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Minnesota Can be Cold But The Manufacturing Industry Remains Hot

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Minnesota, known as the ¨State of Innovation¨, offers an environment to those seeking to grow, improve and develop. Such a reputation enables innovator’s and engineer’s equal opportunity to make the world, especially Minnesota, a better place to live and work.

With a Human Development Indicator (HDI) of 5.89, Minnesota ranks as the 7th best US state to live in. It recently increased its job growth by 1.6% which lowered the unemployment rate to just 3.7%. Moreover, Minnesota boasts high college attendance rates, in addition to their more than 78% high school graduation rates. It is also the 15th Best Place for Business according to  Forbes Magazine.

When we look at the economy, manufacturing constitutes one of the state’s biggest industries. It is driven by technology and accounts for 16% of Minnesota’s GDP.  In fact, Minnesota contributes 1.8% of the U.S. GDP.

Medical Device Industry

Heading the list of Minnesota’s manufacturing is the medical device industry. It’s important to clarify that the ¨devices¨ manufactured within the industry aren’t exclusively high-tech and cutting-edge devices (no pun intended), like mechanical heart valves or lab-grown organs. They’re also surgical instruments, implements, prosthetics, implants, equipment and their parts’ replacements among others.

In this sector, innovation has played a critical role. The medical device industry has lead the market since 1940 by developing and producing medical patents. The U.S. Trade and Patent Office states that Minnesota ranked 1st place nationwide in medical device patents per capita in 2015. The University of Minnesota and the Mayo Clinic serve as spaces to conduct medical research and implement new medical practices. Employing almost 30,000 people, Minnesota not only ranks 1st in medical device manufacturing employment, but it’s also triple the national average.

Agriculture and Food Production

Minnesota also ranks as the 4th largest agricultural exporting State. The agriculture and food production industry earns almost $19 Billion annually. It is composed of two main sectors: crops and livestock. Both, have relatively similar contributions to the industry’s earnings. Crops account for about $10 Billion while livestock accounts for almost $9 Billion. The most widely grown crop is corn, representing 45% of Minnesota crop production. However, soybeans make up the biggest agricultural export.

Aside from covering the national demand, manufacturers create food products for purchase all over the world, including China, Mexico, Indonesia and Taiwan. Minnesota is not only one of the Nation’s biggest food exporters and producers, but it’s also one of the most prominent in agricultural machinery development. The state works on the creation, assembly, and development of the necessary equipment to carry out farming.

Minnesota sits on top of the nation’s manufacturing charts which can be partially attributed to the state philosophy of innovation for growth, development and overall improvement. This mindset offers opportunities for the state to increase its’ capacity to produce, develop and export some of the Nation’s most necessary foods, agricultural machinery, and medical equipment.

 

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Manufacturing Day 2017 is More Important Than Ever to Showcase Job Opportunities

MFG Day

In 2012, the Manufacturers Association International and Founding Partner Fabricators together created MFG DAY and was very well received. It’s growing support from various companies and a clear mission to achieve its goals was recognized and appreciated by the then President of the United States, Barack Obama.

On October 2nd, 2014, President Obama issued a proclamation stating the first Friday of October as National Manufacturing Day. The presidential proclamation stated: “On National Manufacturing Day, more than 1,600 American manufacturers will open their doors and take up the important work of inspiring our young people to pursue careers in manufacturing and engineering.”

Now, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) holds NMD annually with the support of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP).

MFG Day Mission

The mission of celebrating Manufacturing Day (MFG DAY) is to empower and inspire the next generation of manufacturers.

Many manufacturing companies also consider this as an opportunity to:

Clear the misconceptions about manufacturing

Provide a sneak-peak into the manufacturing world

Spread awareness of the manufacturing processes

Highlight the importance of manufacturers in the community

Familiarize people to manufacturing careers

Since 2012, the number of events hosted across the country on MFG DAY has increased over a remarkable 1000%. All 50 states actively participate in not only creating awareness but also in fulfilling the four goals of NAM:

#1 Attract Investment

#2 Lead Innovation

#3 Expand Global Market Access

#4 Develop a 21st Century Workforce

Events across the nation attract students, investors, educators, businesses and the general public. As per reports, in 2016, approximately 500K participated in various events, which included more than 200K students.

