Today is National Manufacturing Day. It is a day to celebrate manufacturing in America. Very often manufacturing gets a bad reputation. For a long time, it was true that manufacturing plants were dirty and unsafe. Manufacturing jobs were often strenuous and tedious, and the threat of working in a factory was good motivation to get an advanced degree or go to college. While you can still find places that fit this description, many more plants can prove that modern U.S. manufacturing has gone in a very different direction. We’re not only celebrating National Manufacturing Day, we’re devoting all of October to Manufacturing Month.
At Staub Machine Company, we’re proud to represent advanced manufacturing in our community. In Western New York manufacturing is an important, and growing, part of the economy. We
belong to the WNY Machine Shop Association and the Buffalo Niagara Manufacturing Alliance, in addition to the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. Each of these organizations is working hard this month to help bring manufacturing out of the shadows. The Buffalo Niagara Partnership has actually deemed October “Manufacturing Month”. Take a look at what we’ve got lined up:
- Manufacturing Day Celebration at The Charter School for Applied Technologies, presented by the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.
- WNY Machine Shop Association comes to Staub for a plant tour.
- The Buffalo Niagara Partnership visits Staub as its featured Manufacturing Month business.
- WNY Dream It Do It is bringing students from Lake Shore’s Advanced Manufacturing Class for a tour of our Grimsby Drive facility.
- The BNMA is hosting Manufacturing Night, where Staub will display and feature live 3D Printing!
- WNY Dream It Do It is hosting the Erie and Niagara Manufacturing Expo, in which high school students from Western New York will learn about local manufacturing companies and career opportunities. We’ll feature live 3D Printing here as well!
Busy is an understatement, but promoting our industry is so important. For Manufacturing Month, we’ve teamed up with these organizations because we truly want manufacturing to shine once again. It is a major priority of our President Tony Staub to help bring manufacturing into the spotlight. Another partner company is Insyte Consulting, who is working with us in a number of ways.
Ben Rand of Insyte spoke at length this morning about the amount of economic activity that manufacturing companies have generated in Western New York. Mayor Byron Brown pointed to the groundbreaking for Solar City in Riverbend last week as an example of manufacturing growth in the city of Buffalo. All of this is very promising, so it will be imperative to have a highly skilled, trained workforce to fulfill the needs of the industry.
The Charter School for Applied Technologies (CSAT) is working hard to develop a curriculum that prepares students for jobs in technical fields. We got the opportunity to tour the advanced manufacturing labs, which focus on teaching skills like data analysis, welding, 3D modeling, and programming. The labs have high end equipment and enthusiastic teachers. The school is partnering with RIT to help students earn college credit towards engineering degrees. The most impressive statistic that we heard today? CSAT has a 98% graduation rate, and 84% of those students go on to pursue a 2 or 4 year degree!
Getting young people interested in a career in manufacturing is important for the continued growth of our industry. A strong, capable, educated workforce is one of the major keys to manufacturing success in the United States. Do you see an opportunity to promote manufacturing? Please contact us, we’d love to hear your idea!