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CITEC is one of the 350+ centers that comprise the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) which have joined with manufacturers around the country to celebrate great "Made in the USA" products while also finding more business opportunities for American manufacturers.
The experts of the MEP work with small and mid-sized U.S. Manufacturers to help them create jobs, increase profits and save time and money. Our nationwide network provides a variety of services that put American manufacturers in a position to develop new customers, expand into new markets and create new products.
Made In America: Innovative Product Search
We firmly believe innovation is part of our DNA as Americans. Take a look in your home today. What can you find that’s made in America? Don’t be shy and don’t be embarrassed. We know it’s pretty hard to do these days.
CITEC, as part of the national Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program, seeks to boost U.S.-based manufacturing and production. The goal is to bring back the “Made in America” label on the products we use in our daily lives.
With the help of partners like Edison Nation, Bed Bath & Beyond, PepBoys, Rawlings, Shat-R-Shield and more, American companies now have an excellent opportunity to pursue making products right here in the U.S.
Local featured "Make It In America" manufacturers:
Willsboro's General Composites, Inc.
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Watertown's Current Applications, Inc.
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2nd Annual Manufacturing Day Slated to Raise Awareness of Skilled Career Options
After a successful initial celebration last year, the next Manufacturing Day has been scheduled for Fri., Oct. 4, 2013. Manufacturers, educational institutions and others are being encouraged to host events that will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy and draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs in manufacturing fields. In the North Country region of New York State, CITEC and our partners will be hosting workshops and factory tours in Plattsburgh, Watertown and Canton-Potsdam.
Nationally, the effort is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), The Manufacturing Institute and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). Industrial Strength Marketing, a Nashville area marketing agency specializing in marketing services for the manufacturing sector, has joined the effort as a guest producer for the 2013 event.
In its first year, more than 240 events were held in manufacturing facilities in 37 states and more than 7,000 people participated. This year's celebration will feature open houses, public tours, career workshops and other activities to increase public awareness of modern manufacturing. Events also will introduce manufacturers to business improvement resources and services delivered through the network of 350 MEP centers -- like CITEC -- across the country.
"Manufacturing Day is a great opportunity to shift Americans' perception that it is not our grandfather's manufacturing anymore and to showcase the tremendous career opportunities manufacturing has to offer," said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. "This day is an engaging way to attract young people and get them excited about pursuing a career in a technology-driven, innovative environment that will also provide a good-paying job. We encourage all manufacturers and manufacturing associations to get involved and share what we already know -- manufacturing makes us strong."
Studies by the nonprofit Manufacturing Institute and others show that almost 80 percent of Americans believe manufacturing is important to our economic prosperity, standard of living and national security. Yet only 30 percent would encourage their children to go into manufacturing as a career.
With the gap growing each year between the skills students learn in school and those they will need on the job, it is increasingly difficult for manufacturers to find and hire qualified employees. By promoting Manufacturing Day, manufacturing associations and other organizations led by NIST MEP centers and the FMA said they wanted to remove some of the myths surrounding manufacturing. For example, manufacturing is a solid, long-term career choice for qualified candidates -- including the young people who will form the workforce of tomorrow, and it is a vital part of our economy.
"Manufacturing Day is a great opportunity to celebrate work and innovation of the 12 million men and women who make the United States the world's largest manufacturing economy," said Ed Youdell, president and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association.
"Manufacturing Day provides a focused point in time each year when all manufacturers in America can collaborate to bring attention to this crucial sector of the economy and celebrate their accomplishments," said Jennifer McNelly, president of The Manufacturing Institute.
"This celebration of manufacturing is a chance for all of the great manufacturers who 'Make it in America' to show their value to their communities," said Roger Kilmer, director, Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).
To learn more about Manufacturing Day, log on to www.mfgday.com, where you will find an interactive map showing where Manufacturing Day events are planned.
You can also make sure you are part of the North Country's 2nd Annual Manufacturing Day planned for October 4, 2013, by letting us know of your interest by sending us an email.
About NIST MEP
Headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md., the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP) is a public/private partnership that works with small and mid-sized U.S. manufacturers to help them create and retain jobs, increase profits, save time and money, develop new customers, and expand into new markets. Founded in 1988, the nationwide network provides a variety of services, from innovation strategies to process improvements to green manufacturing. MEP field staff includes more than 1,400 technical experts located in every state. For every dollar of federal investment, the MEP generates around $30 in new sales growth ($3.6 billion in new sales annually). For every $1,570 of federal investment, MEP creates or retains one manufacturing job.
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