Today, manufacturers across Arkansas will participate in Manufacturing Day in partnership with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).

During this annual event, being led exclusively by the NAM and The Manufacturing Institute for the first time, companies open their doors to their communities to showcase the many career opportunities available through modern manufacturing.

“Manufacturing is the future, and our manufacturers are passionate about finding the next generation of innovators and inventors,” said Arkansas State Chamber/Associated Industries of Arkansas President & CEO Randy Zook. “Arkansas’s economy relies heavily on the manufacturing industry. It creates a wealth of jobs and opportunity for thousands of individuals. We are thrilled to be participating in Manufacturing Day and highlighting how important manufacturing is to our state, and our country.”

In Arkansas, 23 Manufacturing Day events have been planned in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Blytheville, Russellville, Midway, Texarkana, Fayetteville, Harrison, Springdale, Monticello, El Dorado and Ashdown. Some were held earlier this week, the majority will take place today and others will occur later this month and into November. For a list of the events, click here.

“On Manufacturing Day, America’s dreamers, doers and makers open our doors to modern manufacturing and unveil the opportunities that lie beyond them to students, parents, educators and community members across the country. It is our industry’s biggest stage to recruit and inspire next-generation manufacturers to create and build their—and our—future in America,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, who also serves as board chairman of The Manufacturing Institute. “The future of manufacturing also heavily depends on enacting bold tax reform, and today is a great opportunity to bring that message directly to the American people. Getting tax reform done will secure these jobs in the United States and mean even more Americans can enjoy rewarding, well-paying, high-tech, hands-on and exciting careers in modern manufacturing.”

Carolyn Lee, Executive Director of The Manufacturing Institute, agreed.

“Over the next decade, modern manufacturing will generate 3.5 million jobs openings. Through Manufacturing Day, the CreatorsWanted.org campaign and other critical programming, the NAM and The Manufacturing Institute have remained at the forefront of developing workforce solutions to help meet this need and close the skills gap that threatens to leave 2 million manufacturing jobs unfilled by 2025," said Lee. "Giving our young people and their parents the chance to see firsthand the promise of a career in modern manufacturing can turn the tide and combat the myths that harm the perception of manufacturing careers in America.”

A recent report co-authored by NAM and The Manufacturing Institute found that increased exposure to manufacturing is essential to encouraging more young people to pursue careers in the industry.

First held in 2012 along with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, Manufacturing Day gives manufacturers the opportunity to address the skills gaps they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry as a whole. Learn more about Manufacturing Day and the significant impact this event has across the nation here.