Helping Inspire Next Generation of Workers to Pursue Manufacturing Careers

Toshiba Machine is helping the U.S. secure its leadership position in the global manufacturing marketplace by inspiring the next generation of workers to pursue careers in the industry.

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Toshiba Machine, a major supplier of electric and hydraulic injection molding machines, has taken on a new challenge – to help the U.S. secure its leadership position in the global manufacturing marketplace by inspiring the next generation of workers to pursue careers in the industry.

With that in mind, Toshiba will host students and their teachers from local high schools, community colleges and universities for their first annual Manufacturing Day. Comprised of live injection molding machine demonstrations and presentations by plastics industry leaders, it’s designed to make students more aware of the U.S. manufacturing market as well as the career opportunities it offers. The event will be held from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm at Toshiba Machine America’s corporate headquarters, 755 Greenleaf Avenue in Elk Grove Village, IL.

“We’ve been diligently working on a program that would increase the next generation’s awareness of manufacturing, especially in Illinois, so that we can maintain America’s strength in the global economy,” said Toshiba Machine America General Manager Tom McKevitt.

The timing could not be better, especially with the national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) strategy focused on increasing students’ proficiency in core fields. “In my opinion, we also need to address the fundamentals of manufacturing, which are needed to bring the younger generation’s fresh new ideas to market.”

Manufacturing Day is a critical first step in that process. At the event, Toshiba will demonstrate injection molding systems, machine tools and SCARA robotics and explain how they’re used to manufacture products for a variety of industries. They’ll also provide an overview of the plastics industry and the types of jobs that are available. Guest speakers include Michael Taylor, Senior Director, International Affairs and Trade, Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) and Omar A. Ghrayeb, Associate Dean, Outreach and Undergraduate Programs, Northern Illinois University.

Also making presentations at the event will be plastics industry business leaders from Meadoworks, Paulson Training Programs, Inc., RJG, Inc., Reiloy Westland Corporation and Yushin America, Inc.

Toshiba’s Manufacturing Day is one of over 600 events that will be taking place across the U.S. on October 3. They’re all part of “MFG Day 2014,” a grass-roots movement dedicated to overcoming the challenges facing today’s manufacturers. Co-sponsors include Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International; National Association of Manufacturers; Manufacturing Institute; and Manufacturing Extension Partnership (part of the Dept. of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology).

For more information on Toshiba Machine America’s Manufacturing Day, including driving directions and a link for registration, please go to MFGday.com/ events/2014/toshiba-machine-america