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Mick Raike

I truly believe that innovation needs manufacturing. Long gone are the days of "a strong back and weak mind". As a veteran of the automotive industry, I have witnessed many good paying union jobs being replaced by automation. However, robots do not need a break; do not need a day off; never get sick or have to stay home with a sick child. If it were not for our facility in the midwest, NASA would have never been able to test their plasma fire rocket boosters that sent man to the moon. (We use that innovation to melt raw material to make iron.) Therefore, it is extremely important to prepare the next generation of manufacturing employees to run, manipulate, and maintain these complicated systems. Without this training, there could be a real possibility that manufacturing could easily be sent back to the dark ages.


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