Celebrating Manufacturing with America
In 2011, The Rodon Group hosted our first Manufacturing Day event. We were one of about 200 companies throughout the country to open our doors to students, educators and parents. Fast forward to 2015 and we were joined by over 2,300 companies and organizations, 120 in Pennsylvania alone. The message is loud and clear; Manufacturing Day has struck a chord.
This event resonates with so many Americans because it focuses on developing the next generation of manufacturers and innovators. Our nation, within the last century, owes most of our economic gains to the manufacturing sector, a sector that had been in decline for several decades. Companies took production offshore to low-wage countries, eroding our manufacturing base. In doing so, professional trade careers were no longer seen as a viable employment choice. Factories closed their doors, and apprenticeship programs closed as well. The training pipeline to acquire skills dried up.
Fast forward to today and manufacturing is making a comeback. Technical schools are beginning to see renewed interest from students and parents. So, on Manufacturing Day, we set aside our morning event to focus on teachers and students. This year our morning educational program was highlighted by two interns who shared their experience working at Rodon with the group. We even had a student videographer who helped get all the action on film.