What Manufacturing Day Looked Like Across the Country

Oct. 11, 2022
Getting students into manufacturing facilities is crucial given the fact that by 2028 the industry will need to fill 4.6 million jobs.

It seems the excitement grows each year as manufacturing companies throw up the doors to their facilities and invite the potential future workforce inside on MFG Day.

Many companies have told me that having students tour their facilities and perhaps picture themselves working there goes a long way toward attracting them to the field. 

Building a talent pipeline is essential given that the Manufacturing Institute  (an arm of NAM and originator of the annual event) says the sector will need to fill 4.6 million jobs by 2028.

From this slideshow and other coverage throughout the month on Industry Week, it seems that companies are going all out to make their case to the next generation.

About the Author

Adrienne Selko | Senior Editor

Focus: Workforce, Talent 

Follow Me on Twitter: @ASelkoIW

Bio: Adrienne Selko has written about many topics over the 17 years she has been with the publication and currently focuses on workforce development strategies. Previously Adrienne was in corporate communications at a medical manufacturing company as well as a large regional bank. She is the author of Do I Have to Wear Garlic Around My Neck? which made the Cleveland Plain Dealer's best sellers list. She is also a senior editor at Material Handling & Logistics and EHS Today

Editorial mission statement: Manufacturing is the enviable position of creating products, processes and policies that solve the world’s problems. When the industry stepped up to manufacture what was necessary to combat the pandemic, it revealed its true nature. My goal is to showcase the sector’s ability to address a broad range of workforce issues including technology, training, diversity & inclusion, with a goal of enticing future generations to join this amazing sector.

Why I find manufacturing interesting: On my first day working for a company that made medical equipment such as MRIs, I toured the plant floor. On every wall was a photo of a person, mostly children. I asked my supervisor why this was the case and he said that the work we do at this company has saved these people’s lives. “We never forget how important our work is and everyone’s contribution to that.” From that moment on I was hooked on manufacturing.

I have talked with many people in this field who have transformed their own career development to assist others. For example, companies are hiring those with disabilities, those previously incarcerated and other talent pools that have been underutilized. I have talked with leaders who have brought out the best in their workforce, as well as employees doing their best work while doing good for the world. 

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