2018 Manufacturing Day Set for October 4
ERIE – More than 2,000 students, educators, as well as business and community leaders are expected to attend the fifth annual Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) celebration — one of the largest Manufacturing Day events in the country — from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, October 4, at the Bayfront Convention Center, 1 Sassafras Pier. All media are invited to attend.
According to organizers, this year’s event will be “an amazing exhibition of innovation, technology and career opportunities in today’s manufacturing industry,” thanks to a combination of manufacturers, vendors, high school and higher education institutions providing more than 60 exhibits, programs and demonstrations, designed for participants to experience innovative manufacturing technology in a hands-on, interactive environment.
“We believe that by working together, we can promote the importance of a robust and innovative manufacturing industry — the most powerful force behind our nation’s economy, which continues to provide outstanding career opportunities for our young people,” said John Krahe, president and chief executive officer of the Manufacturer & Business Association, which helps present MFG Day every year.
The culmination of the 2018 event is the noontime Appreciation and Recognition Rally, which includes a keynote address by local manufacturer Bill Hilbert Jr., president of Reddog Industries, and the presentation of the 2018 Patrick R. Locco Scholarship Awards. The Locco Awards were created by the Association to recognize outstanding high school students who distinguish themselves in pursuit of technical and academic excellence.
Nominees for the 2018 awards include:
- Corry Area Career and Technical Center: Kurtis Martin, Cody Northrop, William Dorn, Adam Sventek and Derek Steele
- Crawford County Career and Technical Center: Christian Nichols, Bradley Forkl, Corbin Hargenrater and Abigail Larson
- Erie County Technical School: Andrew Sebald, Taylor Haas, Ben Porter and Joshua Larson
- Erie High School: Nicholas Panochko, Abdulla Iznorov, Maxim Dyachkin and Thomas Kenohan
- Mercer County Career Center: Devin Kerr, Mason Tyree and Ashtin Conn
Manufacturing Day is presented by the Manufacturer & Business Association, Advanced Diversified Manufacturing Industry Partnership, National Machining and Tooling Association, Career Street, and more than 25 area sponsors.
The MFG Day event also precedes the MBA’s 113th Annual Event with keynote speaker and “Shark Tank” star Daymond John, starting later that day at 5 p.m. October 4.
For more information or to register, visit www.pamfgday.com.