On Friday Correct Craft companies across the country hosted local students from area high schools and colleges as part of National Manufacturing Day.
Manufacturing Day is an annual event during which North American manufacturers open their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers, while changing the misperception of manufacturing as an antiquated industry designed for low-skilled workers.
A celebration meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers, Manufacturing Day provides manufacturers with an opportunity to connect directly with students to begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.
More than 70 students visited the SeaArk (Monticello, Ark.), Bass Cat & Yar-Craft (Mountain Home, Ark.), Centurion-Supreme (Merced, Calif.) and Pleasurecraft Engine Group (Little Mountain, S.C.) factories where they were given in-depth tours to learn how boats are built and opportunities to learn more about the careers available in marine manufacturing.
Nautique Boat Company in Orlando will host their Manufacturing Day event scheduled for later this month.
“We’re excited to have 100 percent of Correct Craft companies participate in Manufacturing Day to share with students across the country the many opportunities in manufacturing,” said Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin. “Manufacturing, and particularly marine manufacturing, provides wonderful career opportunities and our team is excited to share these opportunities with the next generation.”