our small Lincoln utility vehicle made at the Louisville Assembly plant will stay in Kentucky. We are encouraged that you and the new Congress will pursue policies that will improve U.S. competitiveness and make it possible to keep production of this vehicle here in the United States.”
Ford builds both the Ford Escape and Lincoln MKC SUV at its Louisville Assembly Plant in Kentucky and employs about 4,700 people there. It also has a separate truck plant in Louisville, where it builds pickups and larger SUVs.
Many Manufacturing Recruiters See Job Promise
Our recruitment firm recently surveyed other engineering, technology and manufacturing recruiting teams. The consensus is recruiters see a lot of potential under President Trump for creating U.S. manufacturing jobs. This includes not only production worker positions, but also job vacancies for scientific, R&D (research and development), engineering, IT (information technology) and manufacturing technology talent.