Profile: MR’s Newest Board Member, Montez King

Montez King, who joined the Manufacturing Renaissance board in March 2021, is Executive Director of the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), the nationally-recognized organization responsible for developing national standards and competency-based credentials in manufacturing trades.   King says that being on the board of Manufacturing Renaissance is both a way to promote manufacturing and get back […]

Manufacturing Renaissance Agenda: Shaping Industrial Policy in the U.S.

The movement for a stronger and more equitable manufacturing sector in this country is growing. It is being shaped by the Manufacturing Renaissance Agenda (MRA), a national coalition that is working to advance manufacturing policies on a national level.  Partners in the MRA have had two successful meetings with senior White House economic advisors since […]

Industry & Inclusion National Cohort Wraps Up Year Long Convening

Manufacturing Renaissance (MR) and 7 other manufacturing workforce training providers participated in a year-long convening to explore, share and learn about practices and strategies for expanding and supporting racial diversity and inclusion in training programs and therefore expanded access for communities-of-color to high-quality, career-track jobs in manufacturing. The cohort convened by the Urban Manufacturing Alliance […]

MR Welcomes New Partnership with Progressive Democrats of America

Over the past four months, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) has developed a brilliant partnership with Manufacturing Renaissance. I first encountered MR through a group of PDA organizers in Appalachia.  I had been asking them to recommend an organization that PDA could partner with to help lift the prospects for American manufacturing, as I believed that […]