Dark, Dirty and Dangerous No More: Manufacturing Day Attempts to Dispel Lingering Perceptions

Dark, Dirty and Dangerous No More: Manufacturing Day Attempts to Dispel Lingering Perceptions

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Toyota Plants Hold Events to Educate Students About Careers in Manufacturing

PLANO, Texas (October 13, 2017) – “After you graduate, we would like you to go to work in a factory,” said no parents, ever. Dispelling the lingering perception that careers in manufacturing are dark, dirty and dangerous has been the mission of the National Manufacturing Association’s Manufacturing Day since 2012.
Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturing professionals. It is celebrated the first Friday in October (this year October 6).
Companies and community organizations plan their events on that date or at other dates in October with the goal of introducing students, parents and educators to the wide range of careers in manufacturing.
“We need to change the perceptions of parents, teachers, counselors and the students themselves about careers in manufacturing,” said Leah Curry, president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia (TMMWV) and member of the board of advisors of the Manufacturing Institute. “Manufacturing provides a wide range of stable, rewarding and enriching careers with some of the best companies in the country.” 
This year all of Toyota’s U.S. manufacturing plants held Manufacturing Day events, including career fairs, robotics events, plant tours, parent nights and chamber of commerce events.

Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today. 
Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com

Mike Triebsch
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Jannette Hostettler, Toyota Indiana general manager, speaks to parents of local high school students who were invited to the plant for a Manufacturing Day parent’s night.  This year’s event focused specifically on women in manufacturing. Hostettler led a panel discussion that featured six women who work at the plant as engineers, production managers, skilled maintenance team members and group leaders. 

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High School Students from San Antonio area FIRST Robotics teams participate in a robotics demonstration at the San Antonio plant for Manufacturing Day. Students toured the plant and participated in activities designed to promote careers in manufacturing. 

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Students listen to an instructor from the Huntsville STEAM Works during Manufacturing Day activities at Toyota Alabama. The Huntsville plant announced a $90,000 grant to the organization on Manufacturing Day that will create a mobile fabrication lab to tour local schools and provide students with hands-on learning experiences.

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