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Second Annual Manufacturing Day Scheduled

After a successful initial celebration last year, the next Manufacturing Day has been scheduled for Fri., Oct. 4, 2013. Manufacturers, educational institutions and others are encouraged to host events that will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy and draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs in manufacturing fields.

The effort is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association,
International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), The
Manufacturing Institute and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s
(NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Industrial Strength
Marketing, a Nashville area marketing agency specializing in marketing services for
the manufacturing sector, has joined the effort as a guest producer for the 2013
event.

In its first year, more than 240 events were held in manufacturing facilities in 37
states and more than 7,000 people participated. This year’s celebration will feature
open houses, public tours, career workshops and other activities to increase public
awareness of modern manufacturing. Events also will introduce manufacturers to
business improvement resources and services delivered through the MEP’s network of
hundreds of affiliated centers across the country.

“Manufacturing Day is a great opportunity to shift Americans’ perception that it is
not our grandfather’s manufacturing anymore and to showcase the tremendous career
opportunities manufacturing has to offer,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons.
“This day is an engaging way to attract young people and get them excited about
pursuing a career in a technology-driven, innovative environment that will also
provide a good-paying job. We encourage all manufacturers and manufacturing
associations to get involved and share what we already know–manufacturing makes us
strong.”

“Manufacturing Day is a great opportunity to celebrate work and innovation of the 12
million men and women who make the United States the world’s largest manufacturing
economy,” said Ed Youdell, president and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers
Association.

“Manufacturing Day provides a focused point in time each year when all manufacturers
in America can collaborate to bring attention to this crucial sector of the economy
and celebrate their accomplishments,” said Jennifer McNelly, president of The
Manufacturing Institute.

“This celebration of manufacturing is a chance for all of the great manufacturers
who ‘Make it in America’ to show their value to their communities,” said Roger
Kilmer, director, Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

To learn more about Manufacturing Day, log on to www.mfgday.com, where those wishing
to host events will find resources to help them prepare. Visitors to the site also
will find an interactive map showing where Manufacturing Day events are planned.

Associations and organizations that support the manufacturing industry are invited
to join the program as sponsors or endorsers by calling 888-394-4362 or emailing
info@mfgday.com mailto:info@mfgday.com?subject=Sponsorship%20Inquiry.

For more information contact:

Patricia Lee
Director of Marketing
Fabricators & Manufacturers Association Intl.
(815) 227-8286
patl@fmanet.org

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