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Manufacturers: This Is Your Day

Posted by Carrie Pittman on Oct 4, 2012 6:00:00 AM

This article, originally posted on NIST MEP's Manufacturing Innovation Blog and written by Roger Kilmer, highlights the benefits of Manufacturing Day which will be observed on October 5th, 2012

Manufacturing DayIn the spirit of less talk, more results, Manufacturing Day has been launched and is being championed by dozens of organizationsIt will be celebrated on October 5th with plant tours and open houses at as many manufacturers as possible across the country.

Why do we need a national day dedicated to manufacturing?  Studies by the nonprofit Manufacturing Institute and others show that almost 80% of Americans believe manufacturing is important to our economic prosperity, standard of living and national security. Yet only 30% would encourage their children to go into manufacturing as a career.  And, according to Ed Youdell, president and CEO of the Fabricators and Manufacturing Association (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.”

Now is our chance to do something collectively to make a difference for this industry.  High schools, colleges, local chambers of commerce, unions, trade associations, government entities, and manufacturers can work together to propel U.S. manufacturing to the next level.  Through individual open houses and plant tours that will take place in cities and towns across the nation, we can show the public what manufacturing really looks like.   We can do something to teach young people about interesting, challenging, well-paying jobs they could train for in manufacturing.   We can help provide a stream of good, qualified workers our manufacturers so desperately need and help keep more things “Made in America.”  We can do something to rally together in support of what has been, and what can always be, the driver of economic vitality and strength in the U.S.  Be a part of this effort and sign up by Labor Day to host an open house/plant tour for Manufacturing Day and tell your manufacturing contacts about this great opportunity too.


The following California manufacturers will be participating in Manufacturing Day.  Click on the company name for details on their facility tour:

Workshops for Warriors

Facility Tour / Presentation

10/5/2012
10:30am-3:00pm

San Diego, CA

Progressive Technology

Facility Tour / Presentation

10/5/2012
8:30am-10:30am

ROCKLIN, CA

Sandvik Coromant

Facility Tour / Presentation

10/5/2012
9:30am-3:00pm

Cypress, CA

Cerritos College - Technology Division

Facility Tour / Presentation

10/5/2012
11:00am-1:00pm

Norwalk, CA

Technical Employment Training

Facility Tour

10/5/2012
8:00am-2:00pm

San Bernardino, CA

Byington Steel Treating, Inc.

Facility Tour

10/5/2012
9:30am-11:30am

Santa Clara, CA

Transfer Flow Inc.

Facility Tour

10/5/2012
10:00am-3:00pm

Chico, CA

Harris & Bruno International

Facility Tour / Presentation

10/18/2012
8:30am-10:00am

Roseville, CA

Pacific Hospitality Design, Inc. Furniture Mfg.

Facility Tour / Presentation

10/5/2012
10:30am-3:00pm

Los Angeles , CA

T&K Machine

Facility Tour

10/5/2012
12:00pm-3:00pm

Livermore, CA

Topics: Manufacturing

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