Program Designed to Expand Knowledge of Manufacturing, Improve Public
Perception of Manufacturing Career Opportunities

Rockingham County, NC (September 28, 2018)– In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2018,
Rockingham County leaders, Rockingham Community College, Rockingham County Schools
and local workforce partners have planned a week of events and activities as part of an effort to
change people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to
the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide. The celebration will
also recognize the county’s top new or expanding economic development projects and thank
over 100 local industries and manufacturers who provide jobs and do business in Rockingham

Manufacturing Day is an annual, national event executed at the local level supported by
thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other
local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase
modern manufacturing technology and careers.

Rockingham County will celebrate Manufacturing Day, which is Friday, October 5, 2018, with a
week of events. Planned activities include:

Rockingham County Board Of Commissioner’s Meeting
Monday, October 1st at 6:30 p.m.
Open to the public. Residents encouraged to attend.

On-The-Road Location: Yanceyville Road Fire Department
3361 HWY 158, Reidsville, NC 27320
The Rockingham Board of Commissioners will issue a Board Proclamation declaring
National Manufacturing Day and Recognizing the Top Three Announced New or
Expanding Manufacturing Projects in 2018. Representatives from each company will be

Rockingham Community College Manufacturing Showcase
Wednesday, October 3rd, 9am-1pm

Location: Rockingham Community College Advanced Technologies Building,
215 Wrenn Memorial Rd, Wentworth.
Public event featuring local manufacturers, product displays and information.
For more information contact Sally Newman, 336-342-4261 or
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Manufacturing Industry Leaders Tour & Luncheon (Invitation-only event)
Friday, October 5th

Hosted by the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business
& Tourism. Local companies will tour RCC’s advanced manufacturing training facilities
and discuss new developments on campus.
For more information contact Jan Yokeley, 336-342-8138, or
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) .

“Demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector is at an all-time high.
Companies need employees who can design, program and operate technology,” said Jan
Yokeley, director of the Rockingham County Center for Economic Development, Small Business
& Tourism. “The average age of a manufacturing employee is 56, and between now and 2020
there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced. Over
the next decade, it is estimated that nearly 3.5 million U.S. manufacturing jobs will be needed
and 2 million of those jobs are expected to go unfilled due to manufacturers’ inability to find
talent with the required skills.”

Yokeley added, “Manufacturing jobs represent 20% of Rockingham County’s current workforce,
which equates to more than 5,700 jobs. It is still a priority industry sector for this community.
This is our second year celebrating Manufacturing Day and it is our intent to show appreciation
to our local industries as well as inspire a new generation of manufacturing employees. We
strongly encourage members of the community to come out to the public events to learn more
about some of our industries and careers in manufacturing.”

More information on Manufacturing Day is available at http://www.mfgday.com.


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