Freedman Seating Company

Celebrating 2015 Manufacturing Day

Sep 10

Manufacturing Day℠ is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Although the event officially occurs on the first Friday in October—this year is October 2, 2015—any day can be a Manufacturing Day.

MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.

Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.

Why are Students and Parents Important to the Conversation?
One of the main challenges facing manufacturers today is a growing gap in skilled labor. More than 82 percent of manufacturers report a moderate or serious shortage in skilled production workers. More than 75 percent of manufacturers say the skill shortage has negatively impacted their ability to expand. To address this issue, more young people must be inspired to pursue manufacturing careers. Having students participate in Manufacturing Day events is a wonderful opportunity to start this conversation and begin ensuring the
future of manufacturing in the U.S.

DID YOU KNOW? Manufacturers have the highest job tenure in the private sector. Check out the “Manufacturing in America” infographic to learn more about the facts of manufacturing. 

#MFGDAY15 at Freedman Seating

Students from Austin Polytechnical Academy will begin the day with a tour of Freedman Seating Company (4545 W. Augusta Blvd.), a family owned-and-operated business committed to meeting the highest standards in the industry. Today, Freedman Seating Company employs nearly 750+ people and is one of the nation's largest specialty seating manufacturers located on the west side of Chicago. Students will learn directly from a manufacturer what skills are needed for a career in manufacturing. Students will also meet graduates from the Jane Adams Resource Corp. (JARC) job training program that are currently employed at Freedman Seating and have the opportunity to discuss what life is like working in manufacturing, ask questions, and introduce themselves.

Following the tour, students will travel by bus to JARC's training facility located at 4222 N. Ravenswood Ave. At JARC, students will participate in an “Open House” which will feature demonstrations at the following stations:
- CNC Turning
- CNC Milling
- Press Brake
- Robotic Welding
- Mig Welding
- Careers in Metal Fabrication or Machining

Chicago Metro Metal Consortium
CMMCworks to support and strengthen the region’s 3,700 metal manufacturing firms. This cluster represents $30 billion of annual revenues and 100,000 employees. CMMC offers metal manufacturers tools, services and resources to improve and grow their businesses through collaboration and networking, market intelligence and the promotion of the region as the national’s leading center for metal manufacturers. Members of the CMMC include all seven counties in northeastern Illinois, the City of Chicago and over 45 partners including research institutions, workforce agencies and training colleges, businesses and private member organizations.
www.chicagometrometal.org.

Jane Addams Resource Corporation
JARC is a Center for Working Families that focuses on job training and workforce development. JARC’s job training programs target strategic skills gaps in the manufacturing sector, such as Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machinist and welder.
www.jane-addams.org

Freedman Seating Company

Freedman Seating has become a leading supplier to the US domestic bus and transportation industry. Manufacturing seats for bus, rail, marine, delivery truck, specialty and commercial vehicle markets, Freedman Seating supplies to major OEMs, over 250 bus distributors, the federal government, and many states and municipalities throughout North America.

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