There have been a lot of post-financial crisis, election year politicking with regards to buzz phrases such as 'made-in-USA' and 'bring manufacturing jobs home'. I think it's time to inject some realism and pragmatism into the equation instead of ideological posturing which has dominated the debate thus far. This following passage from the article is particularly of interest:
Manufacturing: Not dumb or dirty work
Craig Giffi, vice chairman and consumer and industrial products industry leader at Deloitte LLP, says there is such strong bias against manufacturing work among adults who advise young people about career choices, and skilled workers are in such short supply, that over half of U.S. firms surveyed by the Deloitte/Manufacturing Institute "anticipate the shortage to increase in the next three to five years."
The industry itself must work to change the public's perception of manufacturing. Manufacturers are the best messengers, especially if they dispatch successful, well-spoken employees to spread the word. Bosses should advertise and send teams to schools, training centers, workforce development boards, local grassroots organizations, and places that draw jobseekers to convey the kinds of coursework, certifications, and just-in-time training that is available on the job, in the classroom, at training centers, or online. Better yet, manufacturers should invite the public to visit their facilities and see what they can offer to prospective workers.