MOUNT VERNON — Career technical education in Knox County got a major boost Friday when Ariel Corp. announced a $1 million donation to the Knox County Career Center to renovate and refurbish its computer numerical control manufacturing technology lab. Students will learn the process Ariel Corp. uses to produce components and those who successfully complete the program will graduate as members of a highly skilled workforce.
Karen Buchwald Wright, president and CEO of Ariel Corp., said for the last two decades the narrative has been that manufacturing in the United States has been in decline and that trade imbalances, high energy prices and cheap labor in other countries have led to the exodus of manufacturing to other countries around the world.
“However, there is a shift occurring,” she said. “Manufacturing is actually experiencing a renaissance as a result of cheap, plentiful and domestic oil and gas and America’s skilled labor force which still outperforms virtually everybody in productivity around the world.
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