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and counselors at their level and in their schools to showcase the passion that fuels today’s advanced manufacturer. MMA, SME and the Manufacturing Institute are excited to see how these partnerships grow and develop over the next few years. These are true partnerships; no longer relying on employers to do all the heavy lifting or for educators to uni- laterally decide what the customers of the education system need. By working together, these strategies can create a sustainable pipeline of talent in Michigan.


Talent Collaboration Across Every Region “Even as regional partnerships are developed, a statewide talent strategy is still needed to ensure all Michigan manu- facturers are receiving the tools and resources to prepare themselves for the industry of tomorrow,” said Elyse Kopietz, MMA director of communications, marketing and events. “For the fi fth year, MMA’s MFG Talent Summit will be the catalyst for new ideas, new partnerships and the sharing of current best practices for manufacturers of all sizes.”


Attendees will receive a crash course in talent attraction, retention and on- boarding while having networking time to focus on each company’s needs.


The MFG Talent Summit on October 20 in Battle Creek will connect manufacturers with educators, local and state leaders and economic developers to plan a viable, sustain- able future for the industry. In addition to the planned panel on the MMA/SME training partnership, attendees will receive a crash course in talent attraction, retention and onboarding while utilizing substantial networking time to dive deeper into strategies unique to each company’s needs. The Summit also gives all of Michigan’s manufacturing leaders the chance to honor an industry partner for their effort to create talent development programs while promot- ing manufacturing in a positive light. Past recipients include leaders of regional manufacturing associations and edu- cators focused on providing the next generation with real career paths.


Celebrating the Nation’s Most Vital Industry


What do you call thousands of manufacturing businesses opening their doors to the community and tens of thousands


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of students, parents, teachers, counselors and local leaders learning the true story of manufacturing careers? It’s called National MFG Day and its happening October 7!


“MFG Day is a perfect day to reach out to your community”


“MFG Day 2016 promises to be one of the biggest national manufacturing celebrations ever,” said Brett Gerrish, MMA communications specialist and lead coordinator of the asso- ciation’s MFG Day efforts. “Every year the number of partici- pating companies gets larger and each year more and more students are exposed to the incredible career opportunities that exist in an industry they may never have considered. MFG Day is a perfect day to reach out to your community.” Michigan manufacturers are encouraged to connect di-


rectly with MMA as the association works to coordinate open houses across the state. Meanwhile, facilities in all fi fty states and Canada can go to www.mfgday.com and register their event as part of a growing map of MFG Day events.


Talent Solution Requires Proactive Manufacturers The talent challenges of today directly impact manufac-


turing’s future. It is no longer enough to talk about talent from the sidelines. Manufacturers must be proactive com- munity leaders in the development of new strategies, new talent initiatives and policy changes to promote the indus- try as what it is: exciting, high-paying, high-tech hubs for creativity and innovation.


The Michigan Manufacturers Association represents the interests of manufacturers through advocacy, education and business services. Founded in 1902, MMA member- ship includes many of the world’s largest, most well-known corporations as well as small and mid-sized, family-owned businesses rooted in local communities across the state. For more information on MMA and its efforts to drive the talent discussion forward, please go to www.mimfg.org.


Mike Johnston, vice president of Government Affairs, Michigan Manufacturers Association.


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