Washington, D.C., -  The Manufacturing Institute, the social impact arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Novelis and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers are joining forces to educate the next generation on 21st-century, modern manufacturing opportunities and inspire and recruit them to become the next generation of manufacturers. As a State-Presenting sponsor of Manufacturing Day, Novelis is providing substantial support for the nation’s largest one-day celebration of manufacturing, which focuses on showing young people, parents and educators the opportunities a career in manufacturing offers.


“Manufacturers need the next generation to join the team. We thank our many generous sponsors like Novelis, as well as our state partners, like the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, who are working together to show young people the future they can create in modern manufacturing,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, who also serves as board chairman of The Manufacturing Institute. “Our industry is facing a workforce crisis—with far more jobs open than we have people to fill them. It’s a challenge all manufacturers are tackling—but it also presents promising opportunities for those looking for a meaningful, rewarding career.”


“At Novelis, our purpose is shaping a sustainable world together. Participating in Manufacturing Day offers us a unique opportunity to demonstrate our purpose in action,” said Ramon Romero, Berea Plant Manager. “As an employer in Berea for nearly 30 years, hiring, developing and retaining great employees is our highest priority. We hope this event will expose the next generation of manufacturers to the safe, innovative and rewarding career possibilities in aluminum recycling and manufacturing.” 


“The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers has served the Commonwealth of Kentucky for 107 years. Our industry and members have faced many challenges in that time, but perhaps none greater than the shortage of qualified workers we face today. We are proud and fortunate to work with our partners at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute and Novelis to promote the exciting careers within our industry, which is responsible for 20% of the state’s GDP,” said Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, Executive Director, Lee Lingo. 


“Our Manufacturing Day initiative provides so many great opportunities to show young people the endless possibilities of modern manufacturing, and thanks to Novelis’ leadership, I’m confident we’ll be able to inspire even more to picture themselves in an exciting, new manufacturing career. That has never been more important,” said Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee. “Manufacturing faces an industry workforce crisis with nearly half a million jobs going unfilled today and millions more projected to go unfilled in the years to come. That’s why The Manufacturing Institute, in concert with good sponsors like Novelis and good partners like the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, works so hard every day to promote modern manufacturing and jumpstart new approaches to growing manufacturing talent—especially through important programs like this one.”


First held in 2012 and organized by its founder—the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International—Manufacturing Day gives manufacturers the opportunity to address the skills gaps they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry as a whole. Learn more about Manufacturing Day and the significant impact this event has in Kentucky and across the nation here: www.mfgday.com/kentucky



About KAM


Established in 1911, KAM is Kentucky’s most effective advocate for manufacturers. KAM's mission is to create and protect a manufacturing-friendly environment in Kentucky. In addition to advocating, KAM educates, connects and provides cost-saving programs and products to members. For more information, visit www.KAM.us.com

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The Manufacturing Institute is the social impact arm of the National Association of Manufacturers. We drive programs and research to promote modern manufacturing and jumpstart new approaches to growing manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org.

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