FCEDC Celebrates Manufacturing Day on October 7
FCEDC is celebrating National Manufacturing Day on October 7, 2022. The annual event, held first Friday in October, showcases the advances of modern manufacturing and celebrates the diverse careers that make up this industry. Manufacturing is one of the primary drivers of our national economy, contributing $2.68 to the economy for each $1.00 spent, according to the National Association of Manufacturers. The manufacturing sector employs millions in cutting-edge fields utilizing innovative technology such as 3D printing, automation, robotics, drones, and virtual reality. In addition, the sector produces goods that improve, save, and sustain lives such as medical equipment, household appliances, and food products.
Many of the jobs in the manufacturing sector are highly technical and require specialized skills and training. These include careers in engineering, computer operations, robotics, maintenance, information technology, safety, human resources, management, and logistics.
Fayetteville and Cumberland County have a long tradition of making what the world needs. Many innovative manufacturers have chosen to produce in our community, from metalworking to auto parts, to proteins and plastics, to electrical equipment and transmission components. In Cumberland County, manufacturers provide more than 6,500 jobs, representing over $445 million in earnings each year.
To serve the manufacturing community’s interests, FCEDC supports the Fayetteville Area Plant Managers Association (PMA), which is Cumberland County’s network of plant managers, providing a forum for varied concerns and interests, such as education, community involvement, economic development, utility costs, healthcare, and taxes. PMA annually supports the South-Central Chapter of Professional Engineers of NC’s MATHCOUNTS competition, an enrichment program that prepares middle school students for engineering and technical careers; and STARward competition, a program featuring spaceflight experiment design challenge for K-12 students in Cumberland County schools.
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FCEDC hopes you will join us in recognizing local manufacturers and their significant contributions to Fayetteville and Cumberland County.