#FLMfgMonth16: Help MAKE FLORIDA #1 Again!

It’s that time of the year when we start focusing our efforts on Manufacturing Day. We invite
each of you to join forces with FLATE to promote and celebrate Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY)/Month 2016! Last year FLATE and its network of statewide partners worked cohesively to coordinate and organize industry tours for hundreds of middle and high school students and teachers. This strategic partnership between FLATE and its partners, enabled students and educators across Florida to visit local manufacturing operations on Manufacturing Day and throughout the entire month of October. It also helped place Florida at the #1 spot in the nation for hosting total number of tours and events for the 4th consecutive year!

FLATE recognizes the hard work and dedication of all its statewide partners. Manufacturers, Manufacturers Associations, school districts, professional organizations, and many individuals contributed to the local and regional events at almost 150 manufacturing facilities in 50 counties to show students, teachers, counselors, and public officials that high-skilled, high-wage jobs are available in Florida. This year we’re hoping to do even better and we need your continued support and participation to make that a reality.

Here are a few of the ways you can participate and be part of this national phenomenon:

  • Host “Made in Florida” student tours and provide student lunch 
  • Survey student attendees (FLATE will provide surveys and summarize all state data)
  • Host an Open House or other open event for the community
  • Get a local and/or regional proclamation for MFG DAY and/or MFG Month
  • Donate to MFG DAY student tours and tee-shirts
  • Schools/Districts can provide transportation, teacher substitutes and chaperones for students
  • Publicize/promote regional events
  • Use manufacturing lesson plans in classrooms

FLATE will help coordinate “Made in Florida” manufacturing tours for students taking place across the state on Friday, October 7th. Although we recommend that a company try to host tours on October 7, any tours taking place during October are considered Manufacturing Day Industry tours. In addition, FLATE will work with regional “MFG DAY teams”, helping to connect schools with companies, supporting media publicity, designing and delivering student tee-shirts and student surveys. We will also assess the impact of tours on students regionally, and statewide.

Student Incentives
Having lunch (e.g., pizza) and tee-shirts for the students gives them an extra incentive to turn
in the necessary school tour paperwork. Lunch provides time for the students to interact directly with manufacturing employees after a tour. The shirts are a tangible and long-time reminder for the students and their families of the significance of manufacturing in Florida. And, it all helps put the “fun” in manufacturing!

Visit our webpage on the “Made in Florida” site for more MFG DAY in FLORIDA information. We will be posting resources, tour hosts, events, proclamations, participating companies and organizations. Please share this information your organizational membership, colleagues and anyone who may be interested. We look forward to working with our statewide partners (existing and new), and thank you for your support as we prepare to celebrate the 5th annual Manufacturing Day and Month this October. Let’s make this year our best ever!!!

For more information on MFG Day and how you can get involved visit http://madeinflorida.org/manufacturing-day, or contact Dr. Marilyn Barger, Executive Director of FLATE at barger@fl-ate.org/813.259.6578.

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