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Memphis Celebrates National Manufacturing Day 2015

National Manufacturing Day 2015

Eleven regional manufacturing companies opened their doors on Friday, October 2nd, to host over 500 students from Shelby County Schools and Fayette Academy to celebrate National Manufacturing Day 2015 (MFG Day 2015). The effort was coordinated by the Greater Memphis Chamber and its partners - The Workforce Investment Network (WIN), Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workforce (GMACW), Shelby County Schools, Fayette County and Durham School Services - with the goal to promote advanced manufacturing careers in the area and the educational opportunities to qualify for these jobs.

“National Manufacturing Day is a way for manufacturers in our region to convey their passion for what they do, and explain how young people can embrace the profession and prepare for good-paying jobs with post-secondary training that often lasts just a year or two and doesn’t leave them with decades of college loan debt,” said Phil Trenary, President & CEO, Greater Memphis Chamber.

Over the next decade, it is estimated that nearly 3.5 million U.S. manufacturing jobs will be needed and 2 million of those jobs are expected to go unfilled due to manufacturer’s inability to find talent with the required skills, according to the co-producers of MFG Day 2015: National Association of Manufacturers, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

MFG Day 2015 highlighted the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy and showcased the rewarding, highly skilled jobs available in the manufacturing industry. In the next few years, Memphis manufacturing companies plan to have 4,000 job openings waiting to be filled by qualified workers. College graduates who choose careers in manufacturing earn on average $77,060 per year, but a college degree is not required to be successful in this field. Technical and training programs are available to receive certificates in precision manufacturing or logistics within a year out of high school.

Check out this graphic highlighting the numerous careers available in manufacturing:

The schools who participated this year include:
  • Booker T. Washington High School
  • Douglass High School
  • East High School
  • Melrose High School
  • Whitehaven High School
  • Sheffield Career & Technical Center
  • Southwest Career & Technical Center
  • Trezevant High School

On the tours, students received information on possible careers within the industry and the paths to get there. Each high school toured a different manufacturing company, which included:
  • Coca-Cola
  • Competition Cams, Inc.
  • Flextronics International
  • Gibson’s Memphis Guitar Factory
  • Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.
  • Smith & Nephew, Inc.
  • Steel Warehouse Company
  • Medtronic, Inc.

Not only did the number of students and companies expand from last year, but the program also expanded to Fayette County where 100 students toured three facilities in Fayette County.

“Students and companies don’t usually get to interact until the company needs to hire someone. This program gives an opportunity to meet and get to know what is out there for both the future employees and employers. Our business climate as a whole is strengthened when we involve everyone in finding what our needs are,” said Rhea “Skip” Taylor, Fayette County Mayor.

Posted: 10/5/2015 3:30:00 AM | with 0 comments
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