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    [body] => Manufacturing Day 2015, including all events scheduled throughout the year, has far exceeded expectations of scale and impact, reaching more than 400,000 participants and improving the public’s perception of manufacturing.

Teachers, students, parents/influencers, and employers shared their perspective on Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) using the new Deloitte perception survey developed in collaboration with The Manufacturing Institute. The survey was distributed to more than 2,500 manufacturing hosts across the United States to gather national data from teachers, students and parents on how MFG DAY events truly make a difference in local communities. The survey found after attending Manufacturing Day events, eighty one percent of student respondents are more convinced manufacturing provides careers that are both interesting and rewarding and seventy-one percent are more likely to tell friends, family, parents or colleagues about manufacturing.

“The co-producers of Manufacturing Day could not be more pleased with the results of the 2015 celebration,” said Ed Youdell, president and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA), one of the co-producing organizations. “Our goal, when we created Manufacturing Day just three years ago, was to bring manufacturing into the mainstream. We wanted to showcase this important sector of the American economy and introduce young people to the career options and exciting work environments manufacturing offers.”

Educators’ responses to the survey also illustrated the positive impact Manufacturing Day has on public perception. Ninety percent indicated they are more likely to encourage students to pursue a career in manufacturing and ninety one percent found the activities/tours to be interesting and engaging.

“By capturing the impact of a national Manufacturing Day, we can see how it has made a difference in changing the image of the industry,” Institute Executive Director Jennifer McNelly said. “Every day we aspire to make this industry better than it was yesterday, and the results of the Manufacturing Day survey illustrate how we are improving the image of the industry through Manufacturing Day, and positioning the industry as a rewarding career path for future generations.”

“This survey further demonstrates the changing perception of manufacturing across the country, particularly among young people, and we have events like Manufacturing Day to thank in large part for this positive trend,” said National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons. “We appreciate the continued efforts of thousands of manufacturers from across the country to educate students, parents and their communities about the many career opportunities through our industry.”

Manufacturers responding to the survey also expressed positive feedback regarding their participation in Manufacturing Day. Ninety four percent found there was value in participating in the event and eighty eight percent are more likely to continue engaging with high schools or colleges in their area.  An infographic summarizing the results of the 2015 survey can be found here. To see the interactive dashboard that provides the ability to analyze results in more detail, follow this link.

“It is powerful to see that our collective efforts are making a difference in educating the public about manufacturing and its rewarding careers and how we are helping manufacturers throughout the U.S. connect with the next generation workforce” said Carroll Thomas, director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.

For MFG Day 2015, a total of 2,620 events were held across North America including all 50 states, Canada and Puerto Rico. Based on data collected from host company evaluations, more than 225,000 students and 55,000 parents, teachers and other attendees participated in these live events. Twelve virtual events helped even more people participate, with the Discovery Education and Alcoa online program reporting the largest participation of any single event, with more than 120,000 students. This brings the total number of participants in MFG Day 2015 activities to more than 400,000.

MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG Day, manufacturers 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.

“As manufacturers opened their doors to the public on Manufacturing Day, they shared firsthand the opportunities available in today’s advanced manufacturing environment. By gathering research through the Manufacturing Day survey, the Manufacturing Day producers can measure the impact Manufacturing Day is having on perception, provide insight into building upon that momentum, and further efforts to improve public perception of manufacturing,” said Craig Giffi, vice chairman, Deloitte LLP and automotive industry leader.

MFG Day is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and help them coordinate to address their common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

Manufacturing Day 2015 was supported by more than 20 sponsoring companies and organizations. The sponsor list was headed by Platinum sponsor Shell Lubricants and Gold sponsors Alliance for American Manufacturing and SME. In addition, more than 170 organizations endorsed Manufacturing Day and served as the conduit through which information about the event was disseminated. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2015-12-04 00:00:00 [updated_at] => 2015-12-03 12:38:56 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["245764","243908","241961","239713","238898","231480","230819","228605","221280","219457","216776","216772","206216","198690","197957"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 [contentType] => ContentType Object ( [className] => ContentType [content] => Array ( ) [taxonomy] => Array ( ) [listURL] => [logoUrl] => https: [id] => 2487 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => content_types [tag] => breaking_news [short_tag] => breaking_news [class_name] => [display_view] => [list_view] => [slug] => breaking-news [box_view] => [ignore_flag] => 0 [image_id] => 0 [layout_id] => 0 [formattedTag] => Breaking News ) [viewURL] => /contents/view_breaking-news/2015-12-04/deloitte-survey-finds-manufacturing-day-2015-helped-change-perception-of-industry/ [relatedArticles] => Array ( [0] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 197957 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Troy Introduces Mergal WP45 Wet-State Preservative for Aqueous Wood Coatings [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => troy-introduces-mergal-wp45-wet-state-preservative-for-aqueous-wood-coatings [body] => The production of aqueous wood coating systems presents a number of challenges for manufacturers, particularly contamination. To address this need, Troy introduces advanced Mergal WP45, a broad-spectrum wet-state preservative for the control of contamination and spoilage-causing microorganisms in the manufacturing environment. Mergal WP45 is a fast-acting preservative, enabling rapid control of contamination situations; the product also offers a long-term preservation component.

