Manufacturing didn’t die, it evolved. Technology changed the nature of jobs and labor became cheaper elsewhere. And most times, the existing workforce didn’t change their skill set and people got left behind. Today, new manufacturing is back to boom. If we’ve learned anything from history it’s that it need not repeat itself. That’s why what’s emerging from the rust belts and old industrial areas around the world is so encouraging. Twenty-first century manufacturing is advanced and it’s digital. It’s not dirty or dull or dangerous. It’s a growth industry, with the potential to employ plenty of people—if they have the skills. And that’s how ManpowerGroup and Rockwell Automation are leading the way.