Metcam Welcomes Schools, Businesses, Community for Manufacturing Day: October 7, 2016
Tour Demonstrates Exciting Careers in Manufacturing, Technological Advances, Lean Manufacturing Principles and the Importance of Manufacturing to U.S. Economy
To draw attention to the many rewarding, high-paying careers available in manufacturing and to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation's economy, Metcam, a fabricator of sheet metal components and assemblies for OEMs, will once again celebrate national Manufacturing Day on October 7, 2016 by opening its doors to local schools, businesses and members of the community.
“This Manufacturing Day we’re looking forward to educating young people and the entire community about the great careers available in manufacturing. Our goal is to form strong partnerships with local schools to help educators understand the skills students need in order to pursue high-paying careers in manufacturing,” said Bruce Hagenau, President of Metcam.
Open House and Facility Tour
Metcam is hosting an open house on October 7 from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at its manufacturing facility located at 305 Tidwell Circle in Alpharetta, Georgia. The open house will allow visitors a behind the scenes look at Lean Manufacturing principles that are employed in manufacturing to eliminate waste from processes and provide increased productivity and sustainable growth.
The tour will conclude with a visit to the production control center where refreshments will be served and guests can learn more about careers in manufacturing. Special arrangements have been made for students from five local high schools to tour Metcam’s facility the morning of October 7.
Tours are scheduled to begin every 15 minutes throughout the afternoon of October 7. Guests will be provided with safety glasses and hearing protection devices. Covered shoes (no sandals or high heels) are required. Students under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parents or teachers. Student groups of more than five persons must register in advance.
About Manufacturing Day
Manufacturing Day is an annual national event, executed at the local level that supports hundreds of manufacturers across the nation that host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. A panel of co-producers comprised of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and guest producer Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM) provide the centralized support necessary to coordinate this nationwide array of simultaneous events. The national media partner for the event is the Science Channel and the national movie partner is American Made Movie.
“The co-producers of Manufacturing Day are gratified to see that each year companies are becoming more engaged and expanding the reach of the celebrations they produce,” said Ed Youdell, president and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association. “In just five short years MFG Day has grown from a few hundred companies hosting a few thousand attendees to thousands of companies and hundreds of thousands of attendees – all based on local, grassroots activity. Metcam provides a great example of this.”
About the Manufacturing Industry
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 participating in Manufacturing Day, companies like Metcam in Alpharetta, Georgia, hope to show that manufacturing is a solid, long-term career choice for qualified candidates-including the young people who will form the workforce of tomorrow.
Metcam is a fabricator of precision sheet metal components and assemblies for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) representing a wide variety of industries including telecommunications, electronics and HVAC. Metcam’s advanced metalworking capabilities include laser cutting, punching, forming, hardware insertion, welding (including robotics), powder painting, silkscreen and parts assembly. Metcam also assists clients with product design and manufacturability to reduce their total cost of production. Metcam’s award-winning service, combined with an aggressive focus on quality, environmental management and lean manufacturing, simplifies the outsourcing decision for firms worldwide.