Miller encourages companies in the composites industry to get involved with organizations, such as their state MEP or local manufacturing advocacy groups. They can help companies find and train employees. He also recommends reaching out to local high schools and even middle schools to offer plant tours and participate in Career Day events.

“There’s a human capital challenge right now,” says Miller. “With so many people retiring, we’ll lose a lot of our workforce in the next 10 years. By supporting schools and teaching kids about manufacturing, we’re building our employee pipeline. We’re developing our industry’s future.”

And a strong manufacturing industry is auspicious for everyone in composites.