The 2018 National Manufacturing Day is Oct. 5, and Wyoming companies are hosting events and opening their doors to the public to celebrate.
The manufacturing industry faces significant challenges nationwide, say industry experts.
"MFG Day focuses on addressing common misconceptions by allowing manufacturers to open their doors, in a coordinated effort, and show what manufacturing is, and isn’t,” said Gustave Anderson, the assistant director of Manufacturing-Works. "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."
There were 2,902 events held across the nation in 2017. Currently, nine are planned for 2018 in Wyoming.
Chugwater Chili will offer facility tours to the public and discuss manufacturing and entrepreneurship principles. Metrohm Raman – creating spectrometers, software and accessories from start to finish in Laramie – will offer tours of its modern facility, where it has grown from a startup of three employees to more than 40 employees with millions in annual revenue.
To kick off the events on Sept. 28, PUMA Steel, together with the American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and Laramie County Community College (LCCC), are sponsoring a welding scholarship contest for high school juniors and seniors. Finalists will be presented scholarships to LCCC’s welding department by dignitaries to include Gov. Matt Mead.
PUMA will also offer tours of its modern facility and display how software is used to create steel frame building structures in cyberspace before the steel is fabricated using CAD/CAM techniques.
Events can range from tours and competitions, to demonstrations and open houses. Manufacturers can hold their events any time in the weeks surrounding Oct. 5. Any manufacturer who would like to participate can register here or contact Manufacturing-Works at firstname.lastname@example.org.