Over 200 Companies Participate in inaugural Manufacturing Day.
Press Release Summary:
October 9, 2012 - More than 200 manufacturing companies participated in first annual Manufacturing Day, which was intended to highlight importance of manufacturing to U.S. economy and showcase jobs available in manufacturing fields. Across USA, manufacturers opened their doors to public to host open houses, public tours, career workshops, and other events. According to NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, "By opening up shopfloors around the country, we were able to show what manufacturing is all about."
Original Press Release
More Than 200 Companies Participate in First Annual Manufacturing Day
Press release date: October 5, 2012
Washington, D.C. – Today more than 200 manufacturing companies participated in the first annual Manufacturing Day, a national event to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy and showcase the rewarding, highly skilled jobs available in manufacturing fields. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Manufacturing Institute, along with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International and the U.S. Commerce Department's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, are co-producers of the event.
Manufacturers across the nation opened their doors to the public to host open houses, public tours, career workshops and other events. A recent study shows that 600,000 manufacturing jobs are unfilled in the United States due to a gap in the job requirements and the skills within the workforce. Manufacturing Day draws attention to the opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide and promotes the pursuit of skills that will lead to a long-term career that offers security and growth for qualified candidates.
“Manufacturing is at the forefront of the national conversation, and Manufacturing Day showcases how important the sector is for economic growth and job creation,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “By opening up shopfloors around the country, we were able to show what manufacturing is all about—a high-skilled, technology-driven industry that offers secure, good-paying jobs.”
“Access to talented individuals with a high-quality education and advanced skills is critical to manufacturers’ capacity for innovation and business success,” added Jennifer McNelly, president of the Manufacturing Institute. “Today’s talent does not view manufacturing as a top career option. This perception issue, coupled with the skills gap, has contributed to a depleted supply of qualified talent for today’s manufacturing workplaces. Manufacturing Day is an important step in helping to change manufacturing’s image and engaging future talent by giving them firsthand experience with the real world of manufacturing.”
To learn more about Manufacturing Day, go to www.mfgday.com or call (888) 394-4362. Special highlights of Manufacturing Day are available here.
The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org .