VMEC is spreading the word that the ninth annual National Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) is scheduled for Friday, October 2, 2020 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, the emphasis on virtual events:
Register Your 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. Last year, 325,000 people participated in over 3,000 registered MFG DAY events across the U.S. This year, you can tell your story by opening your doors – physically or virtually – and hosting an event with students, parents, educators, media, community leaders and elected officials.
Participation in MFG DAY 2020 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 2. 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. 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 $1.82 in additional economic activity, the highest of any other economic sector. It also provides very good paying jobs with benefits to over 30,000 Vermonters with every manufacturing job supporting at least an additional 4 jobs elsewhere. 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 2020.”
The nationwide MFG DAY effort is produced by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Manufacturing Institute.
To learn more or register your MFG DAY 2020 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].