Revisiting National Manufacturing Week, October 2nd-6th

Here at Astro Machine Works, we’re excited to be gearing up for National Manufacturing Day. This year National Manufacturing Day is the entire first week of October. The week brings attention to modern-day manufacturing, the many jobs available, and discussions relevant to the industry.

National Manufacturing Day 2017

In 2012 there were 240 companies participating nationally, but that number increased to an impressive 2,807 last year and this is expected to grow in 2017.

Students, educators, and businesspeople can all participate and learn about the manufacturing field and careers within their community. These events are in place to increase and improve the image of today’s manufacturing as well as to override any negative perceptions about the industry. Those who haven’t actively followed the changes that have occurred within this industry may still associate manufacturing with the old industry image. Coverage on manufacturing updates can often be found under articles referring to “It’s Not Your Granddad’s Factory Anymore.”

Companies can register their events for the day to let their community know what will be taking place.

Today, more workers are needed to fulfill the many jobs that encompass the different sectors that make up manufacturing. With the current administration focusing on bringing jobs back to the U.S., and the future outlook of the manufacturing industry qualified employees will be needed to close the widening gap. Companies like ours support National Manufacturing Day with initiatives such as bridging the skills gap, STEM education, and re-shoring.

This year's manufacturing day is October 6, 2017

Astro Machine Works and National Manufacturing Day

This year our team is participating in a steering committee coordinated by Janel Cross at Align Financial Services Group. Their goal, along with the rest of the industry, is to increase county wide participation in National Manufacturing Day. All Lancaster school districts will be participating this year.

Check out these fun social media tags for more information! #Lancastermakes and #MFGDay17. Also see the Lancaster Facebook page today.

In-House Events

The Astro Machine Works team and facility is participating in and hosting events October 2nd-6th.

On Tuesday, October 3rd we will be hosting a group of female students in coordination with Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology. The National Science Foundation Grant promotes women in the Machining, Electrical and W.E.T. (Water & Environmental Technology) programs at Stevens. This event will be taking place from 9:30-11:30AM.

On Thursday, October 5th 50 students and educators from Ephrata High School will be touring the facility from 8:00-10:00AM.

Also on Thursday, October 5th, 50 students from the Berks County Career and Technical Center (CTC) will be touring the facility starting from 9:15 to 11:15.

Manheim Central High School has confirmed that they will be touring the facility also. The date and time for this 50 student tour will be scheduled soon.

Breakdown of Our Tours

Both tours will kick off with a presentation from the president of Astro Machine works, explaining our company, internal functions, and career opportunities in manufacturing and skilled trades.

After the presentation, students will break up into groups of 8-10 for an interactive tour.

On the visit, students can expect to see CNC 5-Axis Milling Machines, CNC Lathes as well as complete Machining Centers, and our new 5-Axis Gantry Mill.

Our Welding Department will detail mig/tig and orbital welding, dye penetrant inspection, and stress relieving passivation processes.

In our Laser Engraving Department students will be presented with a laser engraved gift to remember their visit to Astro.

We will also be visiting our Engineering Department in building three, where students will see new design capabilities, reverse engineering using Solid Works CAD Systems, assembly of electromechanical equipment, panel wiring, and our Wire EDM and Grinding Department.

We are excited to award those attending with an Astro Machine Works National Manufacturing Day 2017 gift bag.

National Manufacturing Day Event Growth Graph

More on Astro Machine Works

We have been participating in National Manufacturing Day each year since 2013.

Here at Astro Machine, we manufacture custom machinery and precision parts. Our team serves a wide range of industries including medical, pharmaceutical, energy, food processing, government, aerospace electronics/semiconductors, telecommunications, packaging, and general manufacturing.

To learn more about Astro Machine Works, we invite you to read our blog, follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, connect with us on LinkedIn, and watch our videos on YouTube. If you’re interested in learning more about how Astro Machine Works can help you, please contact us to speak with one of our team members today. And don’t forget to look up all the exciting events happening in your area this October 6th—happy National Manufacturing Day from the Astro Machine Works team!

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