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Why Manufacturers Can’t Find Employees and How Manufacturing Day Helps For Recruitment

Posted by Steven Brand

Manufacturing Day®, an initiative designed to inspire the next generation of manufacturers, arrives October 4, 2019. The annual MFG Day (which can be held anytime during the month) involves thousands of manufacturers across the country holding events, tours, activities, and more. Last year, in California alone, more than 250 sites registered as event hosts and more than 330 manufacturers and support organizations participated in or sponsored events throughout the month of October. 

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Topics: Manufacturing Day, MFG DAY, recruiting

Manufacturing Day Arrives October 4: How to Host or Participate in an Event

Posted by Steven Brand

Manufacturers across the country are preparing for Manufacturing Day® 2019, or MFG Day. Arriving October 4 this year, MFG Day is designed to inspire and recruit the next generation of manufacturers. The annual event began in 2012, and was created to dispel the notion that all manufacturing jobs are “dark, dirty, and dangerous,” and to show students, businesspeople, politicians, and the media that manufacturing offers some of the most exciting and innovative work environments around.

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Topics: Manufacturing Day, networking, MFG DAY, recruiting

The Impact of Manufacturing Day—and How to Get Involved

Posted by Steven Brand

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 Unfortunately, this outdated perception of manufacturing persists to this day, and it can keep away new talent.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.

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Topics: Manufacturing Day, apprenticeship programs, Manufacturers in Training, Employee Training, networking, manufacturing careers, MFG DAY

Manufacturing Day 2017: Educating the Next Generation of Workers

Posted by Marjorie Dunn

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.

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Topics: Manufacturing Day, MFGDAY2017

Get Involved in Manufacturing Day and Help Change Common Misperceptions

Posted by Marjorie Dunn

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.  

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Topics: Manufacturing Day

California Manufacturing at its Finest

Posted by Gregg Profozich

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.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Manufacturing Day

National Manufacturing Day: A Celebration for CA and the USA!

Posted by Carrie Pittman

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!

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Topics: Manufacturing, Food Manufacturing, Change Management, Manufacturing Day