This Friday, manufacturers, universities, associations, and other community and national organizations are making a concerted effort to not just educate the public on manufacturing’s role in America, but also to help them realize how it’s evolved into an innovative and highly skilled working environment. Offering factory tours, career workshops, and open houses, students as well as those already in the workforce will get a behind-the-scenes peek into why modern manufacturing is a viable career option.

According to Timmons, the celebration is geared toward raising awareness, and he’s calling for supporters around the country to do their part. He said, “[Manufacturing] day is an engaging way to attract young people and get them excited about pursuing a career in a technology-driven, innovative environment that will also provide a good-paying job. We encourage all manufacturers and manufacturing associations to get involved and share what we already know—manufacturing makes us strong.”

Last year’s celebration drew more than 7,000 people to 240 events across 37 states, and this year’s slated to be much larger. Manufacturing Day’s website shows more than 800 events already scheduled. As shown in the map below, with a little research you should be able to find one near you.

 

Ed Youdell, President and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, explained, “Manufacturing Day is a great opportunity to celebrate work and innovation of the 12 million men and women who make the United States the world’s largest manufacturing economy.” That’s nearly 1 in 30 Americans working in manufacturing. It’s likely that National Manufacturing Day will resonate with some degree of importance to you, a family member, or those in your community. Make sure to do your part and spread the word.