Celebrate Manufacturing Day
As a leading US manufacturer of laser cutting systems and equipment, we believe in celebrating the manufacturing industry and its important impact on our nation. The second annual Manufacturing Day is an event dedicated to just that: taking time to reflect on the significance and necessity of manufacturing while looking forward to the future of the industry.
Why is manufacturing so important?
The statistics below further support the benefits of manufacturing to our economy and workforce. According to the National Association of Manufacturers:
• In 2012, manufacturers contributed $1.87 trillion to the economy, up from $1.73 trillion in 2011. This was 11.9 percent of GDP.
• For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.48 is added to the economy, the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector.
• 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.
So what is Manufacturing Day?
Manufacturing Day, or MFG Day, is an event created to illustrate the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and also to create awareness about the rewarding, high-skill jobs which exist in manufacturing fields. Manufacturing Day also seeks to address common misconceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is and what it is not.
This year’s celebration is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).
Tell us, how do you plan on celebrating manufacturing this year?