Despite the attention paid to tech and gig jobs and workers, the manufacturing industry continues to occupy a central place in the American economy. However, over the last decade, technological advances led to heightened fears of job loss, especially for workers without a college degree. The COVID-19 pandemic only exacerbated these fears, creating deep divisions between workers able to engage in remote work and those unable to do so. What does the "factory of the future" look like post-COVID? Craig Platt, Managing Director of IT Sector Partnership at Greater Cleveland Partnership, Elisabeth Reynolds, Ph.D., Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing and Economic Development at the National Economic Council, and Executive Director of the Taskforce on the Work of the Future at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Adam Snyder, Managing Director of the Manufacturing Sector Partnership at MAGNET, explain.
Elisabeth Reynolds, Ph.D.
Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing and Economic Development, National Economic Council; Executive Director, Taskforce on the Work of the Future, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Managing Director, Manufacturing Sector Partnership, MAGNET