Gear up for Manufacturing Month 2016!

83b78274fc324b73a1b45cb67fc6716eFor most manufacturers, the fall season is a time of evaluating first-quarter performance, welcoming employees back from vacation, and focusing on what’s to come after the close of the calendar year. However, the month of October is also Manufacturing Month in Ohio, and many businesses and organizations are looking for ways to celebrate the industry’s best assets and illustrate its bright future.

But why is manufacturing so important to our state, and what does it offer to today’s evolving world?

According to the Ohio Manufacturers Association, manufacturing is responsible for nearly 20 percent of the state’s gross domestic product and provides more than 670,000 jobs for skilled workers. In addition, manufacturing is the largest of the state’s 20 sectors, boasting $52 million in products around the world and generating nearly $100 billion in GDP revenue. In particular, Northeast Ohio manufacturers account for 14 percent of the region’s employment and 19 percent of our GDP.

To heighten awareness of the sector’s importance to our region, many companies and organizations are opening their doors to students, parents, and others during the month of October. Manufacturing Day, which takes place on Oct. 7, is the high point, with over 1100 events taking place across the country. These events, which vary from plant tours to workshops to presentations, are designed to educate and inspire the next generation of skilled workers in Northeast Ohio by showcasing new tech, offering insights on career possibilities, and giving them a reason to consider manufacturing as a viable path to success.

With 181 events in 2015, the state of Ohio passed Michigan, California, and Iowa for highest number of Manufacturing Day events across the country.

Also part of Manufacturing Month is [M]POWER Manufacturing Assembly 2016. Presented by MAGNET in conjunction with Crain’s Cleveland Business and the Cleveland Engineering Society, this Oct. 19 event serves as the largest gathering of manufacturers in Northeast Ohio and provides ample opportunities for company leaders, service providers, and industry experts to forge relationships and learn best practices.

To learn more about Manufacturing Month (and Manufacturing Day) and what events are taking place near you, visit or follow @MfgDay on Twitter!

Additional details are also available by calling MAGNET at 216.391.7002.


Posted by Liz Fox in Events, Manufacturing Month, News

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