Metcam Opens Doors for Manufacturing Day: October 4, 2014

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Factory Tours Highlights Lean Manufacturing Principles, Raises Awareness of Skilled Career Options and Importance of Manufacturing to U.S. Economy

To highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy and draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs available in manufacturing fields, Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, has joined a group of public and private organizations in the launch of the third annual Manufacturing Day on October 3, 2014.

“By participating in this year’s event, Metcam hopes to attract the interest of young people and technology-minded professionals from across North Georgia and get them excited about pursuing good-paying opportunities in an innovative environment,” said Bruce Hagenau, President of Metcam.

Manufacturing Day has been designed to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing’s value to the U.S. economy. In 2013, more than 834 events were held in schools and manufacturing facilities and more than 35,000 people participated.

Open House and Facility Tour

Metcam is hosting an open house on October 4 from 1:30 to 4:00 pm at its manufacturing facility located at 305 Tidwell Circle in Alpharetta, Georgia. The open house will allow visitors a behind the scenes look at Lean Manufacturing principles that are employed in manufacturing to eliminate waste from processes and provide increased productivity and sustainable growth.

“Guests will be introduced to a variety of Lean Manufacturing techniques and learn how Metcam has created a culture of employee involvement and continuous improvement which has resulted in significant waste reduction in our manufacturing and assembly processes,” said Hagenau. “We will demonstrate how Kaizen events conducted over the past year have resulted in changes that have improved our ability to meet our goal of delivering quality products on time to our customers.”

The tour will conclude with a visit to the production control center where refreshments will be served and guests can learn more about careers in manufacturing.

Tours are scheduled to begin every 15 minutes throughout the afternoon. Guests will be provided with safety glasses and hearing protection devices. Covered shoes (no sandals or high heels) are required. Educators and students are welcome but students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parents or teachers; student groups of more than five persons must register in advance.

About Manufacturing Day
Manufacturing Day is an annual national event, executed at the local level that supports hundreds of manufacturers across the nation that host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and 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) provide the centralized support necessary to coordinate this nationwide array of simultaneous events. The national media partner for the event is the Science Channel and the national movie partner is American Made Movie.

"Today’s manufacturing is about advanced technologies, state of the art facilities, and fast paced work environments," said Jennifer McNelly, president of The Manufacturing Institute. “Manufacturing Day expands knowledge and improves public perception about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing really is."

About the Manufacturing Industry

Studies by the nonprofit Manufacturing Institute and others show that almost 80 percent of Americans believe manufacturing is important to our economic prosperity, standard of living and national security. Yet only 30 percent would encourage their children to go into manufacturing as a career.

With the gap growing each year between the skills students learn in school and those they will need on the job, it is increasingly difficult for manufacturers to find and hire qualified employees. By participating in Manufacturing Day, companies like Metcam in Alpharetta, Georgia, hope to show that manufacturing is a solid, long-term career choice for qualified candidates-including the young people who will form the workforce of tomorrow.

To register your firm, school or organization to attend Manufacturing Day at Metcam, please visit http://www.metcam.com/mfgday or contact Sue Max at sue(at)metcam(dot)com or 770.817.2614.

About Metcam
Metcam is a fabricator of precision sheet metal components and assemblies for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) representing a wide variety of industries including telecommunications, electronics and HVAC. Metcam’s advanced metalworking capabilities include laser cutting, punching, forming, hardware insertion, welding (including robotics), powder painting, silkscreen and parts assembly. Metcam also assists clients with product design and manufacturability to reduce their total cost of production. Metcam’s award-winning service, combined with an aggressive focus on quality, environmental management and lean manufacturing, simplifies the outsourcing decision for firms worldwide.

For more information, visit http://www.metcam.com.
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