Formulated for optimum efficacy, Mergal WP45 offers cost-effective materials protection at very low use rates, enabling manufacturers to balance cost control with performance objectives. Mergal WP45 is based on OIT (octyl-isothiazolinone) technology, providing highly effective activity against bacteria, molds, and yeast.

“Mergal WP45 offers the highest potency biocide chemistry in materials protection,” said Troy’s Dr. Izzy Colon, Vice President, Science & Technology. “The incorporation of isothiazolinone delivers more microbial control per active pound of biocide than any other technology available. As a result,” continued Colon, “Mergal WP45 is highly cost-effective, and has a minimal environmental footprint because of its high activity at very low use levels.” [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2015-07-30 00:00:00 [updated_at] => 2015-07-30 10:43:33 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["248112","245772","243547","243190","243126","242536","240039","233575","225990","225531","223014","221388","209343","207846","206342"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [1] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 198690 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Manufacturing Day Producers Partner with Canada's Manufacturing Month Organizers [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => manufacturing-day-producers-partner-with-canadas-manufacturing-month-organizers [body] => The co-producers of Manufacturing Day has announced a collaboration with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) to expand the annual celebration of manufacturing across North America.

CME declared October as Manufacturing Month in Canada and the organization is committed to supporting the development of manufacturing open house events across all provinces throughout the month. This includes the development of special plant tour guides created specifically for manufacturers in each of the provinces. Those guides have been shared from CME’s Manufacturing Month portal and posted on the Manufacturing Day website in a special Canadian resource section.

Manufacturing Day was developed to improve public perception of manufacturing and is supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.

“While the Manufacturing Day co-producers have, over the years, produced many helpful toolkits and guides for companies planning open house and other community events, we’re delighted to be collaborating with CME which has provided resources that speak to the unique needs of Canadian manufacturers,” said Ed Youdell, president and CEO of FMA. “It’s marvelous to be able to add all of the statistical information on manufacturing’s economic impact in Canada to the collected statistics from the U.S. and have a much broader picture of how manufacturing contributes to our North American lifestyles.”

Manufacturing Day co-producers in the U.S. include the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

In addition to the sharing of information and resources to allow manufacturers in both countries to market their Manufacturing Day and Month events, the two organizations will be working with Edge Factor to bring the stories of manufacturing to the schools where students can access them.

“The skilled labor crisis exists on both sides of the border between our countries,” said Jeff Brownlee, Vice President, Public Affairs and Business Development, CME. “We all need to focus on creating a showcase for manufacturing and encouraging young people to explore manufacturing careers if we are to keep this vital sector of our economies strong in the decades to come. Through this collaborative effort we can deliver the important messages with strength and clarity.”

Canadian manufacturers now can register their Manufacturing Month events on the Manufacturing Day website so that potential visitors will be able to find events and register to attend them. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2015-08-11 00:00:00 [updated_at] => 2015-08-11 11:53:42 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["247538","246401","245764","245343","245033","244589","244393","243908","231480","221280","217754","212740","210852","210816","206342","206216"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [2] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 206216 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => FMA to Move Headquarters to Elgin, Illinois [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => fma-to-move-headquarters-to-elgin-illinois [body] => The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) has announced plans to move its headquarters office and operations from Rockford, Ill., to Elgin, Ill. The relocation will offer greater access and convenience for FMA members, suppliers and other industry stakeholders, particularly those located in the greater Chicago area or approximate to the Interstate 90 corridor, FMA executives said.

