October is national manufacturing month! It’s a time to recognize the impact that manufacturing has on the economy and workforce.
October is national Manufacturing Month! It’s a month to highlight the value of manufacturing to the U.S. and local economy. It also presents the opportunity to focus attention on many of the highly skilled careers throughout the manufacturing industry.
This October, MME group will open its doors to approximately 40 interested students from area high schools. The students will get a glimpse into what a contract manufacturer is and how it operates. After a quick Q&A session, MME will provide lunch to students and then take them on a tour of the plant.
Manufacturing supports an estimated 17.6 million jobs in the U.S. More than 12 million Americans (or nine percent of the workforce) are employed directly in manufacturing.1 Brian Bussmann, vice president at MME group views the tour as an investment in the students, community and manufacturing industry. “Giving students a chance to understand the industry and to see firsthand how it operates, opens their eyes to the possibility of a career in manufacturing.”
The student tour was a coordinated effort by MME group and the Vadnais Heights Economic Development Corporation (VHEDC). The VHEDC is a group of business leader engaging with the community stakeholders to enhance the economic vitality of its community.
1 Bureau of Labor Statistics (2014), with estimate of total employment supported by manufacturing calculated by National Association of Manufacturers using data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (2013, 2014).