Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY), co-chairs of the House Manufacturing Caucus, held the first event of the 113th Congress on Feb. 5, a “Manufacturing 101” kick-off event that included presentations from Aric Newhouse of the National Association of Manufacturers, Emily Foster of Cummins, Inc., and Ralph Resnick, President of the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. The Manufacturing Caucus will be holding monthly events to educate House members and staff on manufacturing issues and the promotion of manufacturing in the U.S.
Ralph Resnick told the audience that the U.S. has to take advantage of the innovative movement in manufacturing, and suggested the need to leverage the maker movement. Resnick also believes that for the U.S. to compete and overtake China in the area of manufacturing, we need to build infrastructure and constantly innovate. For example, the new developments in 3-D printing are revolutionizing parts manufacturing across many industries.
“Robots don’t take away jobs,” said Resnick. “By taking advantage of the innovative movement in manufacturing, they create higher end jobs. There will be different jobs, and we need to make sure we are ready for those different jobs.”