GMN Plastics, the plastics division of GM Nameplate (GMN), participated in National Manufacturing Day today by hosting 40 students from a local high school. National Manufacturing Day is put on by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, the National Association of Manufacturers, and the Manufacturing Extension Partnership. The day is meant to build public awareness of manufacturing careers and to underscore the large role that the industry plays in the U.S. economy. There are many preconceived notions about manufacturing and MFG Day attempts to show that it is a very technical industry where skills are learned on the job rather than in a university classroom.
Renee Wakeen, HR Manager of GMN Plastics, described the day as, “a great opportunity to connect with the community and share insight into the plastics manufacturing industry.”
The event consisted of a plant tour which allowed students to see facility operations. While in the plant, students participated in a hands-on activity that allowed them to interact with the plastic manufacturing processes. Students were able to take part in building their own whistles, a project that allowed them to see the lifecycle of a part from molding to decorating to final assembly. Each student left with a whistle that they had helped make themselves.
Students learned about job training, skills needed for manufacturing positions, and career opportunities within the industry. GMN Plastics was happy to host the students for a successful Manufacturing Day event.