And the award goes to ... American workers

Posted by TGarland on 03/03/2014

Last night, all of Hollywood gathered at L.A.’s Dolby Theatre to award this year’s best performances in film. And while we enjoyed the glitz and the glamor, there are real American heroes working everyday that never receive any recognition (and we’re not talking about Matthew McConaughey’s kind of hero).

We’re talking about heroes like Tim Golick, a 31 year-old craftsman from Pennsylvania. After 10 years in construction, Golick entered a three-year apprenticeship program to become a machinist.

The New York Times (NYT) sat down with Golick to talk about the education of a craftsman:

NYT: Why did you decide on the manufacturing field?

Golick: It’s a big part of our country’s history. My dad and stepdad both have over 35 years in the field. My dad’s a welder and my stepdad is a welder-machinist. After working in construction, I got a job working with my stepdad at a company that made pressurized gas tanks for airplanes. At Hamill Manufacturing, I make parts for aircraft carriers.

Golick saw the opportunity that a manufacturing career offers:

I’d like to plan the manufacturing process and let someone else do the actual work. That’s the beauty of manufacturing. If you put the work in, you can climb the ladder.

Manufacturing is the foundation of a strong American economy and American workers like Golick make that possible. They deserve to awarded every day (with a #MadeinUSA statue to boot!).

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