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2023 MFG DAY event – October 3rd, 2023

The focus of MFG DAY is to highlight the diversity of career opportunities AND demonstrate manufacturing as a S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) based industry.

For the 8th time, TRMA/TREP and our education partner, Joliet Junior College, executed a MFG DAY event for local students.  In 2023, there were OVER 800 students registered.  Coming from sixteen area high schools, students engaged with 170+ volunteers from industry.

  • Opening Program: David Kingsbury, Site Manager for INEOS Styrolution and the TRMA Chair, and Dr. Clyne Namuo, Joliet Junior College President, along with Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, Will County Executive, welcomed the students and provided a manufacturing overview.  Then, Jailen Bey, an up-and-coming motivational speaker, got the students to their feet and readied for the display, lunch and Jeopardy rotations.
  • Manufacturing Jeopardy: Students competed in a fun, fast paced game of Manufacturing Jeopardy with an experienced panel to learn manufacturing facts from 5 categories: Emerging (2025) Careers, Environment, Education, Jobs, and Safety.
  • 3 Areas for Display Case: 2023 boasted 55 displays from 53 manufacturers or related industry organizations.   Displays hosted a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) based display or career-oriented display to introduce students to careers and engage them in manufacturing.
  • Social Media: Photo backdrops were available for selfies or group photos to remember the experience.

MFG DAY emerged from the desire to make a “louder voice” for our local manufacturers. Being a vital industry for the US, manufacturing has a lot to celebrate. In the last few decades, technology, innovation and automation have almost completely transformed the industry’s jobs by automating repetitive, mundane, or dangerous tasks. So, today’s manufacturing recruitment focuses on people who can imagine, adapt, troubleshoot and communicate and make decisions. This shift has and will continue to result in a demand for a diverse, technical, and highly skilled manufacturing’s workforce.  The demand also extends into its related industries.

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