MANUFACTURING DAY FOC– USES ON YOUTH & TECHNOLOGY
After a successful initial celebration last year, the next Manufacturing Day has been scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. Manufacturers, educational institutions and others are encouraged to host events that will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs in manufacturing fields.
The effort is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Industrial Strength Marketing, a Nashville-area marketing agency specializing in marketing services for the manufacturing sector, has joined the effort as a guest producer for the 2013 event.
In its first year, more than 240 events were held in manufacturing facilities in 37 states and more than 7,000 people participated. This year’s celebration will feature open houses, public tours, career workshops and other activities to increase public awareness of modern manufacturing. Events also will introduce manufacturers to business improvement resources and services delivered through the MEP’s network of hundreds of affiliated centers across the country.
“Manufacturing Day is a great opportunity to shift Americans’ perception that it is not our grandfather’s manufacturing anymore and to showcase the tremendous career opportunities manufacturing has to offer,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “This day is an engaging way to attract young people and get them excited about pursuing a career in a technology-driven, innovative environment that will also provide a good-paying job. We encourage all manufacturers and manufacturing associations to get involved and share what we already know—manufacturing makes us strong.”
“Manufacturing Day is a great opportunity to celebrate work and innovation of the 12 million men and women who make the United States the world’s largest manufacturing economy,” said Ed Youdell, President and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association.
“Manufacturing Day provides a focused point in time each year when all manufacturers in America can collaborate to bring attention to this crucial sector of the economy and celebrate their accomplishments,” said Jennifer McNelly, President of the Manufacturing Institute.
“This celebration of manufacturing is a chance for all of the great manufacturers who ‘Make It in America’ to show their value to their communities,” said Roger Kilmer, Director, Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).
Become a part of Manufacturing Day by hosting or attending an event in your community this October 4.
Get involved. Manufacturers are needed to become sponsors, endorsers or to host a tour. For more information please contact Pat Felise at MRC, 800-343-6732 or 610-758-5599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Check out the neat video below, then visit www.mfgday.com to see what all the “buzz” is about.
“Manufacturing is Cool!” See how several Connecticut manufacturers celebrated!