FCEDC Celebrates Manufacturing Day on October 6

Oct 2, 2023 | Blog Posts

The Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation (FCEDC) is celebrating Manufacturing Day on Friday, October 6th. Manufacturing Day, recognized nationally on the first Friday in October, celebrates advances in modern manufacturing, spotlights diverse and varied fields in the industry, and brings awareness to manufacturing serving as one of the primary drivers of our national economy.

According to the Department of Defense, American manufacturers contribute more than $2.35 trillion into the United States economy. Manufacturing is the main engine of innovation in the U.S. and employs over 12.5 million people with living-wage jobs. In Cumberland County, manufacturing provides more than 6,500 jobs, representing over $445 million in wages each year.

Career opportunities in the manufacturing sector include positions in robotics, production, engineering, operations, information technology, management, and logistics.  These professions often require specialized skills and training. Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville State University, Methodist University and Cumberland County Schools all offer programs to develop and train skilled workers.

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 STEM, a program featuring spaceflight experiment design challenge for K-12 students in Cumberland County schools.

To find out more about the manufacturing industry, please click here.

FCEDC hopes you will join us in recognizing local manufacturers and their significant contributions to Fayetteville and Cumberland County.