A series of events being held to promote manufacturing in northeastern Pennsylvania was held last week in the region as part of a celebration of Manufacturing Day, which is set for Friday across the country.

– A series of events being held to promote manufacturing in northeastern Pennsylvania was held last week in the region as part of a celebration of Manufacturing Day, which is set for Friday across the country.

Spearheaded by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Industrial Resource Center (NEPIRC) in conjunction with manufacturers, the week-long series not only targeted business, industry and entrepreneurial leaders from our area, but also students in our schools who are being educated about manufacturing career opportunities right here at home.

"Representatives from area companies are getting involved, visiting schools and speaking about careers at their companies," said NEPIRC Executive Director Eric J. Esoda, CPA. "We want to reach out to students in our schools to make them aware that there are great manufacturing careers available in the Northeast."

Additionally, the week-long series featured national leaders in manufacturing who spoke at breakfast, lunch and dinner events on various topics involving innovation, manufacturing insights and customer service values.

At the first event, Roger Kilmer, director of the National Institute of Standards & Technology's Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program, presented "Manufacturing: The Industry of Innovation" at the Hilton Scranton and Conference Center at noon. An additional dinner presentation of Kilmer's speech was held at The Wren's Nest Restaurant in Mansfield at 5:30 p.m.

Last Thursday, Paul Marvel, CPA and partner with McGladrey LLP in Blue Bell, presented, "Manufacturing CEO Insights" during a continental breakfast presentation at Glenmaura National Golf Club in Moosic and a lunch presentation at Top of the 80's Restaurant in Hazleton. Marvel shared his insights as to what's on the minds of more than 900 CEOs and CFOs who participated in the 2012 McGladrey Monitor survey.

Last Friday was the first National Manufacturing Day and NEPIRC's sessions focused on "The True Meaning of Innovation: Creating Customer Value!" John Brandt, former publisher and editor-in-chief of IndustryWeek magazine, former president, publisher and editorial director of Chief Executive magazine and current CEO and founder of The MPI Group, served as the speaker for these sessions, which were held over lunch at the Towanda Country Club and over dinner at the Best Western East Mountain Inn in Wilkes-Barre.

As a follow-up to his keynote address at the national Manufacturing Innovation 2012 conference, Kilmer described the crucial role that emerging and mid-sized manufacturers play in domestic and global supply chains and share recent success stories that verify that U.S. manufacturing is alive and well thanks to innovative practices.

During his presentation, Kilmer used real-life examples of how small and mid-sized manufacturers across the nation are leveraging internal and external resources to introduce new products, develop value-added customer services, identify new markets and reinvent their business processes.

The presentation was part of NEPIRC's Manufacturing Week, which included events to promote the importance of manufacturing in local communities in support of the first National Manufacturing Day.

Manufacturing Day was designed to expand knowledge about and improve general public perception of manufacturing careers and manufacturing's value to the U.S. economy. Manufacturing Day was created to share information with students, parents, educators, media, customers, suppliers and the community at large and to provide information about real career opportunities, training and resources.

As part of Manufacturing Week, NEPIRC representatives from various industries visited with students in schools throughout the area to speak about the types of careers available in manufacturing throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. NEPIRC has also arranged for open houses and plant tours at various industries.

Manufacturing Week events also included sessions where industry leaders spoke at locations throughout the region about a variety of manufacturing topics, including business improvement resources and services delivered through manufacturing extension partnerships.

Visit www.nepirc.com/mfgweek2012 for more information on Manufacturing Week.

Manufacturing Week Champions who are assisting with the event include Action Lift, Inc., Bridon American, General Dynamics OTS, GENTEX Corporation, Greater Scranton Council Labor Union, HawkMtn Labs, Inc., Luzerne County Community College, PNC Bank, PPL, Procter & Gamble, Rosenn, Jenkins & Greenwald, LLP, and Weiler Corporation.

The Manufacturing Week Steering Committee members are Berwick Offray, Bridon American, Diamond Manufacturing, General Dynamics OTS, GENTEX Corporation, Hitachi Metals (HMAC), InterMetro Industries, Keystone North, Medico Industries, MetalKraft, Monadnock Non-Wovens LLC, Procter & Gamble, Pulverman, Ward Manufacturin and Weiler Corporation. Tobyhanna Army Depot has also assisting in planning Manufacturing Week events.