(LANSING) -- Today marks the start of Capital Region MFG Day, a week-long series of events hosted by the Capital Area Manufacturing Council (CAMC) to highlight the vital role that manufacturing plays in mid-Michigan’s economy and to give area middle and high school students an inside look at the rewarding careers available in today’s high-tech, advanced manufacturing sector.
Traditionally, MFG Day is a one-day event held on the first Friday in October. This year, due to the pandemic, Capital Region MFG Day will feature online events throughout the week, beginning with this morning’s 10 a.m. kickoff press conference at the Wilson Talent Center in Mason. Students across the region will experience virtual tours, product and process demonstrations, and panel discussions with manufacturing employees who will talk about their jobs and the path they followed to achieve success.
“Manufacturing is part of our DNA,” said CAMC Executive Director VIrg Bernero. “From autos to aerospace to bioscience and medtech, some of the world’s greatest and most innovative manufacturing companies make their home in the Lansing region and they are looking for the next generation of talent right now. MFG Day is a great way to showcase the amazing job opportunities available for young people in manufacturing fields like engineering, welding, robotics, computer-aided design and much more -- right here in our own community.”
Kelly Preston, president of Capital Steel & Wire in Mason and vice president of the CAMC Executive Board, emphasized that jobs in manufacturing aren’t just for men. “Even though a lot of my colleagues in the executive ranks are men, I also know that one of every four jobs in Michigan manufacturing is held by a woman,” Preston said. “I want to encourage all of the girls and young women out there who are thinking about their future to consider a career in manufacturing. Designing and building the future is for you, too.”
Sixteen area companies representing a diverse cross-section of the Lansing area manufacturing economy will participate in this year’s MFG Day events, including General Motors, The Shyft Group (formerly Spartan Motors), Emergent BioSolutions, Alro Steel, Barnes Aerospace, Bekum America, Capital Steel & Wire, Eckhart, Franchino Mold & Engineering, Loc Performance Products, Meridian/Magnesium Products of America, Neogen, Niowave, Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, Peckham Industries and Roberts Sinto Corporation.
Participating students from school districts across the Capital area can attend four different tours each day, where they will see how different products are designed and made, and learn what it takes to secure great manufacturing jobs in the professional trades and STEM-related fields by interacting with engineers, electricians, human resource directors, and other manufacturing professionals. Each presentation will also be recorded and made available to students and educators after MFG Day as an online resource.
Capital Region MFG Day 2020 is proudly sponsored at the GOLD level by General Motors, Emergent BioSolutions, The Shyft Group (formerly Spartan Motors) and Cinnaire. This year’s SILVER sponsors are Alro Steel, Barnes Aerospace, Tri-Star Trust Bank and the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP).
We are also grateful for the support and cooperation of our key partners: Lansing Community College and their Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME), the Ingham Intermediate School District and their Wilson Talent Center, Capital Area Michigan Works!, the City of Lansing and its Public Media Center, and all of our participating schools and manufacturing host sites.
For more information about Capital Region MFG Day 2020, please visit https://www.camconline.org/mfgday.
The Capital Area Manufacturing Council is a dynamic and growing association of manufacturing executives and human resources professionals who work together to improve and promote mid-Michigan's manufacturing competitiveness. Our mission is to build a strong business alliance of local manufacturing professionals who engage in activities designed to maintain and enhance a robust and enduring manufacturing community that will create value for Michigan, our country, and the world.