2017 Manufacturing Day Moments

By November 30, 2017Shopfloor Policy

Now that October—also known as Manufacturing Month in many areas—has come and gone, we want to highlight some of the extraordinary efforts that manufacturers displayed under the MFG Day banner.

First up is the whopping 153 events BASF hosted across the nation throughout the year, engaging an estimated 15,301 people! That’s amazing. We applaud BASF for its ongoing work in promoting the manufacturing industry and encouraging participation from all over the country.

Northrop Grumman hosted an incredible 82 events, celebrating with governors, senators and STEM students. The Maryland site held its annual Manufacturing Wars competition, which challenges students to build a model of an Apache helicopter—that’s an experience those kids will never forget.

Throughout October, Caterpillar facilities across the United States celebrated Manufacturing Day, hosting 11 total events. From team-building exercises to hosting tours for high school students, Caterpillar went above and beyond to make this year’s Manufacturing Day a huge success. Check out Caterpillar employees’ 2017 selfies, describing why manufacturing matters!

PPG and the PPG Foundation marked Manufacturing Day with more than $90,000 in grants going to support STEM programs across the United States. The company also hosted 11 events that included plant tours, manufacturing demonstrations, panel discussions and more!

And continuing to contribute to these impressive efforts, Allegion hosted eight events impacting approximately 600 students, teachers, government officials and community leaders. Allegion showed off its outstanding day-to-day operations, and its employees are always eager to participate on the panels, give the tours and show off to the community what they make and the pride in their work.

These are just a few of the thousands that celebrated Manufacturing Day to inspire next-generation manufacturing workers. Check out the top-five states that hosted the most Manufacturing Day events this year:

  1. Michigan: 299 events
  2. Ohio: 257 events
  3. California: 241 events
  4. Pennsylvania: 192 events
  5. Iowa: 181 events

Manufacturing Day is all about recognizing the amazing work that manufacturers do every day. By working together during and after MFG Day, manufacturers can connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry. Thank you to all manufacturers, educators and community organizations working to improve the image of manufacturing and engage students in the industry. We could not have accomplished this success without you!


Carolyn Lee

Carolyn Lee

Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute at The Manufacturing Institute
Carolyn Lee is Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, the non-profit affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the nation’s largest industrial trade association. Carolyn drives an agenda focused on improving the manufacturing industry through its three centers: the Center for the American Workforce, the Center for Manufacturing Research, and the Center for Best Practices.

In her role, Carolyn leads the Institute’s workforce efforts to close the skills gap and inspire all Americans to enter the U.S. manufacturing workforce, focusing on women, youth, and veterans. Carolyn steers the Institute’s initiatives and programs to educate the public on manufacturing careers, improve the quality of manufacturing education, engage, develop and retain key members of the workforce, and identify and document best practices. In addition, Carolyn drives the agenda for the Center for Manufacturing Research, which partners with leading consulting firms in the country. The Institute studies the critical issues facing manufacturing and then applies that research to develop and identify solutions that are implemented by companies, schools, governments, and organizations across the country.

Prior to joining the Institute, Carolyn was Senior Director of Tax Policy at the NAM beginning in 2011, where she was responsible for key portions of the NAM’s tax portfolio representing the manufacturing community on Capitol Hill and in the business community and working closely with the NAM membership. She served as the Director of Legislative and Government Affairs at the Telecommunications Industry Association, Manager of State and Federal Government Affairs for 3M Company, and in various positions on Capitol Hill including as Legislative Director for former U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and as a senior legislative staff member for former U.S. Rep. Sue Kelly (R-NY).

Carolyn is a graduate of Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania graduating with a B.A. in Political Science. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and three children.
Carolyn Lee

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