Addressing Manufacturing’s Unique Talent Management Challenges

In case you haven’t heard, manufacturing in the U.S. is making a comeback.

Despite the old and outdated notion that most American manufacturing moved overseas, manufacturing has actually been growing steadily and now supports an estimated 17.4 million jobs in the United States —about one in six private-sector jobs, according to the latest figures from the National Association of Manufacturers.

More to the point, more than 12 million Americans, or 9 percent of the workforce,  are employed directly in manufacturing.

Yes, manufacturing is a growing and critical part of our economy, and that’s one of the reasons why TLNT is putting on the first-ever HR in Manufacturing Forum Nov. 4-5 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Just 3 of the many great sessions

If you are an HR pro, talent manager, or executive working in manufacturing, this — finally — is a conference aimed specifically at you. And at the HR in Manufacturing Forum, you’ll learn from experts and peers how to FIND, DEVELOP and KEEP talent in today’s competitive market.

ManufacturingFor example, here are three of the many sessions you won’t want to miss:

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Yes, there are large and formidable talent challenges facing the manufacturing sector, but there are also a lot smart people in manufacturing who have great stories to tell about how they are not only tackling those talent challenges, but are thriving as a result of what  they’re doing.

Early Bird rate available until Sept. 26

In other words, if you manage talent in the manufacturing sector, you really need to be in Fort Worth Nov. 4-5 and compare notes with some of the best at the HR in Manufacturing Forum.

Plus, you can still get the early bird discount and save $300 off our very best conference rate if you register by Sept. 26. It’s two full days of great manufacturing speakers sharing what they’re doing to succeed in a challenging — and growing — business sector.

If you manage talent in manufacturing, you owe it to yourself to attend the HR in Manufacturing Forum Nov. 4-5 at the Onni Fort Worth Hotel. It is going to be one great conference you won’t want to miss.  

John Hollon is Editor-at-Large at ERE Media and was the founding Editor of A longtime newspaper, magazine, and business journal editor, John has deep roots in the talent management space. He's the former Editor of Workforce Management magazine and, served as Editor of RecruitingDaily, and was Vice President for Content at HR technology firm Checkster. An award-winning journalist, John has written extensively about HR, talent management, leadership, and smart business practices, including for the popular Fistful of Talent blog. Contact him at, connect with him on LinkedIn, or follow him on Twitter @johnhollon.


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