Freedman Seating to Host Manufacturing Month Events

Program Designed to Expand Knowledge of Manufacturing, Improve Public  Perception of Manufacturing Career Opportunities

Chicago, IL – In celebration of Manufacturing Day (October 5th) and Manufacturing Month, Freedman Seating Company will open its doors on several occasions throughout October to more than 40 students, community leaders and educators as part of an effort to change people’s perceptions about today’s manufacturing environment and draw attention to the outstanding opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide.

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Planned manufacturing events include:

  • Factory tours
  • Local Food Trucks
  • Panel discussions with employees throughout various disciplines
  • On-site job applications and opportunity information

Industry events and celebrations include:

  • 10/2 BusCon Expo (Indianapolis, IN)
  • 10/5 Manufacturing Day
  • 10/5 Employment Champions Breakfast, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future
  • 10/19 FSC Factory Tours
  • 10/25 Fall Social, Jane Addams Resource Corporation
  • 10/26 FSC Factory Tours

Freedman Seating welcomes the following organizations among others throughout Manufacturing Month:

  • Greater Northwest Chicago Development Corporation (GNCDC)
  • Illinois Manufacturing Excellence Center (IMEC)
  • Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
  • Triton College (River Grove, IL)

Manufacturing Day is an annual national event executed at the local level supported by thousands of manufacturers as they host students, teachers, parents, job seekers and other local community members at open houses, plant tours and presentations designed to showcase modern manufacturing technology and careers.

“There is an increasing demand for highly skilled professionals in the manufacturing sector who can design, program and operate technology,” said John-Paul Paonessa, Marketing Manager. “Between now and 