FMA anticipates breaking ground to construct a new building in April and occupancy to occur in November. The office will be located within Elgin city limits near the intersection of Interstate 90 and the Randall Road exit, approximately 45 miles from FMA’s current facility. Elgin is located about 40 miles from downtown Chicago and 25 miles from O’Hare International Airport.

“The new headquarters will offer many benefits to FMA and to the thousands of our constituents located in the Chicagoland area and beyond,” said Al Zelt, FMA board chairman. “The location greatly enhances FMA’s ability to serve the metal fabrication industry, which is our overarching goal, and sets the foundation for FMA’s future growth.

“In addition, we now will be much closer to one of our most exciting initiatives – the new FMA Metal Fabrication Lab being built at Harper College in nearby Palatine, Ill., and set to open in January,” Zelt said. “And, our proximity to O’Hare is advantageous for all in our industry.”

“It’s important to note that the relocation represents FMA’s decision to move closer to many more of its constituents, not a move away from theRockford community that has been a wonderful home for the organization for so many years,” said Ed Youdell, FMA president and CEO. “FMA will maintain its numerous and valued partnerships with business and academic organizations based in Rockford, and will continue its local philanthropic initiatives.”

FMA executives stated the relocation will not result in the loss of any staff positions. The organization also will provide ways to help minimize inconveniences employees may face upon making the move. FMA has 75 employees.

Youdell said the new building itself will offer benefits for both staff and stakeholders, including added capabilities to conduct on-site training and to host other industry events.

“We will have the most up-to-date technology and amenities, further enabling us to respond to the needs of FMA members, readers and advertisers of our publications, trade show exhibitors and other industry partners,” he said. “The relocation will help FMA meet its mission to advocate for the growth and sustainability of the North American metal processing, forming and fabricating industries.”

Youdell stated the FMA budget accommodates the land purchase, building construction and relocation costs. The organization plans to sell its Rockford building. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2015-12-03 00:00:00 [updated_at] => 2015-12-02 11:27:36 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["247318","244759","244461","241556","238447","227416","220391","217249","217040","215622","212665","208368","206342","202063","200761"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [3] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 216772 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Local BASF Employee Honored by National Manufacturing Group [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => local-basf-employee-honored-by-national-manufacturing-group [body] => BASF’s  Christen Campbell, an Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist for BASF in Geismar, Louisiana, was recognized as an “Emerging Leader” with  The Manufacturing Institute STEP Ahead award focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Production.

The Manufacturing Institute promotes the role of women in manufacturing through the STEP Ahead initiative, which serves to mentor and recognize women while also leading research on the topic. During the 2016 award ceremony, the Institute recognized 130 women, of which a select few were named Emerging Leaders.

"BASF recognizes the value women bring to manufacturing and engineering and is actively involved with organizations that encourage women to explore careers in those fields," said Tom Yura, BASF Senior Vice President of BASF’s Geismar site and Board Member of the National Association of Manufacturers. “Christen, through her demonstrated leadership and dedication, serves as a role model and mentor for other professional women as well as women interested in manufacturing and engineering."

Two other BASF employees were recognized during the ceremony. Also receiving an award was Nicole McGlone-Santistevan, BASF Vice President of Operations Industrial Petrochemical in Freeport, Texas. In addition, The Manufacturing Institute named  Heidi Alderman, BASF Senior Vice President of Petrochemicals North America, as STEP Ahead Chairwoman for 2016-2017.  [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2016-05-05 14:08:00 [updated_at] => 2016-05-05 13:09:27 [last_updated_author] => 142069 [uploaded_by] => 142069 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["248417","248280","248275","247280","246545","245764","244077","234196","228049","222837","217754","216776","206342","203324","199668"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [4] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 216776 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => BASF Joins The Manufacturing Institute to Honor Outstanding Women in Manufacturing [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => basf-joins-the-manufacturing-institute-to-honor-outstanding-women-in-manufacturing [body] => BASF joins The Manufacturing Institute to recognize the importance of women in manufacturing through the fourth-annual STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards. BASF sponsored this year’s awards ceremony on April 21 in Washington, D.C.

“BASF salutes The Manufacturing Institute for its role as a leading advocate of advancing women in the field,” said Tom Yura, BASF Senior Vice President of BASF’s Geismar site and Board Member of the National Association of Manufacturers. “BASF strives to expand opportunities for women and develop more female leaders in our industry.”

