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Manufacturing Day is October 5th - 5 Reasons You Should Participate

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Sep 18, 2012 7:00:00 AM

Manufacturing DayTo 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 announced the launch of Manufacturing Day for October 5, 2012.

CMTC would like to invite manufacturers to hold open houses, public tours, career workshops and other events on October 5th to introduce as many people as possible to the important role played by manufacturing both in local communities and for the nation. The grassroots events will also introduce manufacturers to business improvement resources and services delivered through the MEP's network of more than 400 affiliated centers across the country.

5 Reasons You Should Participate in Manufacturing Day:

  • Support state and national economies which are rooted in the manufacturing industry
  • Inspire younger generations - our workforce of tomorrow - to consider a career in the manufacturing industry where jobs pay 25-50 percent more than jobs in the non-manufacturing sector
  • Increase product awareness and visibility for your company
  • Discover valuable resources and services through the MEP - the U.S. Commerce Department's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership network
  • Secure the future of our country by driving innovation and employment through advancing manufacturing, a vital sector to our nation's economy

Studies by the non-profit 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 led by NIST MEP centers and the FMA 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.

To participate in Manufacturing Day, log on to or call 888-394-4362. Organizations that wish to become involved as official sponsors of this program should call 888-394-4362 or email

Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) is a public/private partnership that works with small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, save time and money, develop new customers, and expand into new markets. Founded in 1988, the nationwide network provides a variety of services, from innovation strategies to process improvements to green manufacturing. MEP field staff includes more than 1,400 technical experts located in every state. For every dollar of federal investment, the MEP generates around $30 in new sales growth ($3.6 billion in new sales annually). For every $1,570 of federal investment, MEP creates or retains one manufacturing job. Visit or call 1-800-MEP-4MFG for more information.

Topics: Manufacturing, Innovation

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