MFG Day Events in Ohio

Tech Solve Event (Oct 7): Cincinnati, Ohio

If you are the one who dreams of traveling to space or who doesn’t miss out on tech news, this is something you should attend. Launch rockets, ride a hovercraft, try on a space suit, explore 3D printing and drone technology and much more for FREE.

Ashley Ward Inc. Event (Oct 6): Mason, Ohio

The event has presentations, facility tours, and hands-on experiences, that demonstrate how a machine shops operates daily. Students aspiring to make a career in manufacturing should attend this event.

Fearless Frontline Leader Awards (Oct 26): Cincinnati, Ohio

Celebrating the Frontline Leaders who fuel the Manufacturing Industry, this event aims to appreciate innovative, risk-taking leaders in an award ceremony.

AK Steel Corporation Event (Oct 6): Middletown, Ohio

This event will let you explore the steel manufacturing process through a tour of their plant. Aspiring students should certainly not miss this event.

 

MFG Day Impact

A survey conducted by Deloitte on the 2016 Manufacturing Day shows interesting results on its impact on students’:

89% made aware about the various manufacturing jobs in their communities

84% were more convinced that manufacturing jobs are lucrative and rewarding

71% likely to spread the information received to other students in their community

64% look forward to pursuing a career in manufacturing

So with all the positive statistics and reasons to spread the word about manufacturing and #MFGDay17, which events are you going to attend this year?

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** All facts and statistics are from www.mfgday.com

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Maryland Isn’t Just Crab Cakes and Football, it’s Manufacturing too!

Maryland manufacturing

Maryland, with its strategic location, skilled professional and technical workers and quality infrastructure prove to be the ideal state for manufacturing in the U.S. Although it is not as large as the other states, it is an important driver of research and development, exports, and employment in numerous industries.

In 2015, the wealth accumulated by Maryland exports of manufactured goods accounted to $40.2 billion. Let us have a deeper dive into the major manufacturing industries and the leaders in each sector.

Computer and Electronics Industry

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the highest employing sector in 2016 was in the computer and electronic products industry (17,600 jobs). This manufacturing industry accounts for $4.3 billion of wealth to the economy. Although only a handful of tech companies dominate Maryland’s export base, it is estimated they account for more than their fair share of the economy.

Zentech is one of the largest computer and electronic manufacturers of all time and located in Maryland. They manufacture circuit-board-based products primarily for medical and dental clients, and defense. This Maryland company has been recognized twice in the past eight years by INC 500, as one of the fastest growing businesses in America.

America’s Vices

Food, Tobacco, and alcohol. The food manufacturing industry was Maryland’s second largest employer in 2016. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it generates about 15,100 jobs. The food, beverage and tobacco manufacturers contribute to a total of $2.9 billion in economic wealth.  In the 1770s, the tobacco trade took center stage in Maryland’s economy. Eventually, many manufacturing segments also emerged, which still flourish even today.

Alcoholic beverages are soon to change Maryland’s industry. In 2017, Diageo, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of alcoholic beverages declared its decision to invest in Baltimore County by planning to build a Guinness brewery and taproom in Relay. It adds feathers to Maryland’s cap, as this facility will be the Diageo’s sole brewery in America.

 

Having the nation’s highest number of doctoral engineers and scientists, Maryland provides the complete package of a skilled workforce.  A record of exporting goods to 209 countries through the port of Baltimore, Maryland also provides excellent transportation support. With companies like IBM and Zentech, the high-end technologies are available with no extra effort. A combination of all these factors will undoubtedly propel Maryland to the best manufacturing economy the state has seen for years to come.

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