Manufacturing Day℠ (MFG DAY) is a celebration of modern North American manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Officially, MFG DAY occurs annually on the first Friday of October – this year is October 2, 2015 – but any day can be a Manufacturing Day!
Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers – including IPC – MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by helping companies open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is and isn’t. By working together before, during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers can address the skilled labor shortage we face, connect with future generations, take charge of our industry’s public image, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.
Getting involved in Manufacturing Day is easy, and there are many planning resources online at http://www.mfgday.com/resources. Some ways to get involved are:
- Host an event, such as a community open house, plant tour, or education fair, at one of your facilities. Resources, like the Community Planning Guide and Educator Toolkit, are available to help you plan and execute a MFG DAY celebration in your community;
- Participate in another company’s event in your community (there are over 1,900 events planned across the US, Canada, and Mexico), listed here; and
- Engage in the social media conversation to share your exciting #MFGDay15 stories and photos! Utilize the Manufacturing Day Social Media Playbook to help you get connected online with MFG DAY. Be sure to follow IPC on social media for updates on the event and posts to share with your audience.
Manufacturing Day is just one of many ways to get involved and make an impact on important issues affecting your company and the manufacturing industry. If you are interested in getting further involved in IPC’s advocacy efforts, do not hesitate to reach out and contact Ken Schramko, IPC director of government relations, at KenSchramko@ipc.org.