Youth Movement

It seems millennials are on the top of many people’s list of audiences they want to reach. Manufacturing is not immune to this movement, as it tries to fill job openings with the next generation of workers.

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John Lang (right) and his son JP Lang represent two generations of metalworkers.

It seems millennials are on the top of many people’s list of audiences they want to reach. Manufacturing is not immune to this movement, as it tries to fill job openings with the next generation of workers.

The idea is to provide continuity to a business and ultimately an industry. Last year, PM senior editor, Chris Felix, wrote a story on this topic. It’s about a young shop owner who is making his way through the ups and downs of metalworking manufacturing.

The young man came by his manufacturing bug honestly. His father runs the machining and stamping operations for a Chicago-based OEM and used to bring his young son into the shop. In another generational twist, I wrote a story about his father in 2004.

Thanks to the Internet, both of these articles are available for you to read with the click of a mouse. For Chris Felix’s piece, visit "A Youthful Approach to Production Machining," and visit "Seeing a Multi Through Different Eyes" for my story about his father.