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Saturday, 11 August 2012 10:19

CAR Report: Gov. Snyder says getting students, others in the door a first step for finding talent

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ACME — The solution to helping Michigan manufacturers find qualified talent could start with some very simple steps, according to Gov. Rick Snyder.

First, companies need to get people in the door, and if Snyder has any say in it, that could soon become an easier proposition.

Speaking at a panel discussion this morning at the Center for Automotive Research Management Business Seminars at the Grand Traverse Resort, Snyder floated a proposal that would relax liability laws to allow manufacturers to more easily bring outsiders, including industry watchers and students, into their plants.

Increasing the connection between manufacturers and students, in particular, would help “emphasize the great transition (in modern advanced manufacturing). This is a high-tech industry,” Snyder said.

Snyder continued speaking on his message that Michigan could become a “hotspot in North America” for manufacturing. His message to the automotive executives in the room: “We want global companies to know that if you want something made and made really well, then make it in Michigan.

Snyder was also part of the launch of the National Governors Auto Caucus, developed in cooperation with the governors of Illinois, Missouri and Tennessee. The group’s mission is to grow the automotive industry and its supply chain, and it provides a forum for state leaders to discuss issues related to the industry.

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