More than 65 events led by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) will commemorate Manufacturer's Day in Pennsylvania on Oct. 3 as part of a national effort to raise awareness of the manufacturing industry.
Current manufacturing facilities across the state will open their doors to allow the public to see what the field is like and to connect to younger people. The campaign also allows those in the field to address common concerns among manufacturers and manufacturing companies and advocates, including the amount of danger involved in manufacturing work and the misconception of it being unfulfilling work.
According to the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Association, the industry employs more than than 500,000 workers in the commonwealth and is crucial to its well-being. The association said that shortages of skilled workers has left upward of 8,000 positions to be filled.
NAM hopes increased awareness, specifically among young people, will mean opportunities within the manufacturing sector do not go to waste.
State Rep. Eli Evankovich , the chairman of the Pa. House Manufacturing Caucus, was responsible for fostering the passage of House Resolution 1034, which designated Oct. 3 as Manufacturer's Day in Pennsylvania.