October is Manufacturing Month
Manufacturing has been through a lot this year and is entering an important time not only in 2020, but for the future of the industry. October is Manufacturing Month — the perfect opportunity to bring awareness to the challenges the manufacturing industry faces, as well as the opportunities and advantages of domestic manufacturing in today’s globalized world.
This October, broad efforts are being made to bolster industry following disruptions from COVID-19. State and Federal initiatives aim to kickstart manufacturing not just into 2021, but into the next decade.
A look back at Manufacturing Month
Manufacturing Month is actually an extension of Manufacturing Day, held annually on the first Friday in October, with events that continue throughout the month. According to the Manufacturing Institute, originators of Manufacturing Day, the recognition “empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.”
Beyond highlighting the challenges and opportunities of domestic manufacturing, Manufacturing Month also seeks to highlight groups within the industry vital to its success. The purpose is to cast light on “initiatives that support women, veterans, students and workers through skills training programs, community building, and supporting the advancement of their career in manufacturing.”
Manufacturing Month 2020
Manufacturing Month is a nationwide initiative, recognized in unique ways by state and local legislators, as well as manufacturers within different sectors of industry. This year, numerous organizations have already begun making headlines with strong initiatives designed to bring accessibility to a manufacturing industry hampered by COVID-19.
Some organizations are focused on education, like Edmonds College, which is hosting virtual events for STEM students throughout October. Legislators also are getting involved, like Arizona Governor Doug Ducey, who has used Manufacturing Month to highlight the strong uptick in manufacturing the state has seen in recent years, while encouraging other producers to relocate to the state. Manufacturing evangelists and thought leaders are raising their voices as well, kicking off speaking engagements and seminars to help jumpstart conversations pertinent to revitalizing domestic manufacturing.
The recently released September 2020 Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business® serves as a perfect backdrop for Manufacturing Month, showing industry strength at a time when many are still reeling from COVID-19. The initiatives taking place this month serve to reinforce a strong domestic manufacturing economy headed into a pivotal election season.
Manufacturing raises its voice during election season
Election season promises to be divisive and tumultuous, regardless of the outcome. Manufacturing’s strongest voices see it as a stark opportunity to make this industry heard as Manufacturing Month leads into Election Day.
Many groups, like the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, are urging manufacturing workers to not only vote, but to speak up and make their voice heard by local legislators. At a time when trade tensions are high, reshoring efforts are ongoing, and manufacturing takes center stage as a bipartisan topic, it’s vital for organizations, individuals, and producers to demand investment in domestic manufacturing.
Manufacturing Month is an important opportunity for industry. In 2020 especially, there’s a lot riding on manufacturing and the continued conversations we’re having about it.