Manufacturing Day Provides Opportunity for Education

October 3rd, 2014 by Casey Flores

American manufacturing takes the spotlight nation-wide today as door and window companies everywhere celebrate the art of genuine production.

Officially named MFG DAY, the annual celebration is meant to “address common misconceptions 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,” according to its website.

Companies nationwide took part in Manufacturing Day to celebrate American-made products and manufacturing's contribution to the economy.

Companies nationwide took part in Manufacturing Day to celebrate American-made products and manufacturing’s contribution to the economy.

Northeast Building Products in Philadelphia hosted 20 students from local Edison High School along with Mayor Michael Notter and Councilman Bobby Henon. Owner and chief administrative officer Fran Levin sees the day as a great opportunity to educate.

“I think it’s extremely important for the U.S. and the growing of the economy – that manufacturing is put in the forefront especially in Philly because it’s a depressed market,” she says. “Manufacturing has pretty much left Philadelphia. Our mayor is pushing to bring it back to the city.

“These [students] who will tour our facility [will see] the importance of manufacturing to our city. [The point is] to show the kids how manufacturing works. We have a lot of top-level and mid-level executives home-grown from Philadelphia and had very successful growth here in our 40th year.”

Councilman Henon echoes Levin’s sentiments.

“I urge my fellow business leaders and our elected officials to take the lead in manufacturing Philadelphia’s future and prioritize the need to adequately educate our children, attract new business, and give our residents a quality of life that exceeds that of just a ‘decent’ wage,” he told makeitinphilly.com. “Manufacturing jobs do just that. We must be partners in teaching the lesson that manufacturing is good for the City and good for the citizens of Philadelphia.”

Lamatek also held activities for local students today. The company thinks the day could be a launching point for students’ future careers.

“Hopefully, by opening up shop floors around the country, manufacturers will be able to show modern manufacturing for what it is—a technology-driven industry that offers secure, competitive, well-paying jobs,” states Lamatek’s press release.

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