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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Manufacturing Day Machining Company Round-Up

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The ThomasNet IMB survey shows that events like Manufacturing Day are needed to help develop the next generation of manufacturers. Credit: ThomasNet.

Factories across the country will celebrate Manufacturing Day tomorrow by opening their doors to the public so that job-seekers and students can get a close look at the realities of 21st century American industry.

Manufacturing Day spotlights the industry and the career potential it represents to the next generation of workers.

The manufacturing workforce is aging (as shown in the adjacent image), based on data from IMT Machining Journal parent company ThomasNet.com’s Industrial Market Barometer (IMB). Although companies heavily rely on experienced workers, only 25 percent are under the age of 30, meaning retiring industrial employees are not being replaced at an adequate pace.

Many big-name machining companies are welcoming students, veterans, and other job-seekers into their factories. Take a look at some of these events — one of them might be near you!

  • South Dakota extended the Manufacturing Day theme to an entire week. Companies such as Empire Products, Vishey Dale Electronics, and TruXedo have already given tours. Applied Engineering and Xpedition Archery are opening their doors tomorrow.
  • Major additive manufacturing (AM) firm 3D Systems will host tours at its facilities in Rock Hill, S.C., Morrisville, N.C., and Andover, Mass.
  • Kennametal’s Latrobe, Pa., facility will host Manufacturing Day activities in tandem with its Young Engineers Program, which works with secondary and post-secondary students who are interested in engineering and manufacturing.
  • Mazak will welcome 200 Kentucky students to tour its new Florence headquarters, where they will learn about the company’s technology center and Mazak plant.
  • The Rodon Group, which manufactures K’NEX building toys, will host multiple tours from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its Hatfield, Pa., plant.
  • Local school groups in the Chester, Ohio, area will be able to tour Rockwell Automation to find out about its robotics solutions and research labs.
  • Thuro Metal Products in Brentwood, N.Y., will host local students as well as IMT Machining Journal. Tune in again for a video of our visit and conversation with owner David Thuro.

–Brian Lane

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