In observance of National Manufacturing Day, Pasco-Hernando Community College is partnering with local manufacturers to provide tours of manufacturer facilities to 160 engineering high school students from River Ridge High School in Pasco County and 100 Nature Coast Technical High School and Hernando Robotics Club students in Hernando County on Friday, October 4, 2013.
“Supporting National Manufacturing Day highlights the importance of manufacturing to Florida’s economy and supports manufacturers and school programs,” said Margie Burnham, Project Manager, Florida TRADE Grant program at PHCC.
Local manufacturers will join others nationwide in opening their doors to demonstrate the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers. Hernando and Pasco County manufacturers participating in the observance and welcoming local students include: Accuform, Alumi-Guard, AME, Bauer Foundation, BTI, Emery Thompson, ICTC, Mitre Group, PharmaWorks, Seaway Plastics, VLOC, Pall Aeropower Corp., and Intrepid Machines, and more.
On September 24, 2013, both the Hernando County Board of Commissioners and the Pasco County Board of Commissioners proclaimed their county support of National Manufacturing Day on October 4, 2013 and urged all citizens to join in recognizing the value of our manufacturers and the importance they serve within our community. According to Pasco Hernando Workforce Board, Inc., Hernando County boasts over 110 manufacturing companies in the county, providing over 1500 jobs. Businesses make products such as decorative aluminum fencing, pharmaceuticals, LED lighting, to industrial ice cream machines. Pasco County claims another 320 manufacturing facilities providing over 3100 jobs involved with highly technical advanced manufacturing, including thermoforming, pharmaceutical packaging, aerospace, military and defense manufacturing and the manufacturing of baking equipment and storm and lightening detectors.
Manufacturing Day is a growing movement of manufacturers dedicated to overcoming the shared challenges facing manufacturers today, according to mfgday.com. The most pressing issue facing manufacturers is a gap in skilled labor: 600,000 manufacturing jobs are currently unfilled in the United States due to a gap between the job requirements and the skills of those who are applying for them.