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(LANSING) — Multiple manufacturers across the region opened their doors on October 7, 2016 to celebrate National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day). These events are part of a nationwide effort to change public perception about today’s advanced manufacturing industry and draw attention to the outstanding career opportunities available in this sector, highlighting modern manufacturing technology and work environments.
Twenty manufacturers are participating: Alro Steel (Potterville), Cameron Tool Corporation, Capital Steel & Wire, Chassix, Dakkota Integrated Systems, Demmer Corporation, Emergent BioSolutions, Eckhart, Enprotech, Franchino Mold and Engineering, GSE Machining and Fabrication, IMPCO, KIRCHHOFF Van Rob, L & W Engineering, MAHLE Engine Components USA, Niowave, Peckham, RSDC, Spartan Motors and Triton Industries. In addition, Impression 5 Science Center will open their doors to 350 elementary school students.
“This is a great opportunity for local manufacturers to showcase their facilities and to highlight career options that pay extremely well compared to other industries,” said Michelle Cordano, CAMC executive director. “The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56 years old, and between now and 2020, there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced.”
“Manufacturing Day helps us educate and inspire future generations of manufacturing workers about the good-paying and exciting career opportunities available here in Metro Lansing,” said Mayor Virg Bernero. “Manufacturing jobs are more advanced than ever, and the manufacturing sector contributed $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy last year. Manufacturing is back and growing stronger every year!”