-  The Manufacturing Institute is pleased that manufacturing and the need for a skilled workforce took center stage in tonight’s State of the Union address.  President Obama emphasized that we cannot rebuild and grow our economy without manufacturing and a skilled workforce necessary to drive productivity and innovation.

Bradley Henning, a journeyman machinist at Atlas Machine and Supply, Inc., in Louisville, KY, who was a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama for the State of the Union address tonight, represents the face of needed American manufacturing talent.  As a student of foundational high-school technical skills training and a graduate of the machinist apprenticeship program at Atlas, Mr. Henning is a prime example of how the right training leads to successful careers and productive companies.  
"Today, manufacturing provides modern, sophisticated jobs that are critical to the U.S. economy," said Alcoa Chairman and CEO Klaus Kleinfeld. "The challenge we face is finding enough men and women with the advanced math, science and technology skills needed to fill these attractive jobs.  Alcoa supports public-private partnerships to promote opportunities in advanced manufacturing and to prepare the next generation to succeed in this exciting field."

With support from Alcoa Foundation, The Manufacturing Institute has been able to continue to grow manufacturing training programs in key manufacturing geographies.

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