MFG Day

FAQ – What is MFG Day?

FAQs for PMG

PMG provides labor solutions to American manufacturers. That’s what we do in a nutshell and we take the “solution” part of that equation seriously. As a result, all of us here end up asking a lot of questions to make sure we find the right way to solve the real problem. During that process, we end up getting asked a fair amount of questions ourselves. This blog is our effort to provide answers to the questions PMG employees get asked the most.

What is MFG Day?

This is a question we’re very happy to answer! National Manufacturing Day is observed on the first Friday of October and is intended to celebrate those who proudly stand behind our goods and services in America. It was first recognized as an official day in New Jersey by Governor Chris Christie in 2012. President Barack Obama gave it national recognition with a Presidential Proclamation in 2014.

Later, the National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute launched MFG Day to further those intentions. MFG Day is a national initiative to encourage thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders to help show the reality of modern manufacturing careers.

MFG Day 2020 is on October 2 this year and you can learn more about it in this video from NAM.

What does it benefit?

Manufacturing Day is a direct result of the Skills Gap and about promoting trades and services to the next generation. The idea is to show people how exciting the innovation and opportunity is in the industry. Ideally, this will allow manufacturers to encourage more young people to pursue STEM education, lead them to employment in the trades, and close the Skills Gap forever.

How can I participate in MFG Day?

In one word, support. If you’re a parent, talk to your child about manufacturing and encourage them to explore a MFG Day event. There are thousands occurring throughout the month of October and more will be virtual this year than ever before. It can be as simple as watching one of the videos that we created for MFG Day last year on our YouTube page.

If you’re an educator, encourage your students to attend career fairs or reach out to local employers for tours and presentations.

Lastly, if you’re a manufacturer, open up your doors. If you have a good thing going, share it with the community and let them see it!

Additional Resources

Learn more about MFG Day and the movement to close the Skills Gap at www.creatorswanted.org. Also, check out our webinar about myths and misperceptions of manufacturing for additional related information.

 

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Josh Erickson, ReTool & Technical Solutions Coordinator