For the season of giving, there sure is a lot of wanting in the buildup to Christmas. There’s no escaping it either. Between the aggressive sales, not to mention sales associates at various retailers, catalogues from businesses you’ve never even heard of crammed into your mailbox, and digital deals dragging down your cyber-speeds, even the classic Christmas movies and music are motivated by the good old-fashioned gimmes.

Ralphie wants to risk his eye with a Red Ryder BB gun, Spike Jones wants his two front teeth, Madonna’s got an endless list for Santa, including decorations bought at Tiffany’s, all topped off by ring, and it all begs the question – absent of the guy in the red coat, who’s paying for all this jazz? Naturally, the never-ending Yuletide want translates to a need for extra Christmas cash.

Few of us escape the anxiety-inducing adding up of expenses, not to mention the year-round cost of living that doesn’t disappear into the glow of twinkling tree lights. Take heart, friend. TPI Staffing is here to help you navigate the holiday season with some extra Christmas savings.

We’ll silence the whines of Ralphie, Spike, and Madge for a moment to bring you the latest list of manufacturing gigs sure to get you in the spirit and get you those much-needed greenbacks.

Do You Believe?

The commercial holiday season is big on the word “believe.” Good luck visiting any Macy’s store without seeing the word festooned on walls, floor displays, even suspended from the ceiling. Retailers want you to believe in their goods and demonstrate that belief with your wallet. But the idea of believing at Christmas is most often tossed about, regarding the existence of Santa. Can any adult resist asking a young child if he or she believes in Santa?

Ten years ago, Calvin Woodward of the Associated Press, published an AP Poll in The Washington Times: Santa Claus Endures in America, proving that Santa Claus is a big deal when it comes to belief – 86%, to be exact. That’s the percentage of adults polled who believed in Santa, with 60% of those polled who still consider him an important presence in their holiday traditions.

Belief. It’s a big deal. Some might even say huge (yuge.)

Christmas Comes Early to Grand Rapids, Michigan

Fifteen days early, to be exact. On December 10, President-elect Trump announced that Andrew Liveris, Chief Executive of Dow Chemical Company, would assume the position as head of the newly created American Manufacturing Council. Although more details, regarding the scope and scale of this council, will be announced next week, for the moment, President-elect Trump simply said, “We’re finding ways to bring industry back to America.” And in a nod to his new appointment, insisted, “Nobody can do it like Andrew.”

Dow Chemical Company is based in Michigan, which made the subsequent announcement by Liveris all the more exciting. Following his selection to this manufacturing council, Liveris introduced plans to build a new research and development center in Michigan, creating 200 jobs for the area. Of those, about half will represent new positions, while the remaining will consist of positions repatriated from abroad.

According to Liveris, “This innovation center will add to Dow’s world-class R&D engine and could have been located anywhere in the world. We chose Michigan, our home for more than 119 years because of the highly-skilled workforce in the state and because we believe the incoming Presidential administration understands the importance of R&D investment and its multiplier impact on U.S. manufacturing jobs.”

He went on to celebrate the Michigan workforce even further, claiming, “We have some of the smartest, most creative people in the world working with chemistries that can help solve the world’s most pressing challenges – from clean water scarcity to the preservation of food to energy and the environment. Dow is uniquely positioned to invent the products that will define the solutions of tomorrow – and then ultimately, to manufacture those solutions right here in the U.S.”

Let’s hope Liveris urges Dow to start with nearby Flint, when it comes to clean water initiatives. After all, Dow has long been committed to Michigan’s prosperity, focused specifically on the Great Lakes Bay Region. With any luck, the new innovation center will even exceed the positive efforts Dow has made in the local community, particularly with respect to manufacturing. But make no mistake, the decision to create such a center stems from belief.

It’s all because of the President-elect, according to Liveris, who admitted, “This decision is because of this man and these policies.” He then went on to say, “I tingle with pride listening to you.”

We’ll leave the love-fest there for the moment, but it’s safe to consider this joint appearance as yet further evidence of Trump’s ability to preserve, and possibly reclaim, jobs for the American workforce. The second, of course, was the Carrier announcement in Indiana, a feat shared by Indiana Governor and Trump’s running mate, Mike Pence. But it all started back in November when Ford Motor Co. decided to maintain manufacturing of its Lincoln vehicle lineup in Kentucky, rather than relocate to Mexico.

No matter who is ultimately responsible for keeping jobs in the U.S., there is no doubt that such maneuvers inspire belief in an American workforce that has long suffered from lack of spirit. It’s tough to stay motivated when layoffs and pink slips dominate the workplace discussion. And while we all know that business is about the bottom-line, moving factories, and the jobs therein, to international locations famous for cheap labor and materials is no consolation to those left unemployed at home. Especially not during the holiday season when the need for extra Christmas cash is palpable.

Manufacturing Makes a Comeback

Big announcements like those from Carrier, Ford, and Dow, are best approached with a kind of cautious optimism. Of course, they sound good for American manufacturers, but if saving jobs on our soil, or bringing them back from abroad was so easy, why wasn’t it done before?

In the spirit of Christmas, let’s lean heavier on the side of optimism and envision a real revitalization of the manufacturing sector. Though a complete manufacturing resurgence won’t be realized in time for extra cash this Christmas, the wheels are certainly in motion, so how will you get on board? By flagging the attention of the conductor – no, not Trump – a team member at TPI Staffing. All of our associates are eager to help match you with the right opportunity and know the industry inside and out.

Perhaps even more importantly, our team knows what it’s like to feel strapped for cash, especially during such a spending season. We can help you secure extra savings for Christmas and alleviate some of the stress you might be experiencing, not to mention save you some much-needed time and energy when it comes to looking for your next employment opportunity. After all, looking for a full-time job often feels like a full-time job in itself.

Whether you need seasonal support in the form of a part-time gig, want to secure a new, exciting full-time opportunity, or just need to speak with the pros when it comes to getting back in the game – believe in the team at TPI Staffing. With three NH offices conveniently located in Claremont, Keene, and Lebanon, along with our office in Brattleboro, VT, TPI Staffing makes it easy to come in and chat with our associates, give a call, or scroll the job listings on our website.

However you decide to move forward, TPI Staffing is standing by

About the Author:

After earning her MA from Dartmouth College in 2008, Amanda Silva received her MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2012. Since then, her work has been published in bioStories - later anthologized in bioStories’ Mothers and Other Creatures, Empty Sink, Emrys Journal, The Riding Light Review, Silver Birch Press, and Vine Leaves Literary Journal - later anthologized in The Best of Vine Leaves Literary Journal 2012. When she is not pursuing her own writing projects, she creates content for both large, international corporations, as well as smaller local and independent businesses. Interested readers are invited to check out her website and portfolio at www.amandafsilva.com