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There are some people that think manufacturing is somehow an archaic industry that must be replaced by better industries in growing sectors such as information technology or resources.

Not so, say a growing number of vocal manufacturing industry advocates in the US and in Canada who say that an economy without a vibrant manufacturing industry is a dying one.

Speak with people like Harry C. Moser, who is spearheading the Reshoring Initiative in the US and has made great strides with getting the attention of the US government and sending out the message that manufacturing is crucial to the future growth of a country. Or in Canada, there is Nigel Southway, 2012 chair of the Toronto chapter of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) who has taken the reins on the "Take Back Manufacturing" (TBM) initiative.

The Canadian program - focused primarily on Ontario, but relevant for all of Canada, says Nigel Southway - has the backing of several industry organizations and individuals, including CAW's economist Jim Stanford. Canada is quickly losing its prosperity because of the ongoing decline in manufacturing and something must be done. TBM's goal is to reach out to government to take action and work on a "joint recovery" between the manufacturing sector and respective governments.

What can be done? Lots, say advocates. The issue will be addressed at the upcoming Shop Insights 2012: The Future of Manufacturing in September.

Check back on our web site for conference details in the near future.

We can't let manufacturing in Canada die and we should all do what we can to ensure Canadian manufacturing has a long and vibrant future in this country.

From the staff of Shop Metalworking Technology Magazine, have a safe and happy holiday and a Merry Christmas.

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