VMEC is spreading the word that the eighth annual National Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) is scheduled for Friday, October 4, 2019 and in Vermont the entire month of October has become part of a growing national Manufacturing Day initiative. Manufacturers, educational institutions and others are encouraged to host events that highlight the importance of manufacturing to the Vermont and U.S. economies and also draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill and higher paying jobs that modern manufacturing provides.
Here are a few valuable links to get you started in this year’s planning:
Start Planning your MFG Day event – At a a time when companies of all sizes are facing a workforce shortage, Manufacturing Day is more important than ever.
Shortcuts for Past Event Hosts – If you’ve hosted an MFG Day event in the past, you’ve already helped make a significant impact on the public perception of manufacturing.
Why It’s Important to Register Your Event – Registering your event on MFGDay.com contributes to the larger MFG Day phenomenon in a major way. The more events we know about, the more people we can say we’ve affected — which inspires more interest in manufacturing.
Last year during MFG DAY 2018, over 2,700 manufacturers across the United States, Canada and Mexico opened their doors to tens of thousands of guests in a coordinated effort to help illustrate what manufacturing is and what it is not. This year’s celebrations will feature many open houses, public plant tours, career workshops and activities designed to increase public awareness of 21st Century manufacturing. If the designated day of October 4 does not work well for you and your team, you can shine a spotlight on the importance of manufacturing by hosting an event on another day this October, or perhaps celebrate more than once!
And we are very pleased to share with you that Governor Phil Scott has proclaimed October 2019 as MANUFACTURING MONTH in Vermont! See the proclamation in its entirety at this link.
Participation in MFG DAY 2019 helps address common misconceptions by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and showcase manufacturing. This emphasis on manufacturers can also help to address the job and career opportunities available in this critical economic sector. VMEC is encouraging Vermont manufacturers and all supportive entities to be creative in developing their ideas and plans in ways that will showcase local manufacturing companies and their many outstanding products and services, especially on Friday, October 4.
While MFG DAY is an opportunity for people of all ages and from all walks of life to learn something about manufacturing through first-hand personal experience, the real focus is about providing guidance to students that can help them when it comes time to make career decisions. As this introductory MFG DAY video says: “why would students choose manufacturing if they’ve never even been exposed to it?” We hope that all manufacturers will want to create these kinds of introductory experiences for students, teachers, counselors, parents, and others.
According to VMEC Director & CEO Bob Zider, “Manufacturing is critical to Vermont’s economy, with every $1 in manufactured goods generating an estimated $1.89 in additional economic activity, the highest of any other sector. It also provides very good paying jobs with benefits to over 30,000 Vermonters. In Vermont, manufacturing contributes about $2.8 billion annually to our state’s gross domestic product (GDP), with every manufacturing job supporting at least an additional 1.6 jobs and each advanced manufacturing job supporting as many as 4.9 other jobs. Right now there are many rewarding jobs and career opportunities available with great Vermont companies across our state. We can all help encourage and stimulate more manufacturing growth and future opportunities in Vermont by highlighting and celebrating MFG DAY and Month this October 2019.”
The nationwide MFG DAY effort is produced by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
To learn more or register your MFG DAY 2019 event, log on to MFGDAY.COM where many free resources and ideas are available to companies, organizations and educational institutions desiring to host special events. You may also contact Robynn Albert, VMEC Marketing and Training Manager, (802) 793-2078 or [email protected].
Please register all events at MFGDAY.COM so we may help you further promote your event. Thank you!