SME Supports Manufacturing Day: New Attitudes and New Opportunities

Local membership chapters, the SME Education Foundation's PRIME network and Tooling U-SME hosting events and activities to drive interest in the manufacturing industry and recognize best practices

DEARBORN, Mich., Sept. 28, 2015 — (PRNewswire) —  As proud gold sponsors of Manufacturing Day 2015, SME and its subsidiaries, the SME Education Foundation and Tooling U-SME, will be hosting various activities in honor of Manufacturing Day on Oct. 2, as well as throughout the month of October.

Manufacturing Day features nearly 2,000 events nationally among industry, academia and professional organizations including tours and speakers to give modern manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show what manufacturing is — and what it isn't. By illustrating contemporary opportunities and industrial environments, manufacturers can begin to address skilled labor shortages, connect with students and future generations.

"We're pleased to have supported Manufacturing Day since its inception," said Jeff Krause, executive director and CEO of SME. "And we'll continue to offer access to our national network, and expertise to introduce and showcase manufacturing opportunities to a new audiences every year."

All of SME's activities can be found at

SME Membership Chapter Activities
SME Membership has nearly 300 local professional and student chapters; many U.S. chapters are hosting events, presentations, career fairs, tours and other activities to share experiences and firsthand demonstrations at a variety of facilities on Oct. 2 and throughout the month. See the variety of events here.

Partnership Response In Manufacturing Education (PRIME) Schools
An SME Education Foundation initiative, PRIME builds collaborative networks between high school students, educators and industry to grow and educate the next-generation workforce. To drive interest and awareness in manufacturing, some PRIME schools will be hosting and participating in open houses, tours of manufacturing facilities, career festivals, industry panels and field trips recognizing Manufacturing Day. Learn more about PRIME here.

In October, SME will celebrate the one-year mark of launching #MFGis, a manufacturing awareness campaign that allows manufacturing students, professionals and anyone affiliated with industry to tell their unique stories. New participants can follow @sme_mfg on Twitter, or visit to see the stories and people who've shared them; new visitors can share their own stories, too.

Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center Awards
In connection with Manufacturing Day, Tooling U-SME, a leader in manufacturing learning and development, will present its Platinum Education Center designation to community and technical colleges nationwide. The Tooling U-SME Platinum Education Center awards are presented to educational facilities that serve as models in the manufacturing industry when it comes to developing an outstanding learning culture. Schools are selected based on adoption of Tooling U-SME's online training program and strong utilization rates of online training in a blended learning format. The award winners will be announced on on Manufacturing Day, Oct. 2.

About SME
SME connects all those who are passionate about making things that improve our world. As a nonprofit organization, SME has served practitioners, companies, educators, government and communities across the manufacturing spectrum for more than 80 years. Through its strategic areas of events, media, membership, training and development, and the SME Education Foundation, SME is uniquely dedicated to the advancement of manufacturing by addressing both knowledge and skills needed for the industry. Learn more at, follow  @SME_MFG on Twitter or


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