SME Launches Manufacturing Awareness Campaign


DEARBORN — SME, an organization dedicated to supporting manufacturing through training, events, media, and membership, today announced #MFGis, an awareness campaign to help students, educators, professionals and companies tell their stories of “what manufacturing is” through storytelling, social media, and multimedia.

The campaign will allow individuals and organizations to share compelling stories of how manufacturing has impacted their lives; or what manufacturing means to them. SME welcomes submissions about career and education experiences, family and company stories, and new technologies in manufacturing.

“Manufacturing is high-tech, innovative and an amazing career opportunity,” said Wayne Frost, chief executive officer of SME. “Those of us who have been part of the industry know that, and through #MFGis, SME has created a new forum to tell manufacturing stories, dispel stereotypes and create awareness of the lucrative careers that are available.”

#MFGis has launched with the theme “#MFGis generational” and features Rodney Grover, an SME Education Foundation staff member. Through #MFGis, Grover, a third-generation manufacturing professional, told how his grandfather and father inspired him to pursue a career in manufacturing, and how he hopes to have passed that passion and inspiration onto his two children.
“I hope my story — and that of my family — can help demonstrate the importance of our industry to the next generation, and show the many opportunities a career in manufacturing can lead to,” said Grover. “Manufacturing, to me, is about generations. So much of manufacturing production is taking place in small shops, just like the one I grew up in.”

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