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US manufacturing sector faces ‘workforce crisis’, says Manufacturing Institute

The US is facing a “workforce crisis”, according to the Manufacturing Institute.

The Institute, and the education and workforce partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, kicked off a month-long celebration of modern manufacturing last week on Manufacturing Day – October 4th.

Held annually on the first Friday in October, MFG Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers in an industry that is vital to our economy.

Thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation opened their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders to showcase all that manufacturing has to offer.

Jay Timmons, NAM president and CEO, says: “Our industry is growing and thriving, but we are facing a workforce crisis.

“Over the next decade, manufacturers will create 4.6 million jobs – jobs that are high-skill, high-tech and high-paying – but 2.4 million could go unfilled if we don’t close the skills gap.

“MFG Day shines a spotlight on these opportunities and allows us to connect with the next generation of creators who will lead this industry into the future.”

Timmons will join South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster and Samsung Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Affairs David Steel, along with local students, business leaders and community influencers at Samsung Electronics Home Appliance facility in Newberry, South Carolina.

Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee will travel to Greensboro, Georgia, to visit Novelis and tour its state-of-the-art aluminum recycling center.

Novelis Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and NAM board member Dev Ahuja will join Lee.

Lee says: “MFG Day aims to change the narrative around manufacturing. Many people have no sense of what modern manufacturing looks like in today’s economy.

“We want to connect with the future workforce – America’s students – and showcase the innovation and collaboration that drives manufacturing today.

“MFG Day is an opportunity for anyone looking to join us on this exciting journey to get a firsthand look inside some of the country’s great manufacturing companies.”

First held in 2012 and organized by its founder – the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International – MFG Day gives manufacturers the opportunity to address the skills gap, connect with future generations, update the public perception of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry as a whole.