Manufacturing Day® is a national celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers and occurs annually on the first Friday in October.
MF Supply was proud to be a Blue level sponsor of New Jersey Manufacturing Day, organized by the NJMEP, which brought together manufacturers, students, supporters, government representatives and industry expert speakers at the Marigold in Somerset from 7:30A-2:30p today, October 5th.
We attended 2 breakout sessions: The first session “Driving Industry Growth through Innovative Technology, Education and Government Support” featured private and public sector experts who discussed their approach to problem solving a myriad of business issues and red tape. I met the Executive Director of the NJ Business Action Center, Melanie Willoughby who is known as “The Fixer”. She told us how she helped a NJ manufacturer get a special crosswalk built on a state road so their workers could walk directly from their plant to the deli across the street. It’s the little things that count!
The second session “Women in Manufacturing Roundtable Discussion” featured three powerhouse women representing the food, machine shop and clothing/sewing manufacturing industries. It was inspiring to hear how these three women are growing their businesses in the male dominated manufacturing space. Perhaps the coolest story was told by panelist Tom Bergeron, the Editor of ROI-NJ. He introduced us to the camp Tools and Tiaras, where this part summer, his daughter learned how to solder and build from industry experts in the housing and building industries. Resources for women are expanding and the the future for Women in Manufacturing looks very bright!
Other breakout sessions included:
- Tariffs – How to Apply For Exclusions
- Emerging Topics in Food Safety
- Tips for Recruiting, Retaining And Linking into Underutilized Talent Pools
- 2018 Tax Reform – How to Make The Changes Work In Your Favor
Check out the manufacturing day activities and Manufacturing Award winner announcements in your neck of the woods by visiting your state’s Manufacturing Extension Program wesbite or the Manufacturing Day website for more info.
For more information about MF Supply contact:
Robin Lieberman, President