Manufacturing Day / Month

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Friday, October 1, 2021 and all month long!! 

Governor Phil Scott proclaims October 2021 as Manufacturing Month in Vermont

The entire month of October has become part of a growing national Manufacturing Day/ Month initiative. Vermont Governor Phil Scott has proclaimed October 2021 as Manufacturing Month in Vermont; read the full proclamation here.

Connecting the “Manufacturing-Curious” to Careers in Manufacturing

Take a Manufacturing Moment this Manufacturing Month and go – virtually – to the places where creativity meets challenges of all sizes. Imagine “stepping into” a workplace “science fair” poster and within 10 minutes, see and hear how a business challenge is wrestled to the ground. Meet the innovators, problem solvers and creators. Be part of the conversation with VMEC-hosted informal meet-ups about manufacturing with students, educators and other “Manufacturing-curious” folks.

Monday, October 18 – 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Via Zoom – Momentum Manufacturing Group, St. Johnsbury – Momentum brings both simplicity and efficiency to metal manufacturing challenges. From prototype review to early stage design engineering to complete assembly of a finished product, join us to learn about the value of this NEK employer and their powder coating line. To view the recorded event, visit this link.

Tuesday, October 19 – 10:00 – 11:00 am – Via Zoom – GlobalFoundries, Essex Junction – Meet GlobalFoundries engineers and problem solvers and go with them to the places where creativity meets needs. At this exciting event, you will see GF engineers and technicians working to solve a problem together. You’ll meet a GF equipment engineer at the Manufacturing Solutions Robot Repair Shop, see a robotic wafer handling system, and a failing component instrument called a “Center Finder Board.”  The event recording will be posted upon GlobalFoundries final approval.

Wednesday, October 27 – 11:00 – 11:30 am – Via Zoom – Vermont Manufacturing Collaborative (VT-MC) at the Advanced Manufacturing Center, Vermont Tech, Randolph Center – Join a Vermont Technical College (VTC) student and VT-MC Executive Director to learn about educational and manufacturing opportunities at this new, state-of-the-art facility.  Providing accessibility and use of technology for part design/3D scanning, additive manufacturing (3D printing with polymers and metal), 5 axis CNC machining, and advanced metrology (SEM, CT Scanning, etc.). To view the recorded event, visit this link.

Across the Fence / VT Department of Labor programs

Friday, October 1 – 12:15 – 12:30 pm – View “The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center: Helping Businesses Grow and Improve” and see VMEC’s own Carla Wuthrich talk about our impact and importance in the state’s manufacturing sector. Check out the Archived YouTube link here.

Thursday, October 14 – 11:00 am – 12 Noon – Watch VMEC’s Lisa Henderson as she speaks with Cindy Robillard, VT DOL Business Services Manager and TAA/Rapid Response Coordinator, during  a VT DOL Virtual Job Fair.  Check out this 21 minute link as she shares her knowledge of “Manufacturing Careers in Vermont”.

Friday, October 22 – 12:15 – 12:30 pm – View “The Vermont Manufacturing Extension Center: Advanced Manufacturing” and see VMEC’s own Chris Coulter talk about the 4th industrial revolution and how it involves advanced manufacturing and digital technologies connecting parts of manufacturing to form a system.  Check out the Archived YouTube link here.

Plan, Host, Find – All you need to know about MFG Day/ Month

VMEC is spreading the word that the tenth annual National Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) is scheduled for Friday, October 1, 2021 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.

Planning your MFG Day event Check out the dozens of ways you and your teams can host an event by visiting the  Resources links.  Also, be sure to listen to prior best practices shared by MFG Day hosts.

Host An Event Registering your event 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.  MFG Day makes a big impact in shifting the misconception of modern manufacturing.  Tell your story by opening your doors – physically or virtually – and hosting an event with students, parents, educators, media, community leaders and elected officials.  Registered events are reviewed for completeness and are generally made public within 24 hours after registrations are submitted.

Participation in MFG Day 2021 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.  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.

Find An Event Check out what’s going on in the Green Mtn. State; be sure to type Vermont, USA into the search field and plan to attend one or more events!

MFG Day is an initiative of The Manufacturing Institute, with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association as a founding partner.  To learn more or register your MFG Day 2021 event, log on to CreatorsWanted.org  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].