Posted by: Tom Ross | October 1, 2013

Braking Pad

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Manufacturing Day is almost upon us. This year it’s this Friday, October 4.

Manufacturing-Day-Logo-2013 What is Manufacturing Day? It’s the day manufacturers open their doors to the public for tours and career workshops in a coordinated effort to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy.  They seek to dispel outdated myths about the declining need for manufacturing and to share how their companies make an impact on how Americans live and work. “Manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.”

In other words, it’s like your field trip in first grade to the potato chip factory, only expanded. Everything from Alcoa to Z-Azis, from beer to brake pads, from optics to bio-technology.

MFDgroup2012 MFGDay at McGregor Metalworking Company in Dayton, Ohio

Manufacturing Day began only last year when more than 240 manufacturing facilities opened their doors in 37 states. This year there are 760 events in all 48 of the contiguous states. Some manufacturers–like Mori Seiki in Davis, CA–are taking it a step farther by opening for a few days later in the year.

There are virtual tours as well—from Adept to Timbuk2.

Manufacturing Day is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM), and the Manufacturing Institute (MI). The national media partner for the event is the Science Channel.

“Manufacturing Day is a great opportunity to shift Americans’ perception that it is not our grandfather’s manufacturing anymore and to showcase the tremendous career opportunities manufacturing has to offer,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “This day is an engaging way to attract young people and get them excited about pursuing a career in a technology-driven, innovative environment that will also provide a good-paying job. We encourage all manufacturers and manufacturing associations to get involved and share what we already know—manufacturing makes us strong.”

The MFG website offers resources and toolkits for manufacturers and visitors as well as faculty and students.

To locate the participating manufacturers nearest you, search by zip code, state, or company. From north to south examples include Agilent Technologies in Santa Rosa and Rough Draft Brewing Company in San Diego.

The last day for the Heisenberg Lab tour, however, was Sunday. (Not recommended anyway.)


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