Wed August 21, 2019

The Manufacturing Institute, the education and workforce partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, and Plastics Industry Association (PLASTICS) are joining forces to showcase the diverse career opportunities available in the manufacturing industry by engaging youth around the country, inspiring them and recruiting them to become the next generation of manufacturers through Manufacturing Day (MFG Day).

“The next frontier of manufacturing in the United States is upon us, and now, more than ever, we need the next generation of creators to join our workforce. We thank our generous sponsors, like PLASTICS, for working alongside us to showcase what modern manufacturing really looks like in their own eyes through a MFG Day experience,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, who also serves as board chairman of The Manufacturing Institute.

As a Gold-Level sponsor of MFG Day, PLASTICS is providing substantial support for the nation’s largest one-day celebration of manufacturing, where manufacturers across the country open their doors for students, parents and teachers, highlighting the diverse career opportunities in manufacturing.

“It’s important to engage our youth at an early age so they can witness the endless opportunities in modern manufacturing and technology,” said PLASTICS’ vice president of industry affairs, Equipment Council, Steve Petrakis. "Manufacturing Day is the perfect way for companies within our industry to connect with future generations and show them the innovation that takes place in these facilities.” 

“MFG Day has become the collective rallying cry of manufacturers preparing for the future by engaging with the workforce of tomorrow today,” said Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee. “Our industry faces a workforce crisis, with manufacturers needing to fill 4.6 million jobs over the next decade. That’s why the Manufacturing Institute, with sponsors like PLASTICS, works tirelessly to engage talented, creative, hard-working talent through initiatives like MFG Day.”

First held in 2012 and organized by its founder - the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International - MFG Day gives manufacturers the opportunity to address the skills gaps, connect with future generations, update the public perception of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry as a whole. Learn more about MFG Day and the significant impact this event has across the nation here.