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Manufacturing Day 2015 - A Voice for Manufacturing

By: Kennith Scott, Training SpecialistKennith Scott

On Thursday, October 2, 2014, President Barack Obama signed an official proclamation making the following Friday, October 3, National Manufacturing Day. This proclamation was the result of a successful national campaign to achieve greater than 1600-hosted manufacturing tours for the 2014 event. From a national perspective, the 2014 Manufacturing Day event was a recorder breaker; from a regional perspective the Manufacturing Day event was a ground breaker that included 200 students, eight manufacturers, and a group of passionate volunteers.

What is Manufacturing Day?

Manufacturing Day is an annual national event that occurs on the first Friday in October when manufacturers open their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers. Here is the Manufacturing Day mission directly taken from the website, which captures the intent of the event:

“MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.”

Manufacturing has far outgrown its image over the past three to four decades. While the industry continues to strive for cleaner, safer, and more efficient manufacturing processes, its image has been left in past practices which can conjure thoughts of dirty and laborious tasks. Manufacturing is a driver for economic stability by providing a consistent source of wealth creation and yet public discussions seldom recognize this contribution. Manufacturing Day provides a platform to connect the community to the manufacturing world of today and hopes to reshape the public’s image of what manufacturing is.

The local 2015 Manufacturing Day event will be on Friday, October 2, and our Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center team has already begun the planning process for this year’s event. We have set a couple target conditions:

  1. A manufacturing tour is hosted in every industrial park within Grand Traverse County.
  2. Over 600 students from grades 8 through 12 will attend a manufacturing tour over the course of the day.

In order to achieve these target conditions, we will be actively working with manufacturers, educational institutions, and community-based organizations to iron out the details of this year’s event. We will be asking the manufacturing community for volunteers to host a manufacturing tour and contribute to the planning process. We will be reaching out to educational institutions to help recruit students and plan transportation logistics. We are asking for volunteers from the community to help with planning and act as chaperones.

Please contact me if you are a manufacturer, educator, or community member interested in contributing to this year’s event.

Kennith Scott
Training Specialist
Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
Office: (231) 995-2212

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