Committed to working with local schools to generate interest in manufacturing careers, Seco Tools welcomed 170 Detroit Metro high school students to the company’s North American headquarters in Troy, Michigan, on Friday, October 2 for National Manufacturing Day 2015. Seco partnered with MSC Industrial Supply for the event, which highlighted the diverse job options available within the manufacturing industry.
Organized by the National Association of Manufacturers, Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. It occurs annually on the first Friday in October. This year’s Manufacturing Day included 2,397 events hosted throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Students attending Manufacturing Day at Seco selected from a variety of breakout sessions highlighting unique careers, including IT, engineering, CAD, distribution, production and sales. Industry experts and college advisors were on hand to meet with students and answer questions about these career paths.
Students also received a tour of Seco’s technical center and world-class custom tool production facility. Demonstrations of CNC machining and 3D printing equipment provided students with a snapshot of the latest technologies used in today’s manufacturing industry.
“Seco is highly committed both to our industry and our community,” says Rob Keenan, president of Seco Tools, LLC. “Manufacturing Day has become an excellent way to expose local young people to exciting career options that may otherwise be overlooked. Both of our sessions were fully booked over a month in advance of the event, so there’s definitely curiosity among today’s students. We enjoyed hosting them and sharing our perspective on the true potential that a career in manufacturing can offer.”
According to results from a skills gap study released earlier this year by the Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, over the next decade nearly 3.5 million manufacturing jobs likely need to be filled. The skills gap, caused in part by an anticipated increase in manufacturing jobs due to economic expansion and baby boomer retirements, is expected to result in 2 million of those jobs going unfilled.
“As a company that contributes to the success of the industrial sector, MSC was pleased to have sponsored Manufacturing Day and to have partner with Seco,” says Erik Gershwind, president and chief executive officer of MSC Industrial Supply Co. “Introducing bright, young students to the exciting career opportunities available in manufacturing opens up possibilities for them and contributes to the long-term success of our industrial economy.”
About Seco Tools, LLC:
Seco Tools, LLC is a leading provider of metalcutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking and toolholding. The company prides itself on building close relationships with customers to effectively understand and address their needs.
For more information on Seco Tools, please visit:
Or follow the company on Twitter:
MSC Industrial Supply Co. (NYSE:MSM) is a leading North American distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products and services. We help our customers drive greater productivity, profitability and growth with more than 1 million products, inventory management and other supply chain solutions, and deep expertise from more than 70 years of working with customers across industries.
Our experienced team of over 6,500 associates is dedicated to working side by side with our customers to help drive results for their businesses – from keeping operations running efficiently today to continuously rethinking, retooling, and optimizing for a more productive tomorrow.
For more information on MSC, please visit: