For the past 16 years, manufacturing jobs have been on the decline; many of those were lost to automation, new technology and cheaper labor overseas. But today’s factories don’t run the way they used to. There’s an increase in production and availability of jobs – jobs considered skilled labor. The manufacturing industry is predicting a need for 3.5 million new employees in the next decade, and they are worried they won’t be able to find even half of needed employees. Why? Now, people are looking to college, or other places, to start their careers. Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, represents 900 manufacturing companies. He sits down with Soledad O’Brien to explain the challenges of overcoming the stigma around factory work and how manufacturers are reaching into local communities to battle that stereotype and to train a new workforce.

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