Published on : Thursday, September 7, 2017
These AWFS member companies are opening their doors to students, teachers, and the general public to help showcase manufacturing and to introduce people to industry sectors and career opportunities.
How to participate
Now is the time for one and his/her company to get involved in MFG Day, one can host an “open house”; offer tours of his/her facility; deliver a presentation about his/her company or industry segment; invite their vendors to “exhibit”, or any combination of these activities. One can list his/her event for FREE on MFGDay.com and when one register to host an event, they gain access to numerous event planning resources such as a host toolkit, plant tour guide, social media playbook and more.
Record number of events in 2016 make an Impact on event Attendees
In 2016, over 2,800 MFG Day events took place nationwide, representing all sectors of the manufacturing industry from food preparation to aerospace to machining, cabinetmaking, and furniture manufacturing. Nearly 600,000 participants attended events nationwide, including over 267,000 students. According to the MFG Day website, 64% of event attendees are now “more motivated to pursue careers in manufacturing” as a result of their exposure at MFG Day events.
Case study: AWFS and Commercial Woodworking Company Host 2016 event
In 2016, AWFS co-hosted an event at Architectural Woodworking Company (AWC) a high-end commercial millwork shop in Los Angeles. Saúl Martín, AWC’s VP of Manufacturing, organized the event, which included guided tours of the 60,000 square foot facility, a Power Point presentation about careers in wood products manufacturing, and a mini “expo” with several of AWC’s vendors and AWFS member companies, including Kemp Hardware, Hafele, Colonial Saw, Salice, Royal Plywood, OneSource Distributors, Sherwin Williams, among others.
Over 150 area local students, teachers, and school administrators attended the event and networked with the vendors and other industry professionals. “This was a tangible, visible way that we could showcase our company and our role in manufacturing”, said Martín, “we were excited to connect directly with students and teachers to show them that viable opportunities exist in architectural woodworking and wood products manufacturing.” Martin added further.