“Manufacturing Day” Announces Edge Factor as New Media Partner

The latter company is dedicated to telling the stories of manufacturers of products that affect the economy and peoples’ lives.

The partner organizations that produce “Manufacturing Day” across North America have announced that Edge Factor has joined the production team as a Media Partner. Edge Factor is a media production company dedicated to telling the stories about those who design and build incredible products that affect lives and, ultimately, the future of our economy.

In addition to its pure entertainment value, Edge Factor uses its media as the basis for comprehensive educational programming called eduFACTOR, which is distributed via schoolwide subscriptions. eduFACTOR is a membership-based library of high impact stories and tools meant to inspire the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs and manufacturers.

eduFACTOR empowers STEM teachers to use real life stories that make learning concepts relevant to students and provides tech teachers with turnkey, hands-on Maker Projects, Interactive Labs, Career and Technical Lesson Plans, and more. It also assists guidance counselors as they work with students to make informed career decisions.

“Manufacturing is filled with compelling stories, and Edge Factor tells these kinds of stories in a manner that has you on the edge of your seat,” said Ed Youdell, president and CEO of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, one of the four co-producers of Manufacturing Day. “We are delighted that Edge Factor producer, Jeremy Bout, and his production team have agreed to join us and share their storytelling talents with the Manufacturing Day movement.”

“There will always be schools that can’t take their students to a live Manufacturing Day event,” says Jeremy Bout. “They may simply be too far from the nearest manufacturing plant or their budget limitations may make a field trip impossible. We believe these schools should be able to participate, and the virtual event package we are developing for Manufacturing Day will make that possible. With an eduFACTOR membership, schools that participate in live events will also be able to gain access to the virtual program, which will give them an opportunity to continue the learning experience after a Manufacturing Day field trip has come and gone.” Edge Factor's 2015 Partners include Mastercam, the Gene Haas Foundation, Sandvik Coromant and Modern Machine Shop, a sister publication of MoldMaking Technology.

Manufacturing Day is an annual national event, executed at the local level by more than a 1,500 manufacturers across North America that host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers. A panel of co-producers including the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and guest producer Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM) provide the centralized support necessary to coordinate this nationwide array of simultaneous events. The national media partners for the event are the Science Channel and Edge Factor, and the national movie partner is American Made Movie.

To learn more about Manufacturing Day and how to participate in Manufacturing Day 2015 events, please visit www.mfgday.com.