FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 4, 2016
WILLIAMSON, INC. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PRESENTS MADE IN WILLIAMSON: MANUFACTURING DAY 2016
Manufacturers Open Their Doors Friday, Oct. 14 to Educate Public About Modern-Day Career Opportunities
Williamson, Inc. Economic Development, Columbia State Community College, Williamson County Schools and several Williamson County manufacturers, including APCOM, Flash Technology, Horn USA, and Resource Label Group, are joining forces on Friday, Oct. 14 to celebrate Manufacturing Day as part of a national coordinated effort to change the public’s perception about today’s manufacturing industry and bringing awareness to students about the opportunities a career in manufacturing can provide.
Williamson, Inc. Economic Development is coordinating all-day facility tours at the four participating manufacturing facilities. Students will also have the opportunity to visit Columbia State Community College’s Northfield Training Center in Spring Hill to get an overview of their Advanced Integrated Industrial Technology (AiiT) program.
Due to the positive feedback from students, teachers and participating companies last year, Manufacturing Day has now drawn participation from five area schools: Fairview Middle, Fairview High, Independence High, Summit High and Paige High. More than 120 students are registered to participate in the facility tours, where students will observe demos and simulations, operate state-of-the-art robotics equipment and receive giveaways.
Tours begin at 9:30 a.m. with student groups rotating each hour until 2 p.m. Students, parents, educators, public officials and the general public are invited to attend and connect on social media with the official hashtag #MFGDAY16.
“It was exciting last year for the entire business to be able to show local students the opportunities for future employment right here in Williamson County,” said Michael Murphy, materials and compliance manager at Flash Technology. “This event has also plugged us into the community and helped us to further network with local business and education leaders.”
Manufacturing Day is an annual event that occurs on the first Friday in October during which North American manufacturers open their doors to showcase how they impact their communities. Due to a scheduling conflict with Williamson County Schools’ fall break, this year Williamson County is celebrating on Friday, Oct. 14.
Over the next decade, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will likely need to be filled; however, 2 million of those jobs will go unfilled due to the complexity in finding skilled workers. Eighty percent of U.S. manufacturers suffer from the talent shortage, and their ability to address this issue has been hindered by the public perception that careers in manufacturing—the nation’s ninth largest economy—are undesirable.
Williamson County manufacturers have answered the call to help educate students on advanced manufacturing and dispel the myth that manufacturing is dirty, labor-intensive and monotonous.
“For Horn USA, Manufacturing Day gives us an opportunity to dispel the stereotypes of manufacturing jobs as the dirty, dangerous, low-paid jobs of the 20th Century,” said Horn USA’s Operations Manager David Fabry. “We are allowed the chance to demonstrate to students, parents, and educators that manufacturing is a safe, high-technology, and potentially high-paid career option. The employment outlook in manufacturing is bright as CNC Machinists are in high demand, and there is a projected growth in the demand for skilled machinists through 2020.
Additionally, educational programs are being created to train students to fill this skills gap. Columbia State Community College launched a Mechatronics program at Fairview High School last year, where students can take dual enrollment classes to get hands-on robotics experience and receive an Advanced Integrated Industrial Technology (AiiT) certification or associates degree upon graduation.
About Williamson, Inc. Economic Development
Williamson, Inc. Economic Development is the single point of contact for the coordination and facilitation of the continued economic development of Williamson County and its six municipalities. Under the umbrella of Williamson, Inc., the county’s chamber of commerce, the department aims to grow Williamson County’s economy and improve the quality of life of residents by partnering with the public and private sectors to implement a six-point, multi-year strategic plan to encourage job and wealth creation. Visit us on the web at www.williamsonchamber.com/economic-development.
Contact: Charlane Oliver, Director of Communication