October 2, 2019

Local manufacturers to host students for Capital Region Manufacturing Day 2019

Multiple manufacturers across the region will open their doors simultaneously to celebrate National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019.

These events are part of an effort to change perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.

The Capital Area Manufacturing Council (CAMC) is coordinating the region-wide initiative, covering Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Ionia and Livingston Counties, with the goal of exposing nearly 1,000 middle and high school students to local manufacturing career opportunities in one day. A total of twenty-three manufacturers are participating.

More than a dozen area schools are participating, including Ingham Intermediate School District, Clinton County RESA, Eaton RESA, Lansing School District, Heartlands Institute of Technology (Ionia), Mason, Charlotte, Grand Ledge, Holt and Waverly schools.

“Today’s advanced manufacturing is high-tech, bright, clean and modern,” said Virg Bernero, CAMC executive director. “There are tremendous career opportunities right now in the manufacturing sector, many of which are high wage and require innovative talent. We see careers in manufacturing across the educational spectrum, from certifications and associate degrees to professional trades and apprenticeships to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. There is something for everyone.”

Manufacturing Day is a national event executed at the local level with the support of thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.