Manufacturing Day began in 2012 to draw attention to a major problem threatening the industry and the overall economy: the skilled labor shortage. Demand for manufacturing workers is on the rise. In the next decade, a growing economy will create 700,000 new manufacturing jobs, while an estimated 2.7 million additional jobs will come open as a result of retiring baby boomers. Manufacturers are looking to our youth to fill those vacancies, yet fewer and fewer students are choosing manufacturing as a career.
Manufacturing Day was created to reverse that trend, targeting the next generation of our manufacturing workforce by providing opportunities for students, parents, educators and the media to see firsthand today’s technologically advanced manufacturing facilities.