“Manufacturing Day” on October 6 at Eastworks in Easthampton
FHREB to Host “Manufacturing Day” on October 6 at Eastworks in Easthampton:
Celebrating the Diverse Range of Manufacturing Enterprise in Hampshire County
(Easthampton, Mass.) The Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board (FHREB) will host a “Manufacturing Day” event on Thursday, October 6 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm in Easthampton, to celebrate the diverse range of manufacturing enterprise in Hampshire County. The event takes place at the Eastworks Building, 116 Pleasant Street in Easthampton at the West End Suite (#160) across from Riff’s Café. At least a dozen Hampshire County manufacturers will be present to share information about their products, production process and companies. The event theme is “Quality, Technology, Innovation.” Admission is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.
Manufacturing Day is part of a month-long series of state-wide events taking place in October that are designed to raise the profile of manufacturing in Massachusetts. According to FHREB Executive Director, Patricia Crosby, “Manufacturing in our workforce region and the rest of the state hasn’t gone away, but it has changed. Hampshire County has a wide variety of dynamic and growing firms offering better, cleaner, safer jobs and making some very interesting products that go all over the world. We want young people, their parents, job seekers of all ages and the community as a whole to see that manufacturing is actually an exceptionally strong part of the economy here in the Pioneer Valley, with exciting, well-paying careers for skilled workers.”
Participating manufacturers at the event to display and talk about their work include Architectural Timber & Millwork, ChartPak, E ink, Easthampton Machine Tool, Kanzaki Specialty Papers, L-3 KEO, Millitech, Quabbin Wire, C & G Machine Tool, and others. Their products range from church steeples to art supplies, precision machined medical parts and submarine periscopes.
E ink is a Taiwanese company with a production facility in South Hadley that makes display screens for many devices, including the Kindle. Says Carolyn Tusinski, an E ink Global Marketing Manager, “We look forward to showing the event participants how the screens in some of their communication devices are made.”
Manufacturing Day is designed as an informal networking and learning event for students, parents, job seekers and members of the general public. An information-gathering “scavenger hunt” will invite participants to collect unusual facts about each company at their display tables and submit completed hunt forms for prizes, which include a Kindle Fire HD and a Kimbell Clock made by E ink, with virtual hands and light sensitive face.
In addition to the manufacturers on display, public officials will attend the event, and educators and business development professionals will be on hand to learn and share information. Representative John Scibak, Second Hampshire District, and House Chair of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development was one of the first to confirm. “Beginning with the Springfield Armory in the late 1700's, manufacturing has been instrumental in the prosperity and success of the Pioneer Valley and it continues today. Whether it's precision machining for the aerospace industry, the development of medical devices or the production of state-of-the-art transportation equipment, advanced manufacturing is alive and well in Hampshire County. Both of my parents worked in manufacturing and I'm proud to say that this sector continues to thrive in this region.” He added, “Each of the businesses at this event contributes to our economy and I look forward to working with them to ensure that manufacturing will play a key role in our economy for years to come.”
Easthampton Mayor Karen Cadieux, Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz, State Senate President Stan Rosenberg, State Senator Donald Humason and others also plan to drop in. Mayor Karen Cadieux notes, “Easthampton is very pleased to be the host community for this Manufacturing Day event – we have a very strong group of manufacturing companies here in town and in Hampshire County that we are proud to help promote.”
Post-secondary manufacturing education programs will be represented by Greenfield Community College, Springfield Technical Community College and others. Manufacturing Day is co-sponsored by the Easthampton and Greater Northampton chambers of commerce. Funding for the event is provided by the AMP IT UP! Advanced Manufacturing Futures Program, managed by MassDevelopment.
The FHREB partners with community colleges, vocational schools and area employers to provide grant-funded training and job placement services for a variety of industry sectors, including health care, renewable energy and manufacturing. The FHREB is currently collaborating in a partnership with Greenfield Community College, the Franklin County Technical School and precision machining companies in Franklin and Hampshire counties to offer a 15-week Advanced Manufacturing CNC training program in computer-numerical-control machining to job seekers motivated to develop careers as skilled machinists.
For more information about Manufacturing Day contact the FHREB at (413) 773-1835.