Manufacturing Labor Shortage Is One of the Top Concerns of Employers In the Industry

Manufacturing Day Brings Together Thousands of Manufactures to Showcase Modern Manufacturing Technology and Careers
Ed Youdell, President & CEO, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International

(Rockford, IL, Tuesday, October 4, 2016) - Manufacturing has had a skilled labor shortage for a number of years and it is one of the top concerns of employers in the industry. That’s why the industry has established Manufacturing Day an annual national event that brings together thousands of manufacturers to host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. It is always celebrated the first Friday in October, and this year takes place on Friday, October 7.

2016 marks the 5th anniversary of Manufacturing Day in North America. As the celebration has grown from 240 events in 37 states its first year to 2,600 events last year in all 50 states and 5 Canadian provinces, many states have declared October as Manufacturing Month and events are held throughout the month.  More than 3,000 events are estimated in 2016 with half a million attendees participating in live and virtual events.

Several manufacturers are planning events to mark Manufacturing Day; more than 3,000 events will take place throughout the United States.

  • Government statistics show U.S. manufacturing represents 11% of GDP and 9% of employment, at about 12 million workers, but their definitions of what constitutes manufacturing is very narrow, only measuring at the plant level. However, if you look at the total manufacturing value chain it represents 32% of GDP and 33% of employment, or about 42 million workers.
  • Manufacturing suffers from outdated images of the industry as being either “something we don’t do anymore in the U.S.” or as a dark, dirty, dangerous place to work. Therefore, it is not seen as a career path of choice by young people.
  • Making it possible for people in local communities – from elementary school children through grandparents to see what modern manufacturing plants are really like is the primary way to change the public misperceptions of the industry.  MFG DAY provides that opportunity and will help to inspire young people to train for manufacturing careers.
  • A panel of co-producers comprised of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and guest producer Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM) provides the centralized support necessary to coordinate this nationwide array of simultaneous events. The Science Channel is the event’s media partner and Edge Factor is the event’s strategic content partner.
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