May 14, 2014
Addressing an audience as keynote speaker at the Industry Week Best Plants conference in Milwaukee on May 7, Kennametal Inc. Chairman, President, and CEO Carlos Cardoso debunked common myths about manufacturing and encouraged manufacturing leaders to be the change the industry needs to remake the American dream.
"If we don't turn these myths around, we won't be able to find the skilled people we need to fill the jobs we have today, nor for the massive wave of retirements we face," Cardoso said. "In my opinion, this is nothing short of a national emergency."
With more than half a million high-paying manufacturing jobs available right now and more to come as nearly 2.7 million baby boomers retire from the industry in the next decade, Cardoso called for action from industry leaders to “be the change” through advocacy, collaboration, and educational engagement, including: