What is National Manufacturing Day?
Created in 2012 by the Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, National Manufacturing Day has garnered nearly 600,000 participants within the manufacturing industry, including more than 267,000 students. As a proud industry contributor since 1948, Central Metal Fabricators welcomed the annual event on Friday, October 5, 2018.
Technological Advancements: What Today’s Industry Really Looks Like
Supported and produced by organizations such as the Manufacturing Institute (MI), National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), National Manufacturing Day helps in-field experts illustrate modern business realities to local communities. NMD dispels any stigmas and misconceptions about today’s trade. Plant, warehouse, and lab tours give the general public a look at what goes on behind facility walls—a much different shop floor from what is commonly perceived. The manufacturing industry exclaims that “this isn’t your grandfather’s factory anymore!” Modern technology on the shop floor shows how drastic advancements in the industrial sector have actually come over the past several decades.
Not only do raw material production, engineering, and construction contribute to a global and national circular economy, but they also serve as generous career paths for any persons interested in pursuing STEM and STEM Education careers.
Survey results from previous National Manufacturing Day advents show that increased awareness is helping to improve the public’s perception of manufacturing. Nearly 90% of both teachers and students who participated said they felt more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities, and 64% of students claim they were inspired to pursue a manufacturing career.
In a press release, Manufacturing Institute’s Executive Director, Jennifer McNelly stated,
“Manufacturing Day is all about showing the community that this industry provides sustainable, well-paid jobs, with limitless opportunities for advancement. The overwhelmingly positive results of this survey tell us that the American public is seeing the possibilities in manufacturing careers.”
Positive Impact on the Industry at Large
Since 2017, manufacturing has been on the rise and is continuing to see increases in capital equipment expenditures and hiring. Astonishingly, more than 320,000 new manufacturing jobs in a 12-month period between 2017 and 2018 have been created.
The state of the manufacturing industry is expected to continue to see a positive return. The MAPI Foundation predicts a full output recovery from the great recession of 2008-2009 by April of 2019.
Big National Manufacturing Day Endeavors
At Central Metal Fabricators, we support National Manufacturing Day roots including:
- Bridging the U.S. Generational Skills Gap
- STEM Learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
- Reshoring (bringing jobs back to U.S. soil)
With seven decades of experience in American manufacturing, Central Metal Fabricators stands strong in supporting the efforts of National Manufacturing Day that ushers in a renewed strength and vitality to our critical industry. As a leading producer of gas turbine silencing equipment, we applaud National Manufacturing Day and its efforts to drive continued awareness. Notable and persistent efforts like those behind the National Manufacturing Day are crucial to improving our industry’s brand image – an indispensable and “survival of the fittest” business tactic.
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