This Friday, October 2nd is National Manufacturing Day. As a U.S. manufacturer, we are proud to be participating in this annual event for the fourth time. We're excited to be hosting close to 50 students from local tech schools and colleges in the area and hearing from guest speakers Kathy Manderino, Secretary of Labor and Industry in PA and Sandy Montalbano, Director of Media for the Reshoring Initiative. With all the attention MFGDay is receiving, we thought we'd take a step back to learn how the day was established.
Since its beginning in 2011, Manufacturing Day has achieved several thousand manufacturing plant tours across the U.S and Canada. The event is co-produced by organizations that come together to provide the framework for Manufacturing Day.This year includes FMA, NAM, MEP, and The Manufacturing Institute.
On October 2nd, 2014, President Obama issued a presidential proclamation declaring the first Friday of October as National Manufacturing Day. The President stated the following in his proclamation:
“On National Manufacturing Day, more than 1,600 American manufacturers will open their doors and take up the important work of inspiring our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering. Today's science, technology, engineering, and math graduates will power the next chapter of American production and innovation, and harnessing their potential is an economic imperative. When our manufacturing base is strong, our entire economy is strong. Today, we continue our work to bolster the industry at the heart of our Nation. With grit and resolve, we can create new jobs and widen the circle of opportunity for more Americans".
According to the MFGDay website:
"MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry. Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. "
To find an MFG Day event in your area, visit http://www.mfgday.com/events