October is Manufacturing Month – Sharing the Benefits of Manufacturing

October is Manufacturing Month, a month where manufacturers and manufacturing associations concentrate their efforts to teach the public about our industry and to show the many benefits of careers in manufacturing through events and other educational outreach.

The initiative started in 2012 as a day known as MFG Day, created by Founding Partner Fabricators and Manufacturers Association, International. Since then, MFG Day has grown rapidly and has been stretched to the entire month. Ohio leads the nation in the number of MFG Day events, with a large concentration of the events in the Dayton region.

French will host three days of tours for students, educators and school career counselors, with an estimated total of over 400 guests. During these tours we show our guests the types of career opportunities in manufacturing, that require every level of education, from a high school diploma to an advanced degree.


Why Are MFG Day and Month So Important?

Manufacturing job openings have been growing at double-digit rates since mid-2017. Which is great news, except that businesses, like ours, are having an increasingly difficult time hiring skilled workers for these jobs. A Deloitte study reveals that the skills gap may leave an estimated 2.4 million positions unfilled between 2018 and 2028, with a potential economic impact of $2.5 trillion.

The best way to work on filling these estimated open jobs is to encourage more students to choose paths toward careers in manufacturing by educating them on the benefits of working within the industry.

The most common benefit we hear from manufacturing workers is the satisfying reward of the job. Products for Boeing, Coca-Cola, EvenFlo, Goodyear, Honda, KitchenAid, Tesla and many more companies are made in the Dayton Region. With a career in manufacturing you create products that are used by millions of people around the world every day and products that enhance our communities and make people’s lives better.

Just recently, Golf Digest published a story “How the business of making golf balls saved four small American towns” that shows a French hydraulic press in use at a Callaway manufacturing plant in Chicopee, Massachusetts. Playing a role in something that has such a profound economic impact as described in the story gives our employees a great sense of pride in what we do every day.

In addition, manufacturing careers provide stable employment with better than average wages and a solid work-life balance. According to Making Ohio, the typical manufacturing work week is 42 hours, allowing manufacturing workers to spend a fair amount of time with their families or doing something else they love.

More Fact About Manufacturing:

  • 12.6% of all (unemployment-insurance covered) Ohio workers were employed in manufacturing in 2018, up from 12.4% in 2017.
  • One out of every five of Miami County’s workers were employed in manufacturing in 2016.
  • There are over 14,000 manufacturing companies in the state of Ohio ranging from small to large businesses.
  • Almost 50% of Ohio manufacturing firms employ fewer than 10 people, while 0.4% of firms employ more than 1,000.
  • Year after year, Ohio manufacturing continues to lead all industry sectors in total wages.
  • The average annual wage of a manufacturing worker in Ohio is $60,002.
  • In 2018, Ohio exported $54.3B in goods to 210 countries and territories. This is an increase of 8.4% over 2017.

Careers Manufacturing:

  • Assembly
  • Engineering
  • Executive Assistant
  • Finance
  • Machining
  • Purchasing & Sourcing
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Shipping & Logistics
  • Welding
  • and more

Visit Making Ohio for detailed job descriptions of the many types of manufacturing jobs, the education needed and salary information.

Manufacturing Resources

For those interested in exploring careers in Manufacturing, the following resources can help you plan your future: