MEP National Network to Celebrate MFG Day 2020 as Official Sponsor

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The day, organized by The Manufacturing Institute, recognizes the importance of modern manufacturing and inspires the next generation of talent nationwide

Across the country, manufacturers are saying, ‘Creators Wanted.’ We have hundreds of thousands of jobs to fill—and will have millions more over the coming decades. MFG Day will open minds to what’s possible with a modern manufacturing career.

The MEP National Network™ announced today its commitment as an official sponsor for MFG Day 2020. Launched annually on the first Friday of October, MFG Day is a flagship initiative of the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, The Manufacturing Institute. MFG Day shows the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to host events for students, parents, teachers and community leaders.

As an official sponsor, the MEP National Network supports the nation’s largest assembling of virtual events, open houses, career fairs and other events to highlight the work of modern manufacturers and energize a future pipeline of skilled workers. Because of the unique challenges that this year poses, MFG Day 2020 will be like no other—with more virtual events allowing for even more connection, reach and participation across the industry and country.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reaffirmed for all of us the importance of modern manufacturing in our lives—from making masks, gloves and hospital equipment to researching vaccines and treatments, from producing our food supply to developing the electronics that make remote learning and work possible. In the coming months and years, it will be modern manufacturing that leads our recovery and renewal. This year’s MFG Day is a uniquely powerful opportunity to bring awareness to the high-paying, rewarding and meaningful career opportunities in our industry,” said Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee. “Across the country, manufacturers are saying, ‘Creators Wanted.’ We have hundreds of thousands of jobs to fill—and will have millions more over the coming decades. MFG Day will open minds to what’s possible with a modern manufacturing career.”

The MEP National Network participates in MFG Day each year, helping hundreds of small and medium-sized manufacturers across the country plan, orchestrate and promote their MFG Day events.

“Manufacturing Day is a nationwide celebration of modern manufacturing that inspires the next generation of manufacturers. Thousands of manufacturers across the country will host facility tours and demonstrations, either virtually or in-person, building relationships in their communities while showcasing advanced technologies and innovations,” shared Carrie Hines, Executive Director of Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence. “Participants, including young people, learn about exciting and well-paying career opportunities that today’s manufacturers offer. MFG Day energizes everyone involved and enables manufacturers to face workforce challenges in a positive and proactive way.”

Since its founding in 2012, MFG Day has been the keystone manufacturing education and awareness day that gives manufacturers the unique opportunity to address the skills gap, connect with future generations of talent, reframe the public perception of what modern manufacturing is and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry as a whole.

About the MEP National Network
The MEP National Network is a unique public-private partnership that delivers comprehensive, proven solutions to U.S. manufacturers, fueling growth and advancing U.S. manufacturing.

Focused on helping small and medium-sized manufacturers generate business results and thrive in today’s technology-driven economy, the MEP National Network comprises the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), the 51 MEP Centers located in all 50 states and Puerto Rico, and over 1,400 trusted advisors and experts at approximately 375 MEP service locations, providing any U.S. manufacturer with access to resources they need to succeed.

According to clients surveyed in FY 2019, the MEP National Network helped manufacturers achieve $15.7 billion in sales, $1.5 billion in cost savings, $4.5 billion in new client investments, and helped to create and retain 114,650 U.S. manufacturing jobs.

About Manufacturing Institute
The Manufacturing Institute grows and supports the manufacturing industry’s skilled workers for the advancement of modern manufacturing. The MI’s diverse initiatives support all American workers and emerging workers, including women, veterans and students, through skills training programs, community building and career growth. As the workforce and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, the MI is a trusted adviser to manufacturers, equipping them with resources necessary to solve the industry’s toughest challenges. For more information, please visit http://www.themanufacturinginstitute.org.

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