Macomb County to host one of largest Manufacturing Day efforts in country
By Steve Cassin, Director, Macomb County Planning & Economic Development
For the third year in a row, Macomb County will coordinate a countywide celebration of national Manufacturing Day. On Oct. 2, an estimated 1,500 students from high schools throughout the county will visit local companies to see manufacturing in action and meet the people who make things.
MFG Day is an awareness campaign created by leading national industry organizations. Its purpose is to place a spotlight on the importance of manufacturing to our economy while exposing the future generation of our workforce to the interesting and well-paying jobs it offers. In 2014, nearly 1,700 companies nationwide hosted some type of open house.
Macomb County hosted one of the nation’s largest coordinated efforts last year with more than 1,200 students. This year will be bigger than ever.
Bolstered by a small grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Macomb County is assisting officials in Oakland and Wayne County to organize a similar experience for students. In all, nearly 2,300 students from throughout the region will learn more about jobs in the industry and the educational pathways that lead to rewarding careers.
Additional event expenses such as bus transportation and t-shirts are being covered by top sponsors Fisher Dynamics, Fori Automation, Futuramic Tool & Engineering, KUKA Systems North America, PTI Engineered Plastics and Proper Group International. Other sponsors include Attica Hydraulic Exchange, Brose Jefferson, JB Cutting, General Motors – Warren Transmission, MAG Automotive, Paslin and RCO Engineering.
As a follow-up to the event, Macomb Community College will host a Manufacturing Career Expo on the evening of Dec. 3 as part of their annual RET Days at the Sports & Expo Center in Warren.
The Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development is grateful to the following client companies for agreeing to host students on October 2:
Atlas Tool, Inc
Attica Hydraulic Exchange
Brose Jefferson Inc
Colonial Plastics, Inc
Futuramic Tool & Engineering
General Motors - Warren Transmission Operations
JB Cutting, Inc.
KUKA Systems North America LLC
MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions
MAG Automotive LLC
Proper Group International
PTI Engineered Plastics
Sequoia Tool and Manufacturing
Triumph Gear Systems
True Industries Inc.
Wolverine Harley Davidson
Axalta Coatings Systems
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