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10/16/2018 Press Release
1,300+ Regional Students Celebrate National Manufacturing Day with Tours

NEW ALBANY, IND. (October 16, 2018) - More than 1,300 students from the region will be visiting 21 facilities from October 16 through October 18 in recognition of National Manufacturing Day, which was earlier this month. National Manufacturing Day was created in response to a dire need in American manufacturing - a major shortage of skilled workers. According to the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs need to be filled.

Founded as a national event by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) in 2012, Manufacturing Day was determined to be an excellent way to combat this malady and reverse negative perceptions about manufacturing jobs and careers. Manufacturing Day addresses this misconception by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors, and in a coordinated effort, demonstrate modern manufacturing and its benefits as a career path, such as:

• Manufacturing is technologically advanced, with ample use of automation, 3-D printing, robots and screen technology;
• In 2017, the average manufacturing worker in the United States earned $84,832 annually, including pay and benefits;
• 92 percent of manufacturing employees were eligible for health insurance benefits in 2015, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation; This is significantly higher than the 79 percent average for all firms;
• Manufacturers have the highest job tenure in the private sector; and
• Manufacturers have one of the highest percentages of workers who are eligible for health benefits provided by their employer.

Tours are currently scheduled for students during the 2018 event at the following businesses:

• Amatrol, Inc. - Jeffersonville, Ind.
• APM American Plastic Molding Corporation - Scottsburg, Ind.
• Bruce Fox, Inc. - New Albany, Ind.
• Diamond Billiards Products - Jeffersonville, Ind.
• Enjoy Life Foods - Jeffersonville, Ind.
• FireKing Security Group, Inc. - New Albany, Ind.
• idX Corporation - Jeffersonville, Ind.
• Koetter Woodworking, Inc. - Borden, Ind.
• L & D Mail Masters, Inc. - New Albany, Ind.
• Midwest-TEK - New Albany, Ind.
• NIBCO, Inc. - Charlestown, Ind.
• Owings Patterns - Sellersburg, Ind.
• Parker - Jeffersonville, Ind.
• Perkins Technology Center, Ivy Tech Jeffersonville Campus - Jeffersonville, Ind.
• S&J Precision Inc. - New Albany, Ind.
• Samtec, Inc. - New Albany, Ind.
• Technidyne Corporation - New Albany, Ind.
• VOSS Clark - Jeffersonville, Ind.
• Winston Industries LLC - Louisville, Ky.
• Young Cimtech, Inc. - New Albany, Ind.

Schools bringing students to tour facilities include:

• Clarksville Community School Corporation
• Greater Clark County Schools
• Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
• New Albany-Floyd County Consolidated School Corporation
• Prosser Career Education Center
• Scott County School District 1
• Scott County School District 2
• South Harrison Community School Corporation
• West Clark Community Schools

1si Manufacturing Day sponsors are:

• MMA Founding and MFG DAY Celebration Sponsor - Harding, Shymanski & Company, P.S.C.
• MFG DAY Presenting Sponsor – PNC Bank and Indiana Manufacturing Competitiveness Center
• Supporting Sponsors – Heartland – A Global Payment Company and Morgan Foods, Inc.

To see all the National Manufacturing Day events taking place in Indiana,
click here. As events are added, the schedule will be updated.

1si President and CEO Wendy Dant Chesser addresses students at a press conference held at FireKing Security Group.