“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 Manufacturing Day is is approaching on October 3rd, and we’re encouraging all of our partners, clients and associates to open their doors and share the experience of manufacturing with our youth. To recognize manufacturing’s significance and spread the word, our Tampa office is working with Florida Advanced Technological Education Center and local elementary schools to communicate the message to a younger demographic. There are also useful ideas and additional information on the Manufacturing Day site. “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.” (Source) Just in the United States, we discovered that: Manufacturing supports an estimated 17.2 million jobs in the United States— about one in six private-sector jobs. Nearly 12 million Americans (or 9 percent of the workforce) are employed directly in manufacturing. Manufacturers in the United States perform two-thirds of all private-sector R&D in the nation, driving more innovation than any other sector. Manufacturing in the United States produces $1.8 trillion of value each year, or 12.2 percent of U.S. GDP. For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. (Source) A comprehensive report regarding Facts about Manufacturing offers further insight. For an international perspective regarding manufacturing’s significance, the UNIDO report provides additional insight. Interesting data exists that compares regions, sectors and estimated growth rates. The World Bank provides useful manufacturing data as a % of GDP for the global economy. Join us in observing and taking this opportunity to support the industry and its global significance!