Dark, dirty, dangerous. Unfortunately, this outdated perception of manufacturing persists to this day, and it can keep away new talent. By 2025, nearly 25 percent of the United States population is expected to be aged 60 or older, meaning many manufacturing workers will be leaving the factory floor. This makes attracting the next generation of workers critical to ensuring the industry remains vibrant. With this thought in mind, the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute developed National Manufacturing Day.Read More
This year’s Manufacturing Day is designed to celebrate and inspire future manufacturers by opening doors and minds. In the past, stereotyping manufacturing as a "dirty job" has made manufacturing careers unattractive to young and future workers. The indifference of young workers has created a skills gap that is predicted by Deloitte to leave about 2 million skilled manufacturing jobs unfilled by 2025 if nothing is done now.Read More
When you think about Manufacturing Day, you may be thinking to yourself, “I don’t have the time to host an event. What I manufacture isn’t that interesting. Is it really that big of a deal?” Well, actually, it is a big deal. Manufacturing Day is a national celebration, which occurs every year on the first Friday in October (this year it's October 6, 2017).
It was started as a way to help change common misperceptions about manufacturing; to get the word out about manufacturing and how 21st Century manufacturing is not manufacturing as your parents or grandparents knew it. Not to imply that manufacturing wasn’t important during those years. It was huge.Read More
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As Director of Next Generation Strategy Programs at CMTC, I just read an insightful blog from the newest Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) Director, Carroll Thomas. Her post re-instilled the dedication I have for our industry and reminded me of the great work that CMTC has accomplished, is working on and intends to continue in the future.Read More
National Manufacturing Day was established in 2012 to expand the knowledge about and improve the public’s view of manufacturing careers and the industry’s value to the U.S. economy. The celebration looks to raise awareness about manufacturing’s impact and change the perception of manufacturing careers for future generations. Friday, October 3rd will make the third annual celebration – so save the date!