Two employees, Nicole McGlone-Santistevan, BASF Vice President of Operations Industrial Petrochemicals in Freeport, Texas, and  Christen Campbell, BASF Environmental Health and Safety Specialist in Geismar, Louisiana, received STEP Ahead awards, which honored 130 women nationally for their achievements in manufacturing.

In addition, The Manufacturing Institute named  Heidi Alderman, BASF Senior Vice President of Petrochemicals North America, as  STEP Ahead Chairwoman for 2016-2017. Alderman served on the advisory committee for the development of The Manufacturing Institute’ new toolkit,  LEAD: Becoming an Impactful Voice to the Next Generation of Talent. The toolkit is designed for women in manufacturing to reach the next generation of talent by being ambassadors for the industry.

A  2015 survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that 80 percent of American manufacturing companies have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers. Contributing to this gap is the under-representation of women in the industry. Women make up nearly half of the nation's labor pool, yet comprise just over a quarter of the manufacturing labor force.

“With a skills gap of two million unfilled jobs over the next decade, it is crucial to attract, retain and recruit women into the manufacturing workforce,” said Jennifer McNelly, executive director of The Manufacturing Institute. “Our work with BASF and other industry leaders has been instrumental to our STEP Ahead initiative and advancing female talent in the industry.” [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2016-05-06 00:00:00 [updated_at] => 2016-05-05 13:20:59 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["248417","248280","248275","247280","246545","245764","235248","234196","223776","217758","217754","216772","206342","202305","199668"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) ) [relatedContent] => Array ( [0] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 197957 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Troy Introduces Mergal WP45 Wet-State Preservative for Aqueous Wood Coatings [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => troy-introduces-mergal-wp45-wet-state-preservative-for-aqueous-wood-coatings [body] => The production of aqueous wood coating systems presents a number of challenges for manufacturers, particularly contamination. To address this need, Troy introduces advanced Mergal WP45, a broad-spectrum wet-state preservative for the control of contamination and spoilage-causing microorganisms in the manufacturing environment. Mergal WP45 is a fast-acting preservative, enabling rapid control of contamination situations; the product also offers a long-term preservation component.

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“Mergal WP45 offers the highest potency biocide chemistry in materials protection,” said Troy’s Dr. Izzy Colon, Vice President, Science & Technology. “The incorporation of isothiazolinone delivers more microbial control per active pound of biocide than any other technology available. As a result,” continued Colon, “Mergal WP45 is highly cost-effective, and has a minimal environmental footprint because of its high activity at very low use levels.” [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2015-07-30 00:00:00 [updated_at] => 2015-07-30 10:43:33 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["248112","245772","243547","243190","243126","242536","240039","233575","225990","225531","223014","221388","209343","207846","206342"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [1] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 198690 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Manufacturing Day Producers Partner with Canada's Manufacturing Month Organizers [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => manufacturing-day-producers-partner-with-canadas-manufacturing-month-organizers [body] => The co-producers of Manufacturing Day has announced a collaboration with the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) to expand the annual celebration of manufacturing across North America.

CME declared October as Manufacturing Month in Canada and the organization is committed to supporting the development of manufacturing open house events across all provinces throughout the month. This includes the development of special plant tour guides created specifically for manufacturers in each of the provinces. Those guides have been shared from CME’s Manufacturing Month portal and posted on the Manufacturing Day website in a special Canadian resource section.

Manufacturing Day was developed to improve public perception of manufacturing and is supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.

“While the Manufacturing Day co-producers have, over the years, produced many helpful toolkits and guides for companies planning open house and other community events, we’re delighted to be collaborating with CME which has provided resources that speak to the unique needs of Canadian manufacturers,” said Ed Youdell, president and CEO of FMA. “It’s marvelous to be able to add all of the statistical information on manufacturing’s economic impact in Canada to the collected statistics from the U.S. and have a much broader picture of how manufacturing contributes to our North American lifestyles.”

Manufacturing Day co-producers in the U.S. include the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Intl. (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

In addition to the sharing of information and resources to allow manufacturers in both countries to market their Manufacturing Day and Month events, the two organizations will be working with Edge Factor to bring the stories of manufacturing to the schools where students can access them.

