Strategies include maximizing older workers' careers, having discussions about retirement, transferring company knowledge to younger workers and boosting recruitment efforts.
Free, specialized workforce training is one advantage the state offers manufacturing companies.
The program asks companies and trade groups nationwide to commit to expand programs that educate, train and reskill 1, 186,000 American workers from high school age to near retirement.
Forklift manufacturer Raymond supports competition to help create "next generation of welding and manufacturing workers."
The e-commerce giant said it will retrain 100,000 workers by 2025.
Lincoln Electric has partnered with Tooling U-SME to expand its welding education program in order to close the national skills gap in welding.