The first Friday in October has turned into an annual occasion during which U.S. manufacturers open their doors to demonstrate the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers.
National Manufacturing Day was created to correct public perception, which doesn’t do manufacturing justice. Manufacturing environments, which include highly trained, well-paid employees who work on state-of the-art equipment, are commonly thought of as antiquated factories designed for low-skilled workers. Manufacturing Day addresses this misperception by giving all manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, exactly what manufacturing really is today:
· It is technologically advanced, with ample use of automation, 3-D printing, robots, and screen technology.*
· The annual average salary of manufacturing workers is more than $77,000.*
· Manufacturers have the highest job tenure in the private sector.*
· 90 percent of manufacturing workers have medical benefits.*
This change in perception is the first step in addressing one of the main challenges faced by manufacturers today — a gap in skilled labor. By giving manufacturers an occasion to share what they do with their communities, Manufacturing Day provides manufacturers with an opportunity to connect directly with job seekers and students to begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face.
Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers who create and maintain a host of resources and tools, Manufacturing Day amplifies the voice of individual manufacturers and delivers a coordinated message about common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, Manufacturing Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.
In fact – the State of Ohio and Mayor John Cranley has proclaimed (proclamation found on http://www.ohiomanufacturingmonht.com) October 2014 Manufacturing Month and TechSolve is working with area manufacturers and partners to promote manufacturing throughout the region. Additionally, TechSolve, the Cincinnati Chamber, and Partners for a Competitive Workforce are partnering to facilitate two manufacturing programs in October – one in Warren County and one in Hamilton County that:
1. Educates manufacturers about best practices and resources available to assist them with changing the perception of manufacturing
2. Speaks to developing a qualified workforce
3. Discusses the Skills Certification System
4. Talks about economic development resources to assist with expansion and capacity building.
*Data sourced from http://www.mfgday.com
National Manufacturing Day and Ohio Manufacturing Month at a Glance
WHAT is Manufacturing Day?
An annual event that occurs on the first Friday of October, National Manufacturing Day is an occasion during which North American manufacturers open their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers.
WHEN does National Manufacturing Day happen?
This year, National Manufacturing Day falls on Friday, October 3, 2014. But – Ohio is celebrating the entire month of October.
WHERE do National Manufacturing Day events occur?
National Manufacturing Day events occur at various manufacturing facilities and educational institutions across Ohio and the nation.
HOW does one get more information about National Manufacturing Day and Ohio’s Manufacturing Month?
Visit: http://www.mfgday.com or http://www.ohiomanufacturingmonth.com