Manufacturing Day 2021

What is MFG Day?

Creators Wanted stated the following about MFG day: “Launched annually on the first Friday in October with events that continue throughout the month, MFG Day helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers, and community leaders. MFG Day empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges, so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

MFG Day is an initiative of The Manufacturing Institute, with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association as a founding partner. The Institute grows and supports the manufacturing industry’s skilled workers for the advancement of modern manufacturing. The Institute’s diverse initiatives support women, veterans, students, and workers through skills training programs, community building, and supporting the advancement of their career in manufacturing. As the workforce development and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Institute is a trusted adviser to manufacturers, equipping them with resources necessary to solve the industry’s toughest challenges.”

What Is DIT-MCO’s Part in MFG Day?

DIT-MCO is a manufacturer and supplier of wire harness test systems. We design and build our systems in-house. We ship and supply cable testing services all over the world and have been a leader in the wire harness testing industry for over 60 years. Even before wire harness analyzers, DIT-MCO manufactured and produced many different products. Most known for drive-in theater speakers, DIT-MCO also produced signage, children’s toys, and even a rotary (present-day lawn mower). Since 1948, we have been a proud manufacturer of numerous products. Now, we have over 100 employees making what we do possible. There are many departments within our building, continually working together to provide our customers with quality test systems.

Why is MFG Day Important?

MFG Day aims to share important insight into the manufacturing industry as a whole. Here are three facts about the manufacturing industry, taken from the National Association of Manufacturers. Read all 18 facts at here.

“There were 12.4 million manufacturing workers in July 2021.” According to the National Association of Manufacturers, in 2019 the manufacturing industry made up 8.51% of the workforce in the US.

“By 2030, 4 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed.” With a retiring workforce, the manufacturing industry employment numbers will be drastically reduced. If those 4 million jobs aren’t filled, there could be significant ramifications not only in the manufacturing industry but industry wide.

“The majority of manufacturing firms in the United States are quite small.” When you think about manufacturing, it is easy to picture plants with thousands of employees. The reality is that most of the manufacturing firms in the United States are like DIT-MCO or even smaller.