Inaugural ManufactureNJ Week Connects Manufacturers with Schools and Talent

The first-ever New Jersey Manufacturing Week to be held October 22 through 26, 2012, includes a variety of scheduled activities throughout the state for manufacturers, students, educators, policy makers and the media. Co-sponsored by New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. (NJMEP), a not-for-profit organization, and ManufactureNJ, the Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network (MNJ) of the N.J.

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ManufactureNJ Week is an opportunity to shine the light on our state’s manufacturers and on manufacturing careers.

Newark, NJ (PRWEB) September 26, 2012

The first-ever New Jersey Manufacturing Week to be held October 22 through 26, 2012, includes a variety of scheduled activities throughout the state for manufacturers, students, educators, policy makers and the media. Co-sponsored by New Jersey Manufacturing Extension Program, Inc. (NJMEP), a not-for-profit organization, and ManufactureNJ, the Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network (MNJ) of the N.J.

This inaugural event will focus state-wide attention on manufacturing in New Jersey as a core industry sector, a source of jobs and economic prosperity for the state. In particular the goals of the event are to:

  •     Build awareness about advanced manufacturing in the state
  •     Help companies and students learn about regional assets including    education/training opportunities, career paths, and jobs
  •     Help communities to connect more directly with their economic drivers in this sector.

New Jersey’s supply chain is largely comprised of small- and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs), and in particular is fueled by the strength of the range of 17,000 state-wide manufacturers. These manufacturing companies urgently need entry-level workers, production workers, and fast learners. They also need seasoned engineers and a wealth of other workers in quality, health/safety, sales, procurement, and management.

Meredith Aronson, Director of the Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network explains, “ManufactureNJ Week is an opportunity to shine the light on our state’s manufacturers and on manufacturing careers. Our intention is to make New Jersey’s manufacturers accessible, to demonstrate the international reach and technical sophistication of today’s manufacturing and to connect workers and students seeking careers with this exciting, opportunity-filled sector.”

With the exception of one invitation-only roundtable, all activities are open to the public with prior registration.

Kickoff Event: Oct 22 10am – 12 pm
At NJIT Campus Center, Newark, NJ

  •     Opening ceremony
  •     Fresh Faces panel, featuring young manufacturers, their successes and vision
  •     MakerHUB, a student-professional mixer event
  •     Invitation-only Roundtable, focusing New Jersey’s manufacturing strategy

Regional Days Oct 23-26
Oct 23 Northeast (e.g., Bergen/Essex/Passaic/Hudson)
Oct 24 Central (e.g., Middlesex)
Oct 25 Northwest (e.g., Morris/Union/Sussex)
Oct 26 South (e.g., Camden/Burlington)

How to participate
To sign up for the kick-off event or any of the four regional site tours, please visit http://www.manufacturenj.org/events. NJ manufacturers or educators nterested in participating, can contact: Dr. Meredith Aronson, Director, Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network 973.596.3065 and 800.624.9850; email: aronson (at) njit (dot) edu

About the co-sponsors
ManufactureNJ, the Advanced Manufacturing Talent Network works to stabilize and develop a skilled manufacturing workforce, to ensure that New Jersey manufacturers can compete effectively and succeed today and into the future.


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