During his opening remarks, Warner cited a Defense Department report which found that 41% of the 9,600 companies listed in the Defense Industrial Base cited work as a major concern. “This study came out before COVID,” he said.
In addition, 53 of the 100 skilled positions opened in the country were all in the manufacturing sector, he said.
Speaking to reporters, Warner said most communities are going through changes as the nature of work changes and new technologies come into the picture.
“Ahead of the curve”
“Danville is just a little ahead of the curve,” he said. “This community was hit hard in the late 90s and early 2000s, whether it was textiles, furniture and tobacco, all of these traditional industries collapsed, and yet the community here in through elected leaders and business leaders, has grown stronger.
He cited the Institute as an example of the community entering the 21st century.
“We were delighted to welcome Senator Warner as the keynote speaker for today’s ATDM summit and appreciate his support for this prototype innovative training platform that the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research has la chance to lead, ”Mark Gignac, executive director of the Institute, told the Danville Register & Bee in a prepared statement. “The need for training has been clearly defined today, especially with regard to addressing the gaps in the defense industrial base in manpower and critical skills such as CNC machining, metrology, welding and additive manufacturing.