Washington, D.C., -  The Manufacturing Institute, the social impact arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Michigan Talent Investment Agency (TIA) and the Michigan Manufacturers Association 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, the TIA 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 the TIA, as well as our state partners, like the Michigan Manufacturers Association, 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.”


“With nearly 110,000 manufacturing career openings through 2024, exposing students to opportunities in this high-demand, high-wage field is extremely important for Michigan’s continued economic success,” said Workforce Development Agency Director Stephanie Beckhorn. “TIA supports Manufacturing Day events that are held all across the state in partnership with Michigan employers, educators and Michigan Works! Agencies to encourage individuals to pursue highly-skilled professions in manufacturing. These events play an important role in helping students learn about the vast opportunities available in the manufacturing sector.”


“The search for talent remains Michigan manufacturers’ top priority as other states and other countries look to erode our competitive advantage while at the same time manufacturing continues to fight against the myth that these careers are dangerous and out-of-date,” said Chuck Hadden, president & CEO of the Michigan Manufacturers Association. “MFG Day provides Michigan employers of all sizes the opportunity to attract new eyes to new technology and spark conversations about all career options available to the next generation. Michigan proudly led the nation in MFG Day events last year and I’m excited to see what our state has to offer on October 5.”


“Our Manufacturing Day initiative provides so many great opportunities to show young people the endless possibilities of modern manufacturing, and thanks to the TIA’s 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 the TIA and good partners like the Michigan Manufacturers Association, 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 in Michigan here, and read about the significant impact these events have across the nation here.



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