Production Machining

AUG 2014

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Page 20 of 99 :: 19 We've tasked Mr. Rivas and Mr. Hamblen with helping us get the word out about it among their peers. Now that the schools' administrations have a better idea of what we do at Turo and what Manufacturing Day is, we hope they will encourage more students and faculty to come." MFG Day goes a long way to helping improve the im- age of manufacturing among the community and the next generation. "Manufacturing pays good wages, provides good bene- fts, and it's a stable feld. Tat information needs to get out there," Albert Turo says. Get Involved with MFG Day PMPA, a silver sponsor of MFG Day, ofers supplemental materials to members participating in MFG Day. Last year, the association provided an electronic kit containing career information, resources and videos. "PMPA member precision machine shops will be host- ing open houses for their communities, schools and lo- cal ofcials on October 3," Miles Free, director of industry research and technology at PMPA, says. "Te events will showcase the great technology and career opportunities in advanced manufacturing companies." If you're interested in hosting a MFG Day event at your company, here are some tips for a successful event: • Identify your target audience/audiences. Based on the needs of your organization, some potential audiences to invite include local technical school and high school ad- ministration, faculty and students; local and regional poli- ticians; local and trade media; family and friends of your employees or the local community as a whole. • Put together a simple agenda. Include time to introduce your company and tailor your event to the audience that you're inviting. • Plan informative and interactive activities. Plant tours, "day-in-the life" and question and answer sessions at the end are activities that are easy to arrange and are efective. • Promote your event. List your event with, use your network to promote, and personally invite your tar- get audience and promote your event through your existing channels including on your website and social media. Even if you can't host an event on October 3, consider inviting local technical school classes or public ofcials to your facility to learn about manufacturing in their communities. For more details on MFG Day, visit the PMPA Education Foundation blog, Your Career Facts, at yourcareerfacts .com/?s=MFG+Day. CONTRIBUTOR Rachel Kerstetter is a consultant for PMPA. Photo courtesy of Julie Allegretti, LIFT

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