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What to Expect From the Aerospace & Aviation Industries in Coming Years — Part I

The aerospace and aviation industries are primed for another strong year, according to Deloitte.

In fact, demand for commercial aircraft is so high there is an order backlog of more than 14,000 planes — with an expected 38,000 aircraft to be produced over the next 20 years.

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5 Reasons Why Texas Is the Best State for Manufacturing

While the manufacturing industry has changed significantly, the power propelling it forward has not. Texas manufacturing has evolved into a variety of dynamic industries including aerospace, aviation, automotive, information technology, biotech, and more.

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5 North Texas Colleges With Scholarship Programs to Help Fuel DFW's Manufacturing Talent

Whether a student is considering upgrading their skills or just starting out on a new career path, higher education is a great avenue to prepare for a high-paying job in the vibrant Texas economy.

Home to 13 million workers — the nation’s second largest workforce — one of the state’s top priorities is to make sure this workforce is well trained.

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Solving the Manufacturing Skills Gap: 3 Tips to Retain a Skilled Workforce

It’s no secret that the increasing role of automation and advanced technologies is widening the manufacturing skills gap.

Companies who attract and retain skilled workers can gain a competitive edge in an industry that rewards productivity, efficiency, and quick turnaround times.

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Industry 4.0: Why Texas Technical Jobs Aren't Going Anywhere

February 14, 2019 by Midlothian Economic Development

The future of manufacturing has arrived, and with it comes doomsday predictions about how artificial intelligence and automation will transform the Texas workforce.

AI, smart-home technology, and other innovations have come to reality in quick succession over the past few years, transforming lives and businesses everywhere.

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Top Manufacturing Trades in Demand: What's Attracting Your Texas Workforce?

December 10, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes job growth.

The Lone Star State has experienced annual employment growth for 27 consecutive months, according to the latest data from the Texas Workforce Commission. Meanwhile, the state's unemployment rate fell to a record low of 3.8 percent in August.

Despite a nationwide struggle to find strong labor supply for advanced manufacturing, Texas boasts an available workforce, a steady economy, and an outlook for continued growth.

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Is Technical Education the Answer to Closing the Workforce Skills Gap?

November 21, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

Despite an overall positive year, thanks to a strong economy, a growing and persistent challenge is exasperating the manufacturing sector. The skilled labor shortage is intensifying, but technical education could be the answer.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 18,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs were added in September 2018, reaching 12.7 million jobs.

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Key Factors to Consider Before Relocating a Manufacturing Business

September 27, 2018 by Midlothian Economic Development

Editor's Note: This is an updated version of an article published in May 2017.

Relocating a manufacturing business, or choosing to expand your facility into a new city, can be a challenging decision. Several reasons may prompt manufacturing plant relocation, including increased rent and labor costs, business growth, availability of raw material, and lack of resources. However, the issues during the moving process are fairly universal.

From internal factors that will affect your company...

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The Advanced Manufacturing Skills Gap: What Are the Skills of the Future?

There has been a lot of discussion as to what the future holds for advanced manufacturing. The move to technology and automation in both assembly and production lines has created fears around job displacement and losses for manufacturers everywhere. The reality could not be further from this. In the U.K. alone, the addition of technology in manufacturing processes has added 3.5 million jobs compared to the 800,000 jobs displaced.

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