“With ingenuity and a determined spirit, hardworking Americans are creating products and unlocking new technologies that will shape our Nation and grow our economy… On National Manufacturing Day, we celebrate all those who proudly stand behind our goods and services made in America, and we renew our commitment to winning the race for the jobs of tomorrow.”
– President Obama, Manufacturing Day 2014 Proclamation
American manufacturing is world-class aircraft engines, next-generation electronics, life-saving biopharmaceuticals, and cutting-edge automobiles. It is inspirational entrepreneurs that run urban factories started in dorm rooms, and revolutionary technologies enabling products we never thought possible, from bendable electronics to synthetic organs. It is a resurgent industry, emerging from the near-collapse of the Great Recession, where more than 800,000 manufacturing jobs have been added since February 2010—the first sustained job growth in the sector since the 1990s. And it is an industry that is local, where Made in America’s competitive edge is rooted in the talent and resilience of strong communities and the world’s most productive workers.
Manufacturing Day is an annual celebration of the strength of American manufacturing and an opportunity to educate and motivate the next generation of manufacturers.
Last year, Manufacturing Day inspired factories, colleges, and cities to hold more than 2,600 manufacturing showcases across all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. More than 400,000 people experienced first-hand what is made in their communities and the skills needed to pursue rewarding manufacturing careers by touring plants, exploring career opportunities, collaborating in hackathons, and celebrating local manufacturing communities.
These experiences matter—after participating in Manufacturing Day events, a recent study found that 81 percent of students and 91 percent of educators were more convinced that manufacturing provides careers that are interesting and rewarding, helping to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.
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