Manufacturing will take local spotlight Oct. 4
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To The Editor:

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the June 2013 numbers show that 215,000 manufacturing jobs are unfilled in the United States. This is largely due to a gap in the job requirements and the skills of those seeking work within the manufacturing sector.

For Cleveland Associated Industries, a manufacturing organization that consists of 28 member-companies and represents over 6,000 employees in Cleveland/Bradley County, this is a perfect time to introduce our future workforce to the world of manufacturing.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), The Manufacturing Institute, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA) and the U.S. Commerce Department’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) will celebrate National Manufacturing Day on Oct. 4, 2013. Cleveland Associated Industries will partner with the three public high schools in Cleveland and Bradley County to host 600 sophomores at 11 CAI-member businesses on National Manufacturing Day.

CAI’s goal is to introduce the students to manufacturing and to follow the objective of National Manufacturing Day: “To address common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. Manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.”

Host companies will provide the students with information about the types of positions/careers they offer, advancement opportunities, educational coursework sought when hiring and other pertinent company information. The students will then take a plant tour to see the manufacturing process and the environment firsthand.

Manufacturing Day will draw greater attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide and will promote the pursuit of skills that will lead to a long-term career offering security and growth for qualified candidates. Hopefully, by opening up shop floors, we will be able to show modern manufacturing for what it is — a sleek, technology-driven industry that offers secure, good-paying jobs.

Bradley County ranks eighth in Tennessee for annual average manufacturing employment. Manufacturing also provides a strong employment base here in Cleveland, offering wonderful jobs with good pay and advancement opportunities. We believe our students will discover many perks in our local manufacturing sector through exposure to CAI’s member businesses on National Manufacturing Day.

— Lisa Pickel

Executive Director

Cleveland Associated Industries