HOW THE NEW HOLIDAY WILL KEEP THE AMERICAN MANUFACTURING PULSE PUMPING
This year, October is changing the future for American manufacturing and is bringing a bright side to the spooky month full of tricks and treats. From here on out, mark your calendar for the new holiday on October 5th, Manufacturing Day.
The director of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Roger Kilmer says Manufacturing Day was grounded in the need to get as many manufacturing-related associations and groups on board to help spread the word, encourage manufacturers to open their doors, and get the public inside for tours. To carry out this mission, hundreds of factories and facilities across the country will open their doors for educators, students, customers and the public at large to expose their true inner workings.
The manufacturing industry has been the pulse of American progress since the industrial revolution. Connecting the west to the east with miles of tracks began as an idea and became one of our nations biggest accomplishments. Year after year, America turns big ideas into reality inside the factories and chemical plants across out nation. We’ve put the internet in the palm of your hand and electric cars in your driveway. As American companies experience the benefits in re-shoring their manufacturing, it’s time we expand knowledge and improve the public perception of manufacturing careers and it’s value to the U.S economy.
The main issue addressed by Manufacturing Day is the disconnection between the general publics view of manufacturing and the actual truth behind the manufacturing industry. Manufacturing offers great high-paying, professional jobs, yet the public doesn’t view them that way and there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill more than 600,000 jobs right now.
- Manufacturing workers make more than $77,000 a year on average (about $20k more than other industries)
- For every 1$ of goods produced, manufacturing generates an additional $1.43 for the economy
- In just five states, manufacturing adds over half a trillion dollars to the economy
CHECK OUT THE VISUAL STORY LINE OF THE FACTS IN THIS INFO GRAPHIC.
The gift of photography let’s me capture the inner workings of factories and their employees to highlight accomplishment, progress and company objectives. I strive to reflect the hard work and passion that fuels every facility I shoot in every picture I create. It’s where forum meets function to create powerful and compelling images to help companies connect. View my Lightbox-Imaging Flickr photo stream alongside this blog and enjoy, share and experience industrial manufacturing through my lens.
To support American manufacturing this Halloween, pass out the famous Dum Dum’s and know your made in America Candy with the American made directory website.
To learn more on manufacturing day, visit www.mfgday.com
INDUSTRIAL PHOTOGRAPHY CAPTURES EVERYDAY LIFE EVERYWHERE
Photography breathes life into everything on the other side of the lens. A photograph puts life on hold and captures the world around us. No matter how fast life moves and despite how much happens every time you blink your eyes, a picture tells the truth. What you see is what you get.
You could be dazing off into a 50-foot windmill as you drive through Kansas or starring down the black tunnel of a subway station while your waiting for the train in New York City. My point is that what drives our everyday lives is often overlooked and we pay little attention to the industrial structures of our society because we are consumed inside of it.
As an industrial photographer I enjoy capturing everyday life and communicating the ways in which society sustains itself. My mission is to provide content to help people create a better understanding of the services, businesses, people and places that keep the engine of the world running. In other words, this sector of photography gives you an outside perspective to the inside ways of our day to day lives.
What do I do?
- portraiture of managers and executives
- documentation of construction progress
- instructional videography and photography
- photography that expresses company values and identity