As we have stated in several manufacturing posts, manufacturing is an industry that pulls at a lot of the heart strings of Americans. It defined a generation, was the identity of Americans, and continues to have politicians take up the “Manufacturing” cause time and time again (especially as we near election times). However, as we said in our popular post “The Manufacturing Renaissance: This Ain’t Your Grandpappy’s Manufacturing Industry” and in several other posts like “Why Are There Fewer US Manufacturing Jobs Today? 4 Driving Forces to Understand” we are seeing an industry that is in great transformation. This is quite evident in our post “5 Sweeping Technologies Rapidly Changing Paradigms & Execution of Manufacturing Processes” we we talk about such technologies as 3D printing, also known as Additive Manufacturing, and the Internet of Things. Finally, manufacturing is looking to make an American comeback of sorts through Reshoring, although some argue it’s not yet really hit it’s tipping point and the results are lackluster at best.
It seems, however, no matter your emotional (and often physical) attachment to the manufacturing industry as an American, there is much ado about the industry as a whole. From the importance of attracting millenials to those who feel jobs need to increase in manufacturing in order for our economy to survive. At the end of the day, no matter how you feel about manufacturing, it’s front and center once again. The President sure made that clear with the Advanced Manufacturing Hubs, but we also love that organizations such as the Alliance for American Manufacturing wants to keep the President accountable on his 1 Million Jobs pledge.
In fact, manufacturing has risen to such a top of mind industry yet again in America that this October the industry is expecting that Manufacturing Day 2015 will have the most participation and buzz yet. This year Manufacturing Day will occur on October 2. This will be the fourth year we as an industry Celebrate Manufacturing Day.
In just three years, National Manufacturing Day has achieved more than 1,600 manufacturing plant tours and events with an estimated 100,000+ attending. On October 2nd, 2014, President Barack Obama issued a presidential proclamation declaring October 3, 2014 National Manufacturing Day. The President stated the following in his proclamation: “On National Manufacturing Day, more than 1,600 American manufacturers will open their doors and take up the important work of inspiring our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering.
Manufacturing Day 2015 is an opportunity for manufacturers to highlight their work and their workers and to energize a future pipeline of skilled workers. An annual event that occurs on the first Friday of October, MFG DAY is an occasion during which manufacturers open their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers. All across the country, organizations showed the public what manufacturing really looks like through more than 1,660 open houses and events in each of the 50 states and Puerto Rico with an estimated 50,000 students, parents, and community members attending. Manufacturing Day also resulted in thousands of articles, TV segments and interviews; participation from public officials; and proclamations across the country – including the first ever proclamation from the President of the United States.
Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.
The fine folks over at the NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), an organization Founded in 1901 and now part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, in partnership with the MEP (Manufacturing Extension Partnership) have created an Infographic to promote and celebrate Manufacturing Day 2015 and to show those who are not as familiar as our readers or us are about the manufacturing industry what manufacturing really looks like.
This infographic tells the story of manufacturing. It shows how manufacturing enables our everyday lives, drives our economy, offers many different rewarding careers, and what can happen when communities across the country come together to show the public what manufacturing is…
Check out the infographic to see what manufacturing really looks like below. Let us know in the comments what you think about today’s manufacturing industry. How are you helping manufacturing get more exposure and thrive?
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