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Manufacturing Day showcased a variety of manufacturers ranging from producers of thermoplastic fibers and hydraulic elevator jacks to embroidery and sewing to even food and nutritional products-all products shipped around the globe. More than 150 Williamsburg County School District Teachers took part in the day-long event. See more on page 21.

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In celebration of the launch of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) 2019, Williamsburg County Manufacturers hosted more than 150 Williamsburg County School District Teachers as part of an effort to highlight modern manufacturing—a vibrant and growing industry that offers diverse, high-paying career opportunities. The event showcased a variety of manufacturers ranging from producers of thermoplastic fibers and hydraulic elevator jacks to embroidery and sewing to even food and nutritional products-all products shipped around the globe! Teachers were treated to plant tours at multiple locations and were provided lunch. The tours allowed teachers to network with the area’s industrial leaders and learn about the skills their students need to gain for future employment.

 Manufacturers participating were DSM, Palmetto Synthetics, Embroidery Solutions, Valley Forge, Williamsburg Technical College, iTi Hydraulik, Peddinghaus, Waste Zero, House of Raeford and Hemingway Apparel.

Chris Marsh, president of Hemingway Apparel said the program began 20 months ago with a pilot program to introduce students to manufacturing. “Today is the first time we’ve actually rolled it out to any other district,” said Marsh, who was surprised to have so many industries participate. “The participation has been overwhelming. We’re hoping we can start bringing students in and be able to pair them with industry so that the lesson plans that the teachers are teaching in the STEM subjects can become relative to what they are seeing in these factories and industries.”

MFG Day, an annual national event held in communities across the country, is supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents and community members at open houses, plant tours and more to change perceptions of manufacturing and highlight the high-tech and innovative companies that are solving tomorrow’s challenges today.

“Today’s event, and the larger MFG Day initiative, allows manufacturing companies to showcase what manufacturing is really about,” said Adrienne Temple, Regional Vice President with South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership. “We are proud to highlight the innovative work happening in Williamsburg County and hope our event today inspires the next generation of workforce talent to pursue a rewarding career in manufacturing.”

First held in 2012 by its founder, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, MFG Day is now organized by The Manufacturing Institute—the education and workforce partner of the National Association of Manufacturers. The kick-off events around the country and month-long initiative 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. Williamsburg County’s Manufacturing Day celebration was a collaboration between South Carolina Department of Commerce, South Carolina Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments, Williamsburg County School District, and Williamsburg Technical College. Learn more about MFG Day and the significant impact this event has across the nation at www.mfgday.com.