What do you get when you engage 60 students, mentors, civic stakeholders and manufacturers? A recipe to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.
That’s what Manufacturing Day is all about.
More than 2,300 manufacturers from across the nation joined Toyota Bodine Aluminum by opening their doors to offer students insightful, onsite experiences and educate them about potential careers in manufacturing.
“Seeing is believing! Often times a stigma exists among young people that manufacturing is a dark and dirty environment. Manufacturing Day is designed to offer students a positive perception of manufacturing and open their eyes to the highly technical environment that exists among the majority of manufacturers today,” said Wes Woods, general manager administration at Toyota Bodine.
Manufacturing Day activities like the one at Toyota Bodine not only foster positive perceptions of industry, but they also provide a chance for students to see various manufacturing career options that are innovative and impactful. An estimated 2 million manufacturing jobs will go unfilled over the next decade due to a company’s inability to find talent with necessary technical skills.
Since manufacturers make what matters, Toyota Bodine teamed up with two other local manufacturers, Elite Tool and Die and Menne Tool and Die; state and local chambers, educators, state leaders, and civic partners to host this year’s event.
“The number one thing I hear from business owners across my district is a need for technically-educated employees. This partnership between Bodine and local employers, along with the State Technical College, solution that can be used statewide,” said Missouri Senator Jeanie Riddle.
Following Manufacturing Day, participating students will compete in a video competition spearheaded by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Dream It Do It to highlight “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” Students will create videos featuring local manufacturing facilities. The contest is designed to help students get a first-hand look at the opportunities that manufacturing careers provide.
Toyota Bodine Aluminum is committed to developing skills and career opportunities for students in the region through donations and programs such as the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program and cooperative learning partnerships with colleges.
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 30 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 44,000 people (more than 34,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.8 million cars and trucks (nearly 2.5 million in the U.S.) in 2015 – and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today.