Monday, September 30th, 2013

Manufacturing Day 2013 Looks Great For This Friday, 700+ Events … and Counting

MFGDAY logoManufacturing Day 2013, which will happen this Friday (October 4, 2013), is shaping up as an outstanding event. Make that events, plural, because as of this morning there are 741 manufacturing events scheduled for that day by a wide variety of manufacturing companies and schools, each of them set up to show off their part of what people in the manufacturing sector do.

And if you are a manufacturer who thinks it’s too late to open the doors and show off what you do, how you do it, and your work environment, think again: At the end of last week there were 719 events scheduled, 22 more manufacturing organizations jumped in over the weekend.

Jumping in is easy. The MFG DAY folks have all the information and advice you need, neatly laid out on their website. Are 741 events enough?That’s more than the 240 events held during last year’s first Manufacturing Day, but is it enough?

No, it is not, but it’s a strong effort and it will have an impact. That’s why numerous industry companies and associations, including SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association, are supporting MFG DAY 2013. We need to make others aware of what we do, how we do it, and how valuable it is. They need to know how important manufacturing is to the U.S. economy and, by extension, to every American.

We regularly hear how manufacturers are currently challenged by a shortage of skilled workers for jobs they are trying to fill, even in this time of high unemployment. This is partly because most people, and particularly the younger ones, either have no idea of how manufacturing is done, or worse, that it’s as dirty, dangerous, and sinister as it’s often shown in movies and television.

Manufacturing Day is a great chance for manufacturers to help correct that — and it’s not too late. Click over to and jump in.


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