American manufacturing dates back to the early 1800s. The country was built on it. Yet in spite of this rich history, the majority of Americans have no idea what manufacturing is or how it plays a role in their everyday life. The inaccessibility of the industry makes it difficult to close this knowledge gap. Fortunately, manufacturers are aware of the issue and are working hard to make a positive change.
The Solution – MFG Day!
Manufacturing Day was created to address misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers the opportunity to open their doors to the general population. Manufacturing companies, through lectures and demonstrations, can educate the public about their industry in an organized and safe environment. Click here to find an event near you!
On this special day, manufacturers can shed light on their growing shortage of skilled labor. The day also offers them an opportunity to connect with future generations of workers. As areas of the country change from manufacturing-based economies to knowledge-based economies, it is important that manufacturing companies are able to recruit new employees and educate graduates about the benefits of a career in the manufacturing industry.
While many might be quick to dismiss manufacturing as a blue collar industry, they probably don’t know that 90% of manufacturing workers have medical benefits, the average salary of a manufacturing employee is $77,000, and manufacturers have the highest job tenure in the private sector. Manufacturing Day is supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-sponsors and was designed to allow manufacturers to draw attention to their common concerns and challenges.
Why the Interest?
American manufacturing accounts for a large portion of the American economy. Changes in the industry have direct effects on the economy and national security. In 2013, manufacturing contributed $2.08 trillion to the US economy. Millions of Americans depend on the industry for their livelihood. More than 12 million Americans (9% of the US workforce) are employed in manufacturing.
There are plenty of ways to stay involved during the month of October. A wide number of events are taking place throughout the country, and a full list can be seen on mfgday.com/events.
Here’s one example of how a manufacturing company is becoming more engaged with the public: Metal Craft, a leading partner in custom precision manufacturing, works with a variety of schools such as Dunwoody College of Technology, St. Cloud Technical College, and Alexandria Technical College. The company attends career fairs and provides engineers as instructors at the schools.
Manufacturing Day is the rallying point for a growing mass movement. Manufacturers and schools are coming together as a united front to ensure = continued prosperity and to help =communities and future generations thrive.