AEM and its member companies celebrated Manufacturing Day last week and did their part to recognize the 1.3 million equipment manufacturing workers who aid the industry's numerous contributions to the U.S. economy.

Several members hosted events all across the country, while AEM released a 30-second video saying "thank you" to equipment manufacturing workers.

“We’re saluting the 1.3 million equipment manufacturing workers who work hard every day and are inspiring the next generation to follow in their footsteps,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “Every year Manufacturing Day shows the next generation what it means to be a manufacturer. Our industry is defined by our workers, who make 58 percent more in wages than the national average and build the equipment our nation depends on to grow our economy and prosper. Today, and every day, we want the next generation of equipment manufacturing workers to know that a career in our industry is one they can look forward to.”

AEM's Manufacturing Day video spotlights the work ethic of the industry's workers, while highlighting how equipment manufacturers advance the overall economy. The video can be viewed below:

Meanwhile, among the member companies hosting Manufacturing Day events last week were:

  • October 3: Sioux Corporation hosting South Dakota Governor Daugaard and 8th grade students from Irene-Wakonda Junior High School at its facility in Beresford, South Dakota
  • October 4: Next Generation Manufacturing Summit, hosted by Generac Power Systems, an exciting interactive discussion with chief executive officers of southeastern Wisconsin companies in Waukesha, Wisconsin 
  • October 5: Kondex Corporation hosting Rep. Grothman (R-WI) and a representative from Rep. Baldwin’s (D-WI) office at its facility in Lomira, Wisconsin
  • October 5: Blount International hosting 150 students to tour at its Woods Equipment manufacturing plant in Oregon, Illinois
  • October 5: Vermeer Corporation hosting 6th and 9th grade students on its campus in Pella, Iowa
  • October 5: CLAAS hosting 200-plus students from several local area high schools for a factory tour, career roundtable, job readiness workshops, and much more at its facility in Omaha, Nebraska
  • October 6: Blount International hosting a company picnic celebrating Manufacturing Day
  • October 16: Volvo Construction Equipment hosting 50 students at its facility in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania

Manufacturing Day was created in 2012 by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute, and it now has more than 20 corporate sponsors. This year, more 2,500 events across the country have been formally registered as official Manufacturing Day events. 

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