Meet Temple — the talent attraction arm of the Temple Economic Development Corporation (Temple EDC) — and the Temple Chamber of Commerce are partnering up for a third consecutive year to host Manufacturing Day in the Temple, Texas community. This fall, Manufacturing Day 2023 presents an exceptional opportunity for Temple’s top industry experts to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders with the goal of fostering valuable connections and illuminating potential career pathways within the region’s advancing manufacturing industry.
Manufacturing Day celebrations will take place over the first week of October, kicking off on Monday, October 2 with a proclamation from Mayor Tim Davis. Leadership Tours and TISD activities will take place throughout the week, leading up to the highly anticipated job fair on Friday, October 6 in partnership with Workforce Solutions of Central Texas. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore the ins and outs of the manufacturing industry through connecting with accomplished industry experts.
The event will include participation from local employers like Wilsonart, Durcon, Temple Machine Shop, Delta Centrifugal, MTC, MooreCo Inc, Palladio Industries Inc and Polar Beverages. These companies aim to help innovative, curious individuals familiarize themselves with the modern manufacturing landscape Temple has created.
“The goal of Manufacturing Day is to inspire the next generation of innovators by fostering a deeper understanding of Temple’s manufacturing industry,” said Adrian Cannady, President & CEO of Temple Economic Development Corporation. “We are excited to connect new talent to exciting opportunities for career advancement in Central Texas’ growing manufacturing landscape.”
Temple serves as an optimal hub for manufacturing enterprises seeking growth and prosperity. Positioned strategically with ideal infrastructure and a pro-business climate, it is no surprise that manufacturing employment has increased 28% in the region, showing no signs of slowing down. Temple is home to a variety of top contributors to the manufacturing industry who are continuously seeking new talent to join their teams.
“The Temple community has long served as a hub for companies looking to grow their manufacturing operations,” said President & CEO of the Temple Chamber of Commerce, Rod Henry. “Manufacturing Day is an opportunity for us to not only showcase the strength of this industry here in Central Texas, but to also highlight the advancements and innovations that are positioning us for a brighter future.”
Temple EDC and Temple Chamber of Commerce hope to foster interest within the community for prosperous careers in Temple’s manufacturing industry. Visit our event page for more information on Manufacturing Day.
Meet Temple and the Temple Chamber of Commerce are proud to partner for the second annual Temple Manufacturing Day. Manufacturing Day celebrates local manufacturers with a Job Fair on National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day), October 7, 2022, at Workforce Solutions of Central Texas.
In addition to the job fair this year, Manufacturing Day will take over the whole first week of October with an official proclamation ceremony on Oct. 3, Temple ISD student tours throughout the week, and will cap off with a celebration music event at Santa Fe Plaza the evening of Oct. 7. The celebration will continue with spotlights of partnering manufacturers throughout October on Meet Temple and Temple Chamber of Commerce social media platforms.
Since its beginning in 2012, MFG Day highlights modern manufacturing careers, dispels myths of the public image of manufacturing, and is an opportunity to energize a future pipeline of skilled workers.
Temple is home to 130 manufacturing establishments including the world’s leading producers of everything from engineered surfaces (Wilsonart) to Hefty® Waste Bags (Reynolds Consumer Products) to school and office furniture (MooreCo Inc.). These companies support nearly 6,600 jobs locally and drive the growing manufacturing industry, with industry employment up 28% between 2010 and 2020.
“While our work focuses on attracting new manufacturers to Temple, our work just as equally focuses on supporting those manufacturers who already call Temple home,” said Amanda Carlson, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Temple Economic Development Corporation. “Through our talent attraction and retention initiative, Meet Temple, we work to increase the funnel of people considering a career in Temple.”
The Temple workforce is supported by technically skilled veterans from nearby Fort Hood, robust Career and Technical Education (CTE) Manufacturing Pathways at area high schools, and graduates from STEM-focused training or degree programs from eight regional higher education institutions.
“With a strong manufacturing sector there is demand for a skilled workforce,” noted Whitney Theriot, Vice President of the Temple Chamber of Commerce. “Temple is fortunate to have existing pipelines to grow talent through CTE programming, training for incumbent workers to re-skill or upskill through Temple College, and proximity to Fort Hood. The MFG Day Job Fair, in collaboration with Workforce Solutions of Central Texas, connects the dots to career opportunities locally.”
Meet Temple and the Temple Chamber of Commerce hope the concentrated effort to create awareness about the local manufacturing industry through MFG Day/Week will inspire a new generation of manufacturers in Temple.
Partnering manufacturers for the 2022 MFG Day initiative include MooreCo, Inc., Palladio Industries, Inc., Reynolds Consumer Products, Temple Machine Shop, and Wilsonart.
October is Manufacturing Month, and Meet Temple and the Temple Chamber of Commerce partnered to celebrate the local manufacturing industry. The celebration began with a Job Fair on National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) and continued with spotlights of our partnering manufacturers throughout the month.
Partnering manufacturers for the 2021 MFG Day initiative include MooreCo, Inc., Palladio Industries, Inc., Reynolds Consumer Products, Sunbelt Transformer, Temple Machine Shop, and Wilsonart.
To wrap-up Manufacturing Month, we want to shine a spotlight on these Chamber Member 2021 MFG Day partners: