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Dec 01, 2012

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Andrew Brod

I agree that these technologies have great potential for American manufacturing, but I have concerns about how much good they'll do for manufacturing workers in North Carolina and especially the Triad.

This was on my mind when a BizJ reporter asked me about the local implications of the "e-cigarettes" being developed by RJR Reynolds and Lorillard. I said there's no guarantee that these more technology-intensive products will be made here, due to relatively low skill and educational levels of the Triad workforce. Perhaps the tobacco companies will find it cost-effective to train local workers to manufacture e-cigs.

More broadly, manufacturing is getting more and more technology- and skills-intensive, and it's not clear that we're prepared to keep up.

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