Created in 2012, Manufacturing Day is an annual event that kicks off the first Friday of every October by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) to celebrate the more than 1,600 manufacturing firms that proudly stand behind goods and services made in America. National Manufacturing Day also takes the opportunity to showcase the new and innovative products and technologies being developed and used in the manufacturing sector to help grow our economy. The advanced technology being used in the industry serves to create jobs and revitalize American manufacturing among and within our communities.
As the nation’s largest manufacturing base, California is holding 173 events in celebration of manufacturers throughout October. California manufacturers, as well as schools specializing in industrial training, are opening up their doors to demonstrate the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers. According to the California Manufacturers & Technology Association (CMTA), Manufacturing Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and lawmakers understand the industry’s importance. In fact, CMTA President Dorothy Rothrock is quoted as saying: “It is always CMTA’s proudest day. It’s a perfect opportunity to show our lawmakers that our state’s economy is built on a manufacturing community that is innovative, efficient, exciting, and a national leader. Every policy coming out of our state government should look to grow the state’s manufacturing base or at least do it no harm. With the cleanest manufacturing industry in the world, retaining and attracting manufacturing jobs in California should be a high priority.”
Some of the events that have taken place so far around the Golden State include a Manufacturing Expo at San Diego City College, hosted in partnership with the Center for Applied Competitive Technologies, Southwestern College, San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center, and the California Board of Equalization. This event gave students an opportunity to tour San Diego City College’s manufacturing training facilities, meet with industry leaders, and learn about career opportunities in manufacturing. San Diego manufacturers were invited to the resource fair portion of the event where they heard from agencies about tax credits, procurement technical assistance, workforce training, and other programs that can help them succeed in San Diego.
The Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) in Irvine held an event featuring four companies that demonstrated how to deploy and sustain lean, efficient and enterprise excellence at their sites.
At the College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, a panel discussion was held with representatives from a number of leading manufacturing and advanced technology companies in a range of industries (aerospace, biomedical devices, auto parts, etc.). Topics included jobs in today’s manufacturing world, skills required, career paths, and earnings potential. At Cerritos College, attendees that included high school students, educators and professionals had an opportunity to visit the Automotive, Plastics/Composites, Machine Tool Technology, Welding, Woodworking Manufacturing Technologies, Engineering Design, and New Product Development departments at the school.
In 2015, over more than 2,600 events took place throughout the country with more than 400,000 people attending. Deloitte, in collaboration with The Manufacturing Institute, surveyed attendees at the events last year to learn about their experience. Some of the results are as follows:
- 81% of student respondents are more convinced manufacturing provides careers that are both interesting and rewarding
- 71% of student respondents are more likely to tell friends, family, parents or colleagues about manufacturing
- 93% of educators are more convinced manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding
- 90% of educators indicated they are more likely to encourage students to pursue a career in manufacturing
We’re confident that this year’s attendees will have the same experience as they see first-hand how traditional manufacturing is the backbone of America’s greatness and is increasingly being taken to new heights with exciting, creative innovation.
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