Manufacturing Day® is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and occurs on the first Friday in October. Manufacturing Day addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.
Lenawee Manufacturing Day
Lenawee's 3rd Manufacturing Day was another success, with 400 students from across Lenawee County touring two area companies and talking with industry experts. 20 total area companies were host sites this year, including IDIDIT, Rare Tool, Axis Engineering, Glycon, Kirchhoff, Ross Design, Watts Water, Rima, Hi-Lex, Kamco, General Broach, L&W, Uckele, Hardwoods of Michigan, Heinen Avionics, Anderson Development, Inteva, Aget, Wacker Chemical, Adrian Precision, Adrian Steel, and Martinrea. More Information on the 2018 Manufacturing Day.
2017 marked the second year of Lenawee County participation in Manufacturing Day, with about 400 students visiting local companies, nearly double the number of 2016. 23 area companies held tours and engaged students online through MI Bright Future.
Each student who participated in Manufacturing Day toured and talked with two different local companies before enjoying a lunch with peers and industry representatives. The activity, which was designed to only take half a school day, was supported by follow-up discussions in the classroom, as well as researching and using message boards to communicate with companies through MI Bright Future.
Participating companies included: Adrian Precision Machining, Adrian Steel, Aerospace Services & Products, Aget Manufacturing, Anderson Development, Axis Engineering, Ervin Industries, General Broach Company, Glycon Corp, HMI Hardwoods, Ididit Inc, Inteva Products, Kamco Industries, KIRCHHOFF Automotive, L&W Engineering, Martinrea International, Meridian Mechatronics, Plastic Omnium, Rare Tool Inc, Rima Manufacturing Company, Wacker Chemical Corporation, Venchurs, and W2Fuel.
The events planned for Lenawee County were planned by the LISD TECH Center, Southern Michigan Center for Science and Industry, Lenawee Now, MI Bright Future, and Michigan Works! Southeast.