Posted By Paul Tate, September 14, 2015 at 7:56 AM, in Category: Manufacturing Advocacy
Attracting fresh and motivated new employees into manufacturing is more important than ever, especially as the industry increasingly recognises it will need a host of new skills as it embarks on a fundamental transition towards the digitally-driven future of Manufacturing 4.0.
This year, America’s annual Manufacturing Day falls on October 2 and provides manufacturers large and small with a high-profile opportunity to showcase their achievements to potential future generations of employees, and to promote both the economic and social value that manufacturing brings to local communities.
From Hawaii to Puerto Rico, Detroit to the Mexican border, there are already more than 1,200 events planned by manufacturers, industry, state and city associations, and local colleges and schools to promote the innovative nature of modern manufacturing and highlight the personal rewards of manufacturing as a career.
The Tulane Maker Space in New Orleans is one example. October 2 will see the grand opening of a new 4,100 square-foot facility being renovated by Tulane University over the Fall to provide a nexus for creative designers and makers from across the college campus to work together.
Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton CO., meanwhile, is planning an invitation only event to showcase its manufacturing capabilities for spacecraft subassemblies, vehicle integration and testing facilities. And General Motors Orion Assembly Plant in Michigan, a 4.3 million square-foot plant which assembles the Chevrolet Sonic and Buick Verano, is hosting 15 local students to give them a hands-on look at the opportunities they can explore with automotive skilled trades.
Backed by a group of industry organizations and sponsors, including the Manufacturing Institute, the National Association of Manufacturers, NIST’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association International, Manufacturing Day aims to “empower manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive”.
So what are you doing for Manufacturing Day 2015?
If you’d like to host an open day at your company, or find out more about the Manufacturing Day events near you, visit www.mfgday.com.
Written by Paul Tate
Paul Tate is Research Director and Executive Editor with Frost & Sullivan's Manufacturing Leadership Council. He also directs the Manufacturing Leadership Council's Board of Governors, the Council's annual Critical Issues Agenda, and the Manufacturing Leadership Research Panel. Follow us on Twitter: @MfgExecutive