“The skilled labor crisis exists on both sides of the border between our countries,” said Jeff Brownlee, Vice President, Public Affairs and Business Development, CME. “We all need to focus on creating a showcase for manufacturing and encouraging young people to explore manufacturing careers if we are to keep this vital sector of our economies strong in the decades to come. Through this collaborative effort we can deliver the important messages with strength and clarity.”

Canadian manufacturers now can register their Manufacturing Month events on the Manufacturing Day website so that potential visitors will be able to find events and register to attend them. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2015-08-11 00:00:00 [updated_at] => 2015-08-11 11:53:42 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["247538","246401","245764","245343","245033","244589","244393","243908","231480","221280","217754","212740","210852","210816","206342","206216"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [2] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 206216 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => FMA to Move Headquarters to Elgin, Illinois [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => fma-to-move-headquarters-to-elgin-illinois [body] => The Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) has announced plans to move its headquarters office and operations from Rockford, Ill., to Elgin, Ill. The relocation will offer greater access and convenience for FMA members, suppliers and other industry stakeholders, particularly those located in the greater Chicago area or approximate to the Interstate 90 corridor, FMA executives said.

FMA anticipates breaking ground to construct a new building in April and occupancy to occur in November. The office will be located within Elgin city limits near the intersection of Interstate 90 and the Randall Road exit, approximately 45 miles from FMA’s current facility. Elgin is located about 40 miles from downtown Chicago and 25 miles from O’Hare International Airport.

“The new headquarters will offer many benefits to FMA and to the thousands of our constituents located in the Chicagoland area and beyond,” said Al Zelt, FMA board chairman. “The location greatly enhances FMA’s ability to serve the metal fabrication industry, which is our overarching goal, and sets the foundation for FMA’s future growth.

“In addition, we now will be much closer to one of our most exciting initiatives – the new FMA Metal Fabrication Lab being built at Harper College in nearby Palatine, Ill., and set to open in January,” Zelt said. “And, our proximity to O’Hare is advantageous for all in our industry.”

“It’s important to note that the relocation represents FMA’s decision to move closer to many more of its constituents, not a move away from theRockford community that has been a wonderful home for the organization for so many years,” said Ed Youdell, FMA president and CEO. “FMA will maintain its numerous and valued partnerships with business and academic organizations based in Rockford, and will continue its local philanthropic initiatives.”

FMA executives stated the relocation will not result in the loss of any staff positions. The organization also will provide ways to help minimize inconveniences employees may face upon making the move. FMA has 75 employees.

Youdell said the new building itself will offer benefits for both staff and stakeholders, including added capabilities to conduct on-site training and to host other industry events.

“We will have the most up-to-date technology and amenities, further enabling us to respond to the needs of FMA members, readers and advertisers of our publications, trade show exhibitors and other industry partners,” he said. “The relocation will help FMA meet its mission to advocate for the growth and sustainability of the North American metal processing, forming and fabricating industries.”

Youdell stated the FMA budget accommodates the land purchase, building construction and relocation costs. The organization plans to sell its Rockford building. [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2015-12-03 00:00:00 [updated_at] => 2015-12-02 11:27:36 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["247318","244759","244461","241556","238447","227416","220391","217249","217040","215622","212665","208368","206342","202063","200761"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [3] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 216772 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => Local BASF Employee Honored by National Manufacturing Group [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => local-basf-employee-honored-by-national-manufacturing-group [body] => BASF’s  Christen Campbell, an Environmental, Health and Safety Specialist for BASF in Geismar, Louisiana, was recognized as an “Emerging Leader” with  The Manufacturing Institute STEP Ahead award focusing on Science, Technology, Engineering and Production.

The Manufacturing Institute promotes the role of women in manufacturing through the STEP Ahead initiative, which serves to mentor and recognize women while also leading research on the topic. During the 2016 award ceremony, the Institute recognized 130 women, of which a select few were named Emerging Leaders.

"BASF recognizes the value women bring to manufacturing and engineering and is actively involved with organizations that encourage women to explore careers in those fields," said Tom Yura, BASF Senior Vice President of BASF’s Geismar site and Board Member of the National Association of Manufacturers. “Christen, through her demonstrated leadership and dedication, serves as a role model and mentor for other professional women as well as women interested in manufacturing and engineering."

