In the course of doing business I hire panel builders and machine shops to do the builds. One machine shop owner was telling me recently that machinists are a dying breed. He said it is getting near to impossible to find young people working the trade. In his words, most of the talent in the field is getting old and retiring.
I am hard pressed to think of a more significant problem wrt US manfucturing. If we simply lose the talent needed to produce goods, how can we possibly compete with other nations?