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Manufacturers Connect with Next Generation Workforce on MFG Day

MFG Day offers manufacturers an opportunity to connect with students, teachers and parents while dispelling inaccuracies about the industry.


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Kyle McCrocklin shows students an Index G220 turn-mill

Applications engineer Kyle McCrocklin showed students an Index G220 turn-mill at the company’s MFG Day event on October 4. The 150 attendees participated in speeches, tours and discussions with Index employees and interns.

With manufacturers needing to fill increasingly more jobs openings (4.6 million in the next decade, according to some estimates), it is becoming more and more important for them to reach out to the students who will be the next generation workforce, along with their parents and teachers. These positions are often high-skilled, high-tech and high-paying, but unfortunately misperceptions about the manufacturing industry are persistent. To dispel these inaccuracies, manufacturing companies can participate in MFG Day, an effort organized by The Manufacturing Institute, by hosting an event (such as an open house) that’s designed to connect future employees to potential employers. The event officially kicks off every year on the first Friday in October but is beginning to expand as more states declare October as Manufacturing Month and companies schedule events in the weeks that follow.

Index Corp. hosted its first-ever MFG Day event at its North American headquarters in Noblesville, Indiana on October 4. The company hosted more than 150 students from local schools for speeches, tours and discussions with employees and interns. Other local organizations also participated in the event, including engineering firm Flexware Innovation and local post-secondary institutions Purdue Polytechnic and Ivy Tech. The company also announced the donation of an ABC production turning center to Purdue Polytechnic Anderson at the event. 

Cincinnati, Ohio-based Allegion Americas also put on its second MFG Day event on October 4. The company, which provides security products and solutions, hosted 90 students and teachers who had the opportunity to interact with employees, tour the facility and see firsthand how its products are made.

To see more MFG Day events, check out the hashtag #MFGDay19 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. To learn more about MFG Day, and host an event of your own, visit MFG Day’s website.