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Cutting Tool Engineering: 'Manufacturing Day' every day

NTMA and PMA mentioned in Cutting Tool Engineering article.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

The mood of MFG Day, the annual celebration of U.S. manufacturing that took place Oct. 6, doesn’t cease after the plant tours and information sessions end and the participating students, parents and educators head home.

“MFG Day is more than a one-time event,” said Dave Tilstone, present of the National Tooling and Machining Association. “The spirit of MFG Day lives on throughout the year. We know that the more people learn about modern manufacturing, the easier it will be to recruit the workforce our industry needs to remain competitive for the future.”

One program NTMA employs to attract young people to the industry and keep them engaged in manufacturing is its National Robotics League, Tilstone said. Students at junior high schools, high schools, tech schools and occasionally junior colleges design and build 15-lb. (6.8kg) robots for battle from the ground up. “They are competitive robots that fight to the finish,” he said.

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