Through the entire week, many North Americans have been celebrating Manufacturing Week. While it might not be the top holiday on your calendar, we have good reason to honor this week here in Michigan. From automotive to information technologies to pharmaceutical industries, few other states reflect the proud history and promise of the commercial processes that convert raw materials into products as Michigan.
Since 2009, Michigan has been amongst the leading states creating new manufacturing jobs. In the U.S., about 8.5 percent of the workforce is employed in manufacturing work.
Today, the key for manufacturing businesses is to quickly find opportunities and strategic partnerships in a fast-changing international marketplace, said Ryan Michael, director of Pure Michigan Business Connect (PMBC), a state-supported service that helps businesses save time searching for contracts, and identifies supply chain opportunities. In addition, PMBC hosts matchmaking activities, which has proven to be a vital resource to expedite small- and medium-sized businesses’ search for the next key connection, deal and contract.
“From an industrial standpoint, the world is getting smaller, and we’ve learned from the economic downturn (of 2008) that we need to be a partner in assisting small- and medium Michigan businesses identify new opportunities, whether it’s in Michigan, the U.S. or around the world,” he said.
In Michigan this week, more than 80 public events are being held; each highlighting the range of emerging jobs and advanced manufacturing processes.
Events today include invitation-only presentations at Barnes Aerospace Lansing Division and Capital Area Manufacturing Council and Partners. An event open to the public today is a Skilled Trade Job Fairfrom 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at ResourceMFG in Lansing.
For information on Manufacturing Day events, visit and select “Michigan” at https://mfgday.com