Former Nucor CEO and chairman emeritus Dan DiMicco, an outspoken supporter of U.S. manufacturing even in retirement, will release his book “American Made” on March 3.
DiMicco’s message in the book is that manufacturing is alive and well and shouldn’t be ignored for its ability to create well-paying jobs. Investment in manufacturing, DiMicco has said, will enable the U.S. to rebuild its crumbling infrastructure, become energy independent and fix the trade imbalance.
The book also discusses the “false promise of green jobs” and exposes the hidden costs of outsourcing jobs overseas, according to DiMicco’s website.
“We need to create jobs, and the way to do that is to rebuild our aging infrastructure,” DiMicco told the Observer in November. “That means you have to spend money. This is an investment.”
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Policymakers including Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Charlotte’s former mayor, have also pointed to manufacturing investment as an economic necessity. Nationally, manufacturing employment has been on a steady rise since the Great Recession, and recent data show Charlotte’s grown its manufacturing workforce by about 4 percent over the past year.
DiMicco, who retired from Charlotte steel company Nucor in early 2013, serves on the board of directors of Duke Energy Corp. and lives in Charlotte.