(DEARBORN, Mich.) – SME, an organization dedicated to supporting manufacturing through training, events, media and membership, has announced #MFGis, an awareness campaign to help students, educators, professionals and companies tell their stories of “what manufacturing is” through storytelling, social media and multimedia.
The #MFGis campaign allows individuals and organizations to share compelling stories of how manufacturing has impacted their lives; or what manufacturing means to them. SME welcomes submissions about career and education experiences, family and company stories, and new technologies in manufacturing.
“Manufacturing is high-tech, innovative and an amazing career opportunity,” said Wayne Frost, chief executive officer of SME. “Those of us who have been part of the industry know that, and through #MFGis, SME has created a new forum to tell manufacturing stories, dispel stereotypes and create awareness of the lucrative careers that are available.”
#MFGis has launched with the theme “#MFGis generational” and features Rodney Grover, an SME Education Foundation staff member who has been involved in the manufacturing industry since the age of 12. Through #MFGis, Grover, a third-generation manufacturing professional, told how his grandfather and father inspired him to pursue a career in manufacturing, and how he hopes to have passed that passion and inspiration onto his two children.
“I hope my story — and that of my family — can help demonstrate the importance of our industry to the next generation, and show the many opportunities a career in manufacturing can lead to,” said Grover. “Manufacturing, to me, is about generations. So much of manufacturing production is taking place in small shops, just like the one I grew up in.”
Each quarter, SME will announce new themes or topics for story submissions and is rolling out this campaign with the following:
- #MFGis … educational.
- #MFGis … fun.
- #MFGis … generational.
More information and criteria for submission can be found at sme.org/mfgis.