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more than 300 power transmission/motion control distribution and manufacturing companies, representing over $20 billion in product sales.

Manufacturing Day

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Although Manufacturing Day officially occurs each year on the first Friday in October - Friday, October 2, 2020 - any day can be Manufacturing Day.

There will be a need to fill 4.6 million manufacturing jobs in the U.S. by 2028. That's why the National Association of Manufacturers, together with The Manufacturing Institute, is launching the Creators Wanted campaign in conjunction with this year's event.

By 2025, Creators Wanted aims to reduce the skills gap in the United States by 600,000, as well as increase the number of students enrolling in technical and vocational schools or reskilling programs by 25% and increase the positive perception of the industry among parents from 27% to 50%, all of which is an unprecedented national effort to build the modern manufacturing workforce of tomorrow.

Manufacturing Day is meant to introduce the public to manufacturing as a career opportunity. By opening up your facility to your neighbors and school students, you get them interested in your company. They can see close-up what a manufacturing or distribution facility looks like. This can change their perception of the industry and in particular your company. Impress your neighbors and they will remember your company when someone they know is looking for a job. You couldn’t get a better referral! 

Read the successes from our members ABB and Flexco who have participated in Manufacturing Day.

ABB has participated in Manufacturing Day for the past five years. In 2018, 30 locations from all four divisions of the company participated. Each location planned their own event based on their local community. One location held multiple tours and encouraged parental involvement since they play a role in a child’s career choice. Another location hosted over 500 students in grades five through twelve from eight schools. The students saw equipment demonstrations and, of course robots, which were the biggest hit for all. “If you get the students behind the walls of manufacturing, they will see the huge variety of career options available to them,” said Tracy Long, VP Communications for the motors and mechanical business. 

Flexco celebrated Manufacturing Day in 2018 by inviting local high school students to its facility. Students were given a tour with demonstrations and were treated to lunch where Flexco used the opportunity to talk about their internship program. “The demonstration of our innovative collaborative robotic equipment for machine tending and material handling was a big hit with the students,” says Juli Kieronski, HR Generalist.

PT WORK Force® endorses Manufacturing Day because distribution is intimately linked with manufacturing and is an important element of the supply chain.

A wealth of information can be found on the official Manufacturing Day website. You can learn how to participate and get resources to help you in holding an in-person or virtual Manufacturing Day event.