As mentioned in our September newsletter, October fifth is Manufacturing Day! Manufacturing Day was created by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the U.S. Commerce Department’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) and its branches in many states, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and the Manufacturing Institute, to shed light on the big impact manufacturing has on the U.S. economy. Regional and national manufacturing associations and many associated businesses are involved in this effort.
This is a great opportunity to change public perceptions and bring attention to the fact that there are great jobs available in manufacturing fields. In fact, the Manufacturing Day official website presented findings stating that 77% of Americans fear the loss of domestic manufacturing jobs to other nations, yet only 17% of people view manufacturing as a top career choice even though manufacturers are responsible for almost two-thirds of all private sector R&D. Manufacturing is important in local communities as well as the country as a whole. This day can be celebrated by everyone and anyone. There are many Manufacturing Day events across the country where visitors will become more familiar with manufacturing career opportunities.
What is your take on manufacturing in the U.S.?