“Manufacturing is more than just putting parts together. It’s coming up with ideas, testing principles and perfecting the engineering, as well as final assembly.” ~James Dyson We post this quote predictably each year as Manufacturing Day approaches. This year, Manufacturing Day will be observed on October 7th. What is Manufacturing Day? “Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.” Why is it important? Research reveals the theory behind Manufacturing Day works. For the first time, participants were polled about their experience. A new Deloitte perception survey developed in collaboration with The Manufacturing Institute was distributed to the more than 2,500 manufacturing hosts to gather data from attendees. The results are dramatic: 81 percent of student respondents are more convinced manufacturing provides careers that are both interesting and rewarding 71 percent of student respondents are more likely to tell friends, family, parents or colleagues about manufacturing 93 percent of educators are more convinced manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding 90 percent of educators indicated they are more likely to encourage students to pursue a career in manufacturing Who benefits? Although Manufacturing Day currently focuses on the United States, it serves as a model for other countries and offers opportunities for collaboration as an effort to achieve a broader reach. Where do you learn more? Manufacturing Facts Manufacturing Day resources and more Institute for Supply Management (Manufacturing Data) Global Economic Manufacturing Updates (NAM) World Trade Organization World Bank (Manufacturing Data) How It’s Made (Videos) United States Census Bureau Manufacturing Data How do you get involved? There are some excellent ideas, such as hosting an event or organizing an on-site tour, but some additional thoughts include: Host a lunch and share a few related fun facts. Make an announcement and post information throughout the organization networks. Sign a proclamation and invite local government representatives to join you and your team in recognition. If you’re a parent, provide the resources to your child’s school or even speak to your child’s class. Why get involved? According to the source, Manufacturing Day in the United States continues to achieve the objective of creating industry awareness among youth. How will you observe and increase awareness this Manufacturing Day? Share your stories with us!