“The way manufacturing is set-up, it welcomes so many people and can put so many people to work that, to me, it’s the place we want to invest and be strong in as a community and a country.” These words resonate with me. It’s what we believe here at NIST MEP and what our 1,300 field agents all across the country work tirelessly towards every day. Including the folks at the Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center (MMTC). This quote is part of a video capturing the great story of their client, Omega Plastics. President Jeff Kaczperski speaks so genuinely about his business, serving others, and the opportunities in manufacturing. As he says: manufacturing has a home for almost everyone.
Take a look at the Heroes of American Manufacturing video, featuring this family-owned, tooling and injection molding manufacturer in Macomb County Michigan. What started as one toolmaker in his garage, has grown into a 45 person company with a 70,000 square foot facility making prototype and low-volume production products for clients in medical, consumer packaging, automotive, and safety markets throughout the world. Omega Plastics not only survived the recession—they innovated into new markets with the help of MMTC.
Jeff and another senior leader at Omega inspired us to pull out the last couple of minutes from thevideo as a standalone clip: Manufacturing is Cool. Manufacturing is cool – we know that and we need to raise our voices and tell others. Embed this video clip on your websites, into presentations, and use it in whatever ways you can think of to help us change the perception of manufacturing and celebrate all that the industry has to offer local communities, the workforce, and our nation’s economy. Toward that end, there’s one more thing we can do for US manufacturing and that’s save the date for the second annual Manufacturing Day on October 4, 2013. Stay tuned for more details but in the meantime you can find out more here.