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MFG Day 2017 is Friday, October 6

Published Thursday, October 5, 2017

On Friday, October 6, the third annual Manufacturing Day 2017 in South Bend will provide more than 600 area high school students with the opportunity to visit local manufacturers, explore education and career opportunities in our community, and see how their classroom learning today is building a foundation for their future success.

“The mission of MFG DAY is ‘to empower manufacturers to improve the public perception of manufacturing careers and the sector’s value in the economic health of the U.S. by connecting them to business improvement, community resources, and next generation talent,’” says South Bend Regional Chamber President & CEO Jeff Rea. “We are excited by the growing collaboration between business and education in our region and believe there’s a powerful impact on students when they can SEE the career opportunities. Connecting what they’re learning in the classroom to their future can positively influence their education and personal choices and provide inspiration as they envision their future.”

On MFG Day, manufacturers across the country will open their doors to the community to show what really goes on in today’s manufacturing sector and dispel myths that may exist among people who are not involved in manufacturing. In the South Bend Region, students and educators from seven St. Joseph County high schools will learn about real career opportunities, training, and resources. The day will also support educators as they work to introduce their students to career possibilities.

MFG Day is an opportunity to:
• Learn the truth about manufacturing and manufacturing careers
• Inspire a new generation of manufacturers
• Learn what is being made in our community
• Encourage entrepreneurship and inspire creativity

One of the main challenges facing manufacturers today is a growing gap in skilled labor:
• 84% of executives surveyed agree there is a talent shortage in U.S. manufacturing
• Six out of ten open skilled production positions are unfilled due to this talent shortage

Students need to know:
• Manufacturing is technologically advanced, with ample use of automation, 3-D printing, robots
   and screen technology.
• In the South Bend region, the annual average salary of manufacturing workers starts at $33-40,000, with the ability to grow into positions that could average $75,000+
• Manufacturers have the highest tenure in the private sector.
• 90% of manufacturing workers have medical benefits.
• There are many career opportunities within manufacturing – including human resources, accounting, purchasing, logistics, and more!

To address this issue, more young people must be inspired to pursue manufacturing careers. Having students participate in MFG Day events is a wonderful opportunity to start this conversation and begin ensuring the future of manufacturing in the U.S.

Manufacturing Day 2017 is being organized locally through a partnership that includes the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce, National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) Michiana Chapter, Ivy Tech Community College, Purdue Polytechnic South Bend, South Bend Community School Corporation High Schools and Career & Technical Education, Career Academy, Mishawaka High School, Penn High School and the following manufacturers and supporting organizations who will host tours or be on site at Ivy Tech to share their story with students:
Allied Specialty Precision, Inc.
B&B Molders
Bamar Plastics, Inc.
Daman Products
Honeywell
Imagineering
Inovateus Solar
Ivy Tech
The Lebermuth Company
Lippert Components
Mack Tool & Engineering
Manufacturing Technology, Inc. (MTI)
Mossberg & Company Inc.
North American Signs
Purdue Polytechnic South Bend
RACO
Rieth-Riley
Schafer Industries, Inc.
South Bend Electrical JATC Apprenticeship Hall
South Bend Modern Molding
Steel Warehouse
Steel Warehouse Profiling
Techniplas

In addition, the following organizations have provided support as sponsors of Manufacturing Day 2017:
Centier Bank
Conexus
Ivy Tech Community College
National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) Michiana Chapter
North American Signs
Purdue Polytechnic South Bend
Techniplas
Tuesley Hall Konopa, LLP

MFG Day is a national effort, supported by a variety of organizations, to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the U.S. economy. It is a way to encourage local manufacturers to connect with students, parents, and educators to explore how they can be involved in the growing number of manufacturing-related careers across the country. More information is available at mfgday.com.

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