Meritor announces its Fletcher, N.C. and York S.C. manufacturing plants welcomed students from nearby schools during plant tours on Oct. 4, 2013 during “Manufacturing Day.”
The company says both tours included students as well as government and community leaders and highlighted growing career opportunities in the manufacturing sector.
The event coincides with the second annual, nationally celebrated Manufacturing Day. Spearheaded by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Meritor says Manufacturing Day draws public attention to career opportunities in manufacturing and the nationwide shortage of skilled labor.
“By opening our doors to young people, Meritor hopes to attract the next generation of talent to work in technical careers in our facilities,” says Tim Burns, vice president, North America, Meritor. “It’s important that young people interested in manufacturing prepare in advance with the basic skill sets needed to succeed in an increasingly technology-driven industry where use of sophisticated, state-of-the-art equipment is the norm.”
Plant management and employees discussed manufacturing careers and Meritor’s role as a leading global supplier of drivetrain, mobility, braking and aftermarket solutions for commercial vehicle and industrial markets. According to NAM, more than 17 million Americans work in manufacturing jobs, and more than 600,000 jobs are unfilled because applicants are not adequately trained for technical jobs that often involve automation, robotics and screen technology.
“It’s critical that we develop new generations of skilled workers who can keep pace with leading-edge technologies that will keep us competitive in North Carolina and across the country,” the company says.