On Oct. 3, the third annual Manufacturing Day will provide manufacturers and educational institutions a forum to showcase the technical expertise in the modern facility. Manufacturing Day was created in 2012 to clear up industry misperceptions with open houses and other opportunities to tell individual company stories, dispel myths and highlight the potential in manufacturing careers.
Celebrated the first Friday of every October, the one-day event will spotlight the skilled-labor shortage, industry changes and innovations, and the resurgence of American manufacturing, industry leaders said.
Lewis Gossett, president and CEO of the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance, said the Upstate is one of the great manufacturing areas in the country.
“We’ve got what it takes for manufacturing in the Upstate,” he said. “We need to ensure it continues.”
Gossett said Manufacturing Day is a useful promotional venue to draw attention to modern-day manufacturing and the job opportunities that come with it. The greatest challenge going forward is recruiting a skilled workforce, he said. The jobs require a great deal of skill pay well; ”we just need the kids and their parents to understand this.”
Manufacturing Day events occur at various manufacturing facilities and educational institutions across North America.