U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell to Speak at Manufacturing Day Kickoff at Michigan Science Center

What:

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell, federal government officials, Detroit-area manufacturers, and business and community leaders will welcome local schoolchildren for a Manufacturing Day news conference and kickoff on Friday, Oct. 2, as part of a nationwide effort to draw greater attention to modern manufacturing and the rewarding career opportunities available in the manufacturing sector.

Following the kickoff at the Michigan Science Center, local manufacturers and training facilities will welcome middle and high school students at their sites to see firsthand the safe, high-tech and innovative work environments awaiting those who pursue manufacturing careers. School administrators can register student groups for local events at www.mfgday.com.

Manufacturing Day events in Metro Detroit include special activities and offers at anchor sites such as free admission for The Ford Rouge Factory Tour at The Henry Ford in Dearborn for school groups with advance reservations (call 313.982.6001), machinist training demonstrations at Focus: HOPE, interactive exhibits at the Michigan Science Center, along with plant tours and career talks at General Motors facilities and Detroit Manufacturing Systems, and manufacturing simulations at M-TEC at Henry Ford College. Detroit Employment Solutions Corporation will provide free bus transportation for registered school groups.

Who:

Government Officials
Special Assistant to the President and National Economic Council Deputy Director Jason Miller
Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary Marcus Jadotte
Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, Representing the 12th District of Michigan

Anchor Sites
Focus: HOPE Manufacturing and R&D Director Tim Sullivan
Michigan Science Center President and CEO Dr. Tonya Matthews
The Henry Ford CEO Patricia Mooradian

U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council
Dr. Susan Smyth, Council Chair & General Motors Chief Scientist
Andra M. Rush, Workforce Development Subcommittee Co-Chair & Rush Group CEO
Christie Wong Barrett, Innovation and R&D Subcommittee Co-Chair & Mac Arthur Corporation CEO

Visuals:

–News conference speakers deliver remarks at the lectern and grant interviews
–Focus on manufacturing training and careers
–Schoolchildren and educators gather to hear speakers and experience interactive exhibits

When:

Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
10:00 a.m. (ET) Introduction
10:05 a.m. (ET) Remarks from Dignitaries
10:25 a.m. (ET) Program Concludes

WHERE:

Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R St., Detroit, Mich. 48202

Why:

Manufacturing Day aims to bring attention to the increasing demand for highly skilled manufacturing professionals who can design, program and operate technology. By 2025, nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will become available across the U.S., but 2 million may be left unfilled if the skilled labor shortage goes unchecked. Manufacturing Day helps build awareness of modern manufacturing, its rewarding careers and its role as an economic driver, among young people and the larger community. More information is available at www.mfgday.com.