Record-Breaking Event Highlights Value of Manufacturing

Unveiled at IMTS, the world’s largest coin mosaic is intended to raise public awareness of manufacturing career options and the importance of the industry to the U.S. economy.

Although large numbers can be abstract, an event at the recent International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) took a step toward ensuring the manufacturing industry’s contribution to the U.S. economy is anything but. That figure—more than $65,000 every second—took material form Wednesday, September 10 in the parking lot of Chicago’s Soldier Field, where cutting tool manufacturer Sandvik Coromant unveiled a massive coin mosaic that set a new Guinness World Record. This per-second contribution is reflected in more than just the design of the 29- by 29-foot mosaic, which covered a total of 841 square feet. Consisting of a total of roughly 60,000 quarters, 55,000 dollar coins, 50,000 pennies, 10,000 nickels and 10,000 dimes, the work of art was valued at roughly $65,000.

“We want people to understand just how much money manufacturing contributes to the U.S. economy every second, and this mosaic will be a fun way to visually bring that to life,” said Eduardo Martin, President Market Area Americas Sandvik Coromant. “It also helps the next generation of workers realize the vast opportunity that exists within our industry and see manufacturing as an advantageous career choice.”

Following the unveiling of the mosaic, Sandvik Coromant and event sponsors Amazon, Haas Automation, Gene Haas Foundation, Okuma, Doosan, Blackhawk Industrial and Quality Mill Supply presented a check to The Manufacturing Institute to support its mission. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization will use the large donation to help students take advantage of STEM education. The donation will also help the organization fund summer camps and initiatives including “Dream it. Do it.,” a manufacturing workforce recruitment program, and STEP Ahead, a women-in-manufacturing initiative. To donate to the cause, visit: “We hope this effort will help future generations to see the manufacturing industry as a great career path and encourage them to take advantage of the opportunities that STEM-education provides,” said Jennifer McNelly, President of The Manufacturing Institute.