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National Manufacturing Day Celebrated

National Manufacturing Day Celebrated

Traffic signal hardware manufacturer, Pelco Products, Inc., Edmond, is one of many manufacturers that recognize the value of Oklahoma's CareerTech System.

The Oklahoma CareerTech System joins manufacturers across the state to celebrate National Manufacturing Day.

“We join with several Oklahoma manufacturers in celebrating National Manufacturing Day,” said Robert Sommers, director of the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education. “The resurgence in the manufacturing sector the past few years has created attractive career opportunities.”

Oklahoma’s CareerTech system is working with manufacturers to train the next generation of Oklahomans as part of our workforce development initiatives aimed at closing the skilled labor gap and making sure our state’s manufacturing base steadily grows, Sommers said.”

The sophistication of today’s manufacturing processes and systems requires technical training and skills.

M-D Building Products is a prime example of the resurgence taking place in America’s manufacturing sector. Founded in Oklahoma City in 1920, M-D Building Products is one of the country’s leading inventors, developers and manufacturers of energy efficiency products, floor trims and floor installation tools.

The company also specializes in customized aluminum and plastic extrusion manufacturing processes, employing more than 500 people in Oklahoma City and 800 nationwide, said Loren Plotkin, president and CEO of M-D Building Products.

One of the biggest challenges facing manufacturers is the overall public perception that jobs in manufacturing are unavailable or undesirable.

“While we enjoy a fine workforce at our Oklahoma City plant, the future of manufacturing rests with making sure the next generation understands today’s manufacturing environment includes highly trained technical employees and good paying opportunities,” Plotkin said.

As part of our long term growth strategy to take advantage of increasing demand for our line of commercial and residential building, weatherproofing and decorative products, we launched a program a few years ago to modernize and enhance the manufacturing equipment and systems at our Oklahoma City plant and build a new distribution center.”

“In Oklahoma, we are fortunate to have a robust CareerTech system to train workers to operate state-of-the-art systems used in today’s manufacturing processes,” Plotkin said.

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