October 3 Manufacturing Day in PA

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The Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association sincerely thanks Representative Eli Evankovich, Chairman of the House Manufacturing Caucus, for introducing and fostering the passage of House Resolution 1034, designating October 3, 2014, as "Manufacturing Day" (MFG DAY) in Pennsylvania. This day is a nation-wide awareness effort led by the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute, and other national manufacturing industry advocates.

We hope that you will engage in one of the 65 registered MFG DAY events throughout Pennsylvania. Encourage your local school districts and policy makers to become involved as well. To view a comprehensive list of these events, please click here.

MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

Manufacturing is the lifeblood of the economic well-being in our commonwealth; generating over $70 billion annually in state gross product, employing 570,000 hardworking Pennsylvanians on the plant floor, and supporting supply, distribution, and retail networks that sustain millions of additional jobs.

However, there are upwards of 8,000 jobs that remain unfilled on our plant floors. Increasing awareness of our commonwealth’s young people as to the opportunities that exist in this sector remains a challenge. Despite the fact that manufacturing jobs have above-average wages and benefits, averaging annual income over $65,000 – 44 percent higher than non-manufacturing sectors – stigmas that manufacturing is dirty, dangerous, and unfulfilling often remain uncontested. We must change this and becoming involved in MFG DAY is a critical first-step.

To read the full text of the resolution, please click here.

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