Manufacturing Day is October 4, 2013, and there's still time for you to get involved!
Manufacturing Day is a nationwide effort in which manufacturers open their doors and show what manufacturing is -- and what it isn’t. The purpose is to address the skilled labor shortage by dispelling some common misperceptions about manufacturing: that is, to show that modern manufacturing jobs are more rewarding and more important than many people realize.
At the time I'm writing this, there are 335 events planned across the nation for Manufacturing Day 2013. You can find events near you at http://www.mfgday.com/events. A dozen events will be held in North Carolina over a period of several weeks:
- October 3rd: Thorlo in Rockwell
- Caterpillar in East Clayton
- Caterpillar in Sanford
- Falcon Metal (and the Employers Association) in Charlotte
- Kellex Seating in Valdese
- Mertek Solutions in Sanford
- Parata Systems in Durham
- Power Curbers, Inc., in Salisbury
- Resource Mfg in Charlotte
- Thorlo in Statesville
- October 8th: ShopBot Tools
- October 22nd: Nash Community College in Rocky Mount
In addition, the Industrial Extension Service and the "Manufacturing Makes It Real" Network plan to host a Manufacturing Day event here on Centennial Campus on October 4th.
If your company wants to host a Manufacturing Day event, sign up on this page.
Finally, you don't have to wait until October to celebrate manufacturing: The next "Manufacturing Makes It Real" Network event is scheduled for September 10, 2013, at Precor in Whitsett. Hope to see you there!
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Dr. Terri Helmlinger Ratcliff is the Vice Provost for Outreach and Engagement at North Carolina State University and Executive Director of NC State's Industrial Extension Service. Dr. Ratcliff took over the Industrial Extension Service following a 20-year career with Carolina Power and Light Company, where she rose to the position of Director of the Commercial/Industrial Market Development Department. She is a Fellow of the National Society of Professional Engineers, was the Society's first female president and in 2011 was presented with the NSPE Award, the highest award the society confers.