Two other BASF employees were recognized during the ceremony. Also receiving an award was Nicole McGlone-Santistevan, BASF Vice President of Operations Industrial Petrochemical in Freeport, Texas. In addition, The Manufacturing Institute named  Heidi Alderman, BASF Senior Vice President of Petrochemicals North America, as STEP Ahead Chairwoman for 2016-2017.  [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2016-05-05 14:08:00 [updated_at] => 2016-05-05 13:09:27 [last_updated_author] => 142069 [uploaded_by] => 142069 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["248417","248280","248275","247280","246545","245764","244077","234196","228049","222837","217754","216776","206342","203324","199668"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) [4] => Content Object ( [className] => Content [contentLinks] => Array ( ) [belongsTo] => [contentIssue] => [id] => 216776 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => contents [content_type_id] => 2487 [resource_id] => 0 [author_id] => 0 [primary_issue_slug] => [author_name] => {"name":"","title":""} [magazine_id] => 5 [layout_id] => 0 [primary_image] => 0 [primary_image_old] => 0 [slider_image_id] => [banner_image] => 0 [title] => BASF Joins The Manufacturing Institute to Honor Outstanding Women in Manufacturing [short_title] => [summary] => [slug] => basf-joins-the-manufacturing-institute-to-honor-outstanding-women-in-manufacturing [body] => BASF joins The Manufacturing Institute to recognize the importance of women in manufacturing through the fourth-annual STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards. BASF sponsored this year’s awards ceremony on April 21 in Washington, D.C.

“BASF salutes The Manufacturing Institute for its role as a leading advocate of advancing women in the field,” said Tom Yura, BASF Senior Vice President of BASF’s Geismar site and Board Member of the National Association of Manufacturers. “BASF strives to expand opportunities for women and develop more female leaders in our industry.”

Two employees, Nicole McGlone-Santistevan, BASF Vice President of Operations Industrial Petrochemicals in Freeport, Texas, and  Christen Campbell, BASF Environmental Health and Safety Specialist in Geismar, Louisiana, received STEP Ahead awards, which honored 130 women nationally for their achievements in manufacturing.

In addition, The Manufacturing Institute named  Heidi Alderman, BASF Senior Vice President of Petrochemicals North America, as  STEP Ahead Chairwoman for 2016-2017. Alderman served on the advisory committee for the development of The Manufacturing Institute’ new toolkit,  LEAD: Becoming an Impactful Voice to the Next Generation of Talent. The toolkit is designed for women in manufacturing to reach the next generation of talent by being ambassadors for the industry.

A  2015 survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that 80 percent of American manufacturing companies have a moderate to severe shortage of available, qualified workers. Contributing to this gap is the under-representation of women in the industry. Women make up nearly half of the nation's labor pool, yet comprise just over a quarter of the manufacturing labor force.

“With a skills gap of two million unfilled jobs over the next decade, it is crucial to attract, retain and recruit women into the manufacturing workforce,” said Jennifer McNelly, executive director of The Manufacturing Institute. “Our work with BASF and other industry leaders has been instrumental to our STEP Ahead initiative and advancing female talent in the industry.” [views] => 0 [published] => 1 [status] => 3 [priority] => 0 [publish_date] => 2016-05-06 00:00:00 [updated_at] => 2016-05-05 13:20:59 [last_updated_author] => 147600 [uploaded_by] => 147600 [user_role_id] => 0 [custom_fields] => [] [custom_fields_old] => [splitcontent] => 1 [content_url] => [related_content_ids] => ["248417","248280","248275","247280","246545","245764","235248","234196","223776","217758","217754","216772","206342","202305","199668"] [is_show_company_name] => [created_at] => 2019-04-09 04:36:23 ) ) [contentTaxonomy_knowledge-center] => Array ( ) [relatedSearches] => Array ( [0] => Taxonomy Object ( [className] => Taxonomy [id] => 56581 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => taxonomy [taxonomy_tag] => environment ) ) [formattedTitle] => Deloitte Survey Finds Manufacturing Day 2015 Helped Change Perception Of Industry [taxonomy_keywords] => Array ( [0] => Taxonomy Object ( [className] => Taxonomy [id] => 56581 [pageNumber] => [offset] => [totalPages] => [last_query] => [last_sql] => [show_errors] => 1 [databaseServer] => Array ( [key] => master [host] => 172.24.16.232 [user] => rodpub_beta [pass] => MvQQzhse92k58yA [db] => rodpub_beta ) [tableName] => taxonomy [tag] => environment [slug] => environment [child_of] => 54554 ) ) )