Manufacturing is continuously growing and evolving, and is essentially becoming a stronger career choice for students entering the next generation of the workforce. On the first Friday of October, it is officially “Manufacturing Day!” The day is quickly approaching, and was designed to encourage industry professionals to network, gain new business connections, and educate the next generation of workers in a way that will increase industry awareness and focus on our youth and emerging technologies.

In many cases, those coming from a non-manufacturing background have been under the impression that manufacturing jobs are disappearing due to the increase of automation/ robotic equipment, and that all of the skilled labor is being sent overseas. That is not the case, anymore. Manufacturing Day will help to “address those common misperceptions, and gives manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t.”

Manufacturing today is not what it used to be. The costs associated with wage differentials in China and the USA have decreased dramatically – and the popularity of sending jobs overseas is starting to cease. In addition to the labor costs increasing overseas, energy costs are decreasing here in America – making the U.S. far more attractive than it has been in the past.

Manufacturers around the country, including DOD, are participating in Manufacturing Day in one way or another, to educate the public about the diverse range of opportunities that go unheard of in Manufacturing. It is a day to bring awareness, combat misconceptions, and celebrate the renaissance that is returning to the USA. As a company that prides itself in our expertise and knowledge in gas detection systems and solutions – we are excited to pass our knowledge and know-how down to those interested in entering the emerging industry!