ORANGE, CA − (October 6, 2023)Manufacturing Day, celebrated on the first Friday in October, is a nationwide event that aims to showcase the vital role manufacturing plays in the American economy while inspiring the next generation of skilled workers. In 2023, AWFS® joined the ranks of organizations celebrating this day by hosting a special event that underscored the significance of woodworking and manufacturing in our modern world. In this blog post, we’ll explore the essence of Manufacturing Day, why it’s important, and how AWFS Fair added its unique touch to this annual celebration.

Understanding Manufacturing Day Manufacturing Day is an annual event designed to address common misconceptions about manufacturing and to introduce the public, especially students, to the wide array of career opportunities in this sector. It is an occasion to open the doors of manufacturing facilities, trade shows, and industry events, allowing people to witness firsthand the innovation, technology, and craftsmanship that go into the manufacturing process. The day also serves as a platform to emphasize the critical role of manufacturing in the United States’ economic growth and development.

Why Manufacturing Day Matters Manufacturing Day plays a pivotal role in three key areas:

  1. Changing Perceptions: One of the primary objectives of Manufacturing Day is to dispel the outdated stereotypes surrounding manufacturing jobs. It helps people understand that modern manufacturing is highly technical, innovative, and offers rewarding careers.
  2. Inspiring the Future Workforce: By exposing students to manufacturing facilities and trade shows, Manufacturing Day encourages young individuals to consider careers in this industry. It promotes STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education and skilled trades as viable and appealing options.
  3. Highlighting Innovation: Manufacturing is a hotbed of innovation, and this day allows companies and organizations to showcase the cutting-edge technologies and processes that drive the industry forward.

AWFS Fair at Manufacturing Day 2023 AWFS®’s annual participation in Manufacturing Day 2023 was a testament to its commitment to both the woodworking and manufacturing communities. The event served as a dynamic platform where craftsmanship, innovation, and future generations meet. Students from Oceanside, CA had the opportunity to explore the latest woodworking tools, machinery, and technologies, hosted by Drawer Box Specialties (DBS) in Orange, CA. DBS is a custom cabinet maker, furniture manufacturer, commercial casework market and specialty markets with boxes of all shapes, sizes and materials. Through the vivid demonstration of the potential career paths within our industry, we have the power to redefine and reshape the opportunities our field can provide to the younger generations.

Additionally, host and member company DBS, demonstrated hands-on experience by teaching students to build their own drawer, which would show the precision and skill that is required in woodworking and manufacturing. Experts and industry leaders shared their knowledge, inspiring students and sparking interest in these trades.

By aligning itself with Manufacturing Day, AWFS® contributed to the broader mission of highlighting the importance of manufacturing and craftsmanship. It reaffirmed that woodworking is not just an age-old craft but a dynamic, forward-looking sector that drives innovation, job creation, and economic growth.

In conclusion, Manufacturing Day is a critical annual event that dispels misconceptions, inspires the future workforce, and celebrates innovation in the manufacturing sector. AWFS®’s involvement in Manufacturing Day 2023 was a testament to its dedication to advancing woodworking and manufacturing, promoting skilled trades, and fostering a brighter future for those who wish to pursue careers in these fields.