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Thanks for Making #MfgDay16 a Success!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

The 5th anniversary of Manufacturing Day was celebrated with a bang – especially in the southeastern United States -- where Hurricane Matthew exercised its bad timing. But in the rest of North America great events ran as scheduled on the official date of Oct. 7 and on virtually every other day of the month so far. In fact, events will continue through Dec. 14, confirming the theory that every day is MFG DAY.

Events continue to be added to the official calendar each day. At this time the count is up to 2,758 – a 5% increase over the final number for 2015. We are reading some amazing success stories as they are posted to the website and viewing great photos of the thousands of visitors – particularly engaged students – who were exposed to manufacturing and its career options for the first time.

On the official date, we were proud to receive word of a Presidential proclamation declaring that date as Manufacturing Day in the United States. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker visited two companies in Portland, Ore. for MFG DAY – Makers Gone Pro and Lam Research. Other administration officials, governors, senators, congressmen, mayors, and county officials across the country were out investigating the companies that employ their constituents. To date more than 150 proclamations for MFG DAY, MFG Month, and MFG Week have been posted to mfgday.com. When you read these documents and start to add up the impacts that they acknowledge regarding the economies of states and cities, it really hits home just how important our industry is and how critical the work is that is on display at MFG DAY events.

So, BRAVO! Our hats are off to you! Take a bow, pat yourself on the back, and smile with pride. Manufacturing Day events take a lot of effort on the part of every person in our industry all of you who created and executed events as well as those who have supported the initiative as sponsors and endorsers have done "a very good thing."

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