Meet Temple and the Temple Chamber to Celebrate the Local Manufacturing Industry Throughout the MOnth of October
Meet Temple and the Temple Chamber of Commerce are proud to partner to celebrate local manufacturers throughout the month of October. The celebration began with a Job Fair on National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day), October 1, 2021, at Workforce Solutions of Central Texas. The celebration will continue with spotlights of partnering manufacturers on Meet Temple and Temple Chamber of Commerce social media.
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 LIQUID NAILS® brand construction adhesives (PPG) to Hefty® Waste Bags (Reynolds Consumer Products). These companies support nearly 6,600 jobs locally and drive the growing manufacturing industry, with industry employment up 28% between 2010 and 2020.
“We will continue to work towards not only bringing in new manufacturers but also supporting and recognizing those manufacturers who call Temple home,” said Amanda Carlson, Director of Marketing and Communications for the Temple Economic Development Corporation. “Our most recent efforts are through Meet Temple, a talent attraction and retention initiative that helps 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 Manufacturing Pathways at area high schools, and graduates from STEM-focused training or degree programs from eight regional higher education institutions.
“With a booming manufacturing industry, there is increased demand for a skilled workforce,” noted Whitney Theriot, Vice President of the Temple Chamber of Commerce. “We do have existing pipelines in place to grow talent, to tap into transitioning soldiers, and MFG Day is a way we can help connect 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 will inspire a new generation of manufacturers in Temple.
Partnering manufacturers for the 2021 MFG Day initiative include MooreCo, Inc., Palladio Industries, Inc., Reynolds Consumer Products, Sunbelt Transformer, Temple Machine Shop, and Wilsonart.