Greenville - Department of Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson will be among the many visitors attending Manufacturing Day 2016 on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the North Carolina Global TransPark in Kinston. The regional event will bring middle and high school students from five counties to network and explore opportunities with dozens of vendors and manufacturers.
"We are opening the doors for the next generation of engineers, computer technicians and manufacturing leaders," Secretary Tennyson said. "This event could be the catalyst for these students to chart a course toward good-paying and rewarding jobs in the transportation industry or other diverse, high-tech field."
The event will introduce students to the many careers in the manufacturing industry. Students will tour manufacturing facilities in Lenoir, Greene, Wayne, and Jones counties from 9 to 11 a.m., and explore exhibits by manufacturers in and around the Global TransPark JetPort terminal from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Attractions will include Lenoir Community College's flight simulator and training lab, which features computer engineering and robotics and radio controlled airplanes.
"The spirit of Manufacturing Day is to inspire students to pursue careers in manufacturing," said Amanda Conner, Economic Development Specialist for Lenoir County. "Once they get up close and personal with the machinery and technology, students will have a lasting memory of what they experienced that day. That memory will hopefully motivate many of them to enter the manufacturing field and perhaps even work for some of the companies they interacted with."
The state's 10,387 manufacturers employ more than 461,000 North Carolinians. Manufacturing accounts for $88 billion in production, nearly 20 percent of North Carolina's gross domestic product, and every $1 spent in manufacturing generates $2.09 for the state's economy. Since Governor McCrory entered office in January 2013, North Carolina has added more than 300,000 net new jobs, including 19,800 manufacturing positions.
Governor McCrory proclaimed Oct. 3-7 as North Carolina Manufacturing Week, recognizing manufacturing's critical role in North Carolina's economy. This event was originally scheduled to coincide with Manufacturing Week, but officials postponed it because of Hurricane Matthew.