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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
On Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, more than 150 representatives from manufacturing, education, parents and students joined CITEC and our partners for three workshops and factory tours that were conducted in Plattsburgh, Watertown and Potsdam.
Across the U.S., this year's celebration featured open houses, public tours, career workshops and other activities to increase public awareness of modern manufacturing. Events also introduced 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.
"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, and make sure you save Friday, October 3, 2014 to join us in celebration of the importance of manufacturing to our country and preparing its skilled workforce for tomorrow.
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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