Washington, D.C., -  The Manufacturing Institute, the social impact arm of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), and global food and beverage company PepsiCo are partnering around Manufacturing Day—the nation’s largest one-day celebration of manufacturing—to raise awareness about the modern dynamics and opportunities that a career in manufacturing present for the next generation of workforce talent. 


As one of North America’s largest manufacturers—operating more than 100 manufacturing facilities, over 600 warehouses and distribution centers and a fleet of nearly 59,000 vehicles across its three North America Divisions: Frito-Lay North America, North America Beverages and Quaker Foods North America—PepsiCo signed-on as a Gold-Level sponsor of Manufacturing Day.


“Manufacturers need the next generation to join the team. We thank our many generous sponsors, like PepsiCo, 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.”


“Within today’s dynamic marketplace, technological advances are rapid, social paradigms are shifting and consumer demands continue to evolve,” said Grace Puma, Executive Vice President, Global Operations at PepsiCo.  “We strive to ensure our manufacturing facilities and operations are keeping pace in order to maintain our competitive edge, but also to attract and inspire the next generation of talent to pursue a manufacturing career that is as dynamic as the marketplace we operate in.”  


“Our Manufacturing Day initiative provides so many great opportunities to show young people the endless possibilities of modern manufacturing, and thanks to PepsiCo’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 PepsiCo, 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 across the nation here.


– About PepsiCo –

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $63 billion in net revenue in 2017, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo's product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our fundamental belief that the success of our company is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world around us. We believe that continuously improving the products we sell, operating responsibly to protect our planet and empowering people around the world enable PepsiCo to run a successful global company that creates long-term value for society and our shareholders. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com.

– About The Manufacturing Institute – 

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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