Colorado Springs got an extra dose of manufacturing awareness during National Manufacturing Week this year.
At Diversified Machine Systems (DMS), we reported on Colorado Springs’ manufacturing community collaboration for National Manufacturing Week intended to increase manufacturing awareness and to help close the workforce skills gap, with events such as the first annual SOCOM Expo and coordinated MFG Day Tours. Colorado Springs, CO (PRWEB) October 09, 2014 – Last week was big news for manufacturing – National Manufacturing Week surged with 1,600+ events occurring nationwide. MFG Day – the Friday of National Manufacturing Week – an initiative developed in 2012 raises awareness about the manufacturing sector and the large industry skills gap. And it works to tell the story of American Manufacturing with the #WeAreMFG hashtag on social media. The nationwide response to the movement was so great this year, it represented an 800% increase in participation – and the local Colorado Springs’ manufacturing community upped their involvement as well. Last year, Pikes Peak Community College (PPCC) hosted Manufacturing Forums and a Student Manufacturing Awareness & Career Expo, and the Pikes Peak Workforce Center hosted a Job Fair & Hiring Event. Tours of a local manufacturer, Aeroflex, were held on MFG Day 2013. This year, Colorado Springs manufacturers came out in spades. Pikes Peak Community College held two Manufacturing Forums again that were open to both students and veterans, featuring videos of local manufacturers and tours of the PPCC manufacturing shop. The biggest highlight for many was the development of the First Annual Southern Colorado Manufacturing Expo that coincided with a coordinated Colorado Springs MFG Day Tour Schedule among local manufacturing facilities, complete with shared promotion throughout the Manufacturing Week. For Colorado Springs students & residents who could not attend daytime events, or anyone who wanted to attend, a sponsored viewing of the American Made Movie, a documentary on manufacturing, was shown at the 21st Century Theater on Wednesday evening. A new community group composed of local manufacturers, the Southern Colorado Manufacturing Partnership (SCMP), began meeting earlier this year to find new ways to communicate about the impact and importance of the manufacturing industry in Southern Colorado. Their first of many community outreach efforts, the inaugural Southern Colorado Manufacturing Expo (SOCOM) was held on Tuesday and Wednesday, drawing in over 1,700 students from grades 6-12, 64 exhibitors, and over 600 additional expo guests. The SOCOM Expo offered an interesting way for students to get educated about the manufacturing sector and learn about possible career opportunities presented within the industry. It also opened new allowed for communication and collaboration between manufacturers from Pueblo to Denver. Diversified Machine Systems (DMS), an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of 3 Axis CNC & 5 Axis CNC Routers and a SCMP member company, participated in the full schedule of National Manufacturing Week events by sponsoring and exhibiting at the SOCOM Expo, supporting the American Made Movie Screening, provided video support to the PPCC Forums, and opened up the DMS World HQ to manufacturing tours to the public on Friday.
“It’s been enthralling to see the Colorado Springs manufacturing community come together to make National Manufacturing Week and MFG Day a huge success this year,” says DMS Director of Marketing, Courtney Thurman. “Special thanks to the organizing companies through SCMP, who put in the extra effort to bring groups and companies together to raise awareness in Colorado Springs and our student community.”
Plans are already in action for next year’s SOCOM Expo, and a second screening of The American Made Movie has been added for Saturday, October 18th at 6:00pm at the 21 Century Theater. Check out the Manufacturing Day Galleries at http://www.MFGDay.com. Read the original press release on PRWeb: http://bit.ly/1waXmWv. Click any of the images below from National Manufacturing Week to enlarge and scroll through the gallery. Don’t stop reading now. Check out our DMS Blog or our CNC News. Post By Ed Hilligrass.