There is no doubt that 2020 has been a soup sandwich. For the manufacturing industry, some have fared very well while others have struggled to keep the lights on.
Prior to the pandemic the U.S. economy was ramping up. Revised trade policies and reduced taxes and regulations spurred growth. Massive amounts of capital were subsequently pumped into the economy. The impacts of these policies and actions are difficult to ignore. The skilled labor shortage has been magnified.