Cornerstone Building Brands to Host Virtual Manufacturing Day Events

by Emily Blackburn

In honor of National Manufacturing Day 2020,  Cornerstone Building Brands, a North American manufacturer of exterior building solutions, will host events throughout the month of October as part of an ongoing effort to promote the strength of U.S. manufacturing and increase awareness of the outstanding career opportunities in the field.

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, and to remain vigilant in keeping employees and the community safe, events will beheld virtually this year. Virtual agendas include a look inside modern manufacturing facilities, presentations from company leaders as well as question-and-answer sessions.

The following facilities, all part of the Cornerstone Building Brands family, will be participating in National Manufacturing Day:

October 20, 2020:

Ply Gem Siding facility in Gaffney, South Carolina

Ply Gem Siding facility in Jasper, Tennessee

October 22, 2020

Great Lakes Window facility in Toledo, Ohio

Ply Gem Windows facility in Bryan, Texas

October 23, 2020:

Ply Gem Windows facility in Bryan, Texas

October 29, 2020:

Engineered Buildings facility in Houston, Texas

Metal Coaters facility in Middletown, Ohio

National Manufacturing Day is an annual event that is supported at the local level by hundreds of manufacturers across the country.

These virtual tours and presentations are designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and career opportunities available to students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members.

James S. Metcalf, Chairman and CEO

“As we’ve seen throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, manufacturing is essential to the communities in which we live, work and play,” said James S. Metcalf, chairman and chief executive officer.

Severe Labor Shortages Expected

“In fact, manufacturers in the United States will need to fill 4.6 million jobs by 2028, causing an unprecedented shortage of the skilled workers who can design, program and operate the technology that will be needed to manufacture the products that our communities rely upon. For our company and countless others, it is crucial to help fill the skills gap that exists today and correct misconceptions about modern manufacturing to ensure the future of this important workforce.”

Manufacturing Day is produced by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) with key contributions and support from the Manufacturing Institute (MI) and Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP). In addition, they have launched the larger Creators Wanted initiative to reduce the skills gap and increase the number of students enrolling in technical or vocational schools.

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