To highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy and draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields, a group of public and private organizations will be hosting Manufacturing Day Oct. 5, 2012.
The effort is sponsored by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the U.S. Commerce Department's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), Wisconsin MEP (WMEP) and Illinois Manufacturing Extension Center (IMEC). MEP is part of DOC's National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Additional organizations are participating in the program in support of the manufacturing industry. Through open houses, public tours, career workshops and other events held at participating facilities on Oct. 5, the sponsors hope to introduce as many people as possible to the important role played by manufacturing both in local communities and for the nation.
Sandvik Coromant will have its Productivity Centers in the U.S. participating in the national event and continue with activities throughout the month of October.
Wilson Tool International will celebrate with a presentation and tour of its manufacturing facility from 10 a.m. to noon at 12912 Farnham Avenue, White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
In addition, Wilson Tool will hold a career exploration night on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. The event will feature presentations by employees in various areas of the company explaining their positions and the path they took to get there as well as a tour of the facility. The company encourages anyone interested in a career in manufacturing to attend.
Studies by the nonprofit Manufacturing Institute and others show that almost 80 percent of Americans believe manufacturing is important to our economic prosperity, standard of living and national security. Yet only 30 percent would encourage their children to go into manufacturing as a career.
With the gap growing each year between the skills students learn in school and those they will need on the job, it is increasingly difficult for manufacturers to find and hire qualified employees. By promoting Manufacturing Day, manufacturing associations and other organizations said they want to remove some of the myths surrounding manufacturing. For example, manufacturing is a solid, long-term career choice for qualified candidates-including the young people who will form the workforce of tomorrow, and it is a vital part of our economy.
"Manufacturing Day will be the 'coming out party' for U.S. manufacturers all across the nation," said Ed Youdell, president and CEO of the FMA. "October 5th is dedicated to celebrating the great work and innovation of the 12 million men and women who make the United States the world's largest manufacturing economy.
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