Manufacturing Day officially takes place on the first Friday of October, but the Manufacturing Institute, the education, and workforce arm of the National Association of Manufacturers are keeping the celebration going all month long.
Manufacturing Day was founded in 2012 by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International with the intention of giving manufacturers an opportunity to connect with the next generation of manufacturers and to educate the public in general about what today’s manufacturing careers have to offer.
NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, Samsung Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs David Steel were joined by local students and business leaders at Samsung Electronics Home Appliance facility in Newberry, South Carolina for a tour of the state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in celebration of Manufacturing Day last week. In a presentation at the event, Timmons said, “Our industry is growing and thriving, but we are facing a workforce crisis. Over the next decade, manufacturers will create 4.6 million jobs—jobs that are high-skill, high-tech and high-paying—but 2.4 million could go unfilled if we don’t close the skills gap. Manufacturing Day shines a spotlight on these opportunities and allows us to connect with the next generation of creators who will lead this industry into the future.”
At the same time in Greensboro, Georgia, Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee visited the Novelis aluminum recycling center and toured the facility with Novelis Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and NAM board member Dev Ahuja. “MFG Day aims to change the narrative around manufacturing. Many people have no sense of what modern manufacturing looks like in today’s economy. We want to connect with the future work-force —America’s students—and showcase the innovation and collaboration that drives manufacturing today,” said Lee. “MFG Day is an opportunity for anyone looking to join us on this exciting journey to get a firsthand look inside some of the country’s great manufacturing companies.”
For more information visit The Manufacturing Institute at http://www.themanufacturinginstitute.org/