Friday 22 February 2019
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MFG DAY 2017: A Celebration of Innovation, Technical Education

Combine the energy of a rock concert and the cool robotics at a tech expo, and one can easily see why Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) has quickly become one of the most exciting educational days for students and employers in northwest Pennsylvania. For one day, each October, more than 2,000 students, business owners, educators and community leaders descend on the Bayfront Convention Center in Erie for the annual celebration designed to highlight the innovation and technology advancements in modern manufacturing and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

The October 11, 2017 event, which is hosted by the Manufacturer & Business Association (MBA), along with the Erie Regional Chamber & Growth Partnership, Career Street, Advanced Diversified Manufacturing Industry Partnership and Northwestern PA National Tooling and Machining Association, as well as dozens of sponsors, shows, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is and showcases the many opportunities and advances being made in the industry. The goal of the event is to empower manufacturers and educate students in a fun-filled, cutting-edge way.

“MFG Day is really at the center of the Manufacturer & Business Association,” explains Harry Eighmy, chairman of the Manufacturer & Business Association Board of Governors and chief operating officer at American Turned Products, a midsize, precision machining manufacturer with facilities in Erie and Fairview, Pennsylvania. “We may have changed our name to the Manufacturer & Business Association, but it all started with the manufacturing. It’s our backbone if you will. Through the MBA, MFG Day is about getting young people involved with industry and exposing them to the technology and training that has been developed from where we were 30, 40, 50 years ago.”

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