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Celebrating 2016 National Manufacturing Day in Greater Memphis

On Friday, October 7th the Greater Memphis Chamber and partners celebrated National Manufacturing Day with the goal to promote advanced manufacturing careers in Memphis as well as the educational opportunities to qualify for these jobs. Our partners included:
  • The Workforce Investment Network (WIN)
  • Greater Memphis Alliance for a Competitive Workfore (GMACW)
  • BDO
  • Shelby County Schools
  • Durham School Services
Six hundred students from 12 Shelby County Schools toured 12 Memphis manufacturing companies that day. 

"National Manufacturing Day has grown each year in Memphis, starting with 200 students in 2014 and growing to 600 students this year," said Phil Trenary, President & CEO. "It is vital that we showcase to our future workforce the good-paying jobs and career paths these manufacturing companies provide to their employees."

Over the next decade, it is estimated that nearly 3.5 million U.S. manufacturing jobs will be needed and 2 million of these jobs are expected to go unfilled due to manufacturers' inability to find talent with the required skills, according to the National Association of Manufacturers, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. 

“Since 2010, Tennessee has gained more than 45,400 net new manufacturing jobs, the largest increase in the U.S.,” said TNECD Commissioner Randy Boyd. “Even though Tennessee’s manufacturing sector is growing at a historic rate, roughly one-in-four Tennesseans who work in manufacturing are age 55 or older. That means a big portion of the workforce will reach retirement age in the next decade and manufacturers will need a new crop of talent to ensure this growth continues.”
“We need to let young people know that there are high-quality and high-paying jobs that are in very high demand in manufacturing, but they need to get the necessary skills and education. The great news is that because of the Governor’s Tennessee Promise, those skills can be earned for free,” Boyd added.

Check out photos from National Manufacturing Day and see which schools and companies participated below:

The schools who participated this year included: Booker T. Washington High School, Douglass High School, East High School, Hamilton High School, Kingsbury Career Technology Center, Kirby High School, Melrose High School, Mitchell High School, Sheffield High School, Southwest Career Technology Center, Trezevant Career Technology Center and Whitehaven High School. On these tours, students received information on possible careers within the industry and the paths to get there. The Workforce Investment Network is provided the buses for the tours this year. Each high school toured a different manufacturing company which included: Steel Warehouse, Gibson Guitar, Flextronics, Barnhart Crane, Competition Cams, Jordan Aluminum, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Smith & Nephew, National Guards Products, SFI of Tennessee, Coca-Cola and Medtronic.
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