Local Industry and UA Cossatot Host Annual Manufacturing Day
October 12, 2017
University of Arkansas Cossatot Department of Public Services and Workforce Development and Division of Skilled and Technical Sciences teamed up with Domtar’s Ashdown mill, Weyerhaeuser Company and CertainTeed Gypsum to conduct a Manufacturing Day event at UA Cossatot’s Nashville campus.
High school students from Nashville, Mineral Springs, Murfreesboro, Kirby, and Center Point attended to learn about available local manufacturing career opportunities.
Manufacturing Day occurs every year on the first Friday in October and is a nationally coordinated occasion during which U.S. manufacturers demonstrate the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers.
The event included presentations by local industry representatives, access to industry booths with information about local manufacturing companies and careers, and equipment demonstrations.
Why conduct a Manufacturing Day? Modern manufacturing environments are commonly thought of as dark, dangerous factories designed for low-skilled workers. Manufacturing Day addresses this misperception by giving manufacturers an opportunity to show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing really is today:
- Manufacturing is technologically advanced, with ample use of automation, 3-D printing, robots, and screen technology.
- The annual average salary of manufacturing workers is more than $77,000.
- Manufacturers have the highest job tenure in the private sector.
- 90 percent of manufacturing workers have medical benefits.
The rallying point for a growing mass movement, Manufacturing Day empowers manufacturers and educators to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.