Manufacturing Day Promotes Participation and Education

Friday, Oct. 5, 2012 is Manufacturing Day! Several associations have joined together to create a national day dedicated to promoting manufacturing. The Fabricators and Manufacturers Assoc. (FMA), the National Assoc. of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Manufacturing Institute are all sponsors of this day that celebrates the plants and people who “make things”.

The Great Lakes Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (GLTAAC) is proud that several manufacturers that have been through its program are strong supporters of the program. For example, Koester Metals finished the TAA program about 7 years ago, and today runs operations in three facilities located in Defiance, OH and Fremont, IN. The Indiana and Ohio plants are offering public tours that will give visitors a behind the scenes look at custom fabrication of metal products for a number of industries, including control system integrators, aerospace, power distribution, energy and automation equipment. Caster Concepts of Albion, Michigan, a current TAAC firm, is opening its doors to families of employees a day early on Oct. 4th. Visitors will see some of Caster’s interesting equipment like laser cutters and a urethane processing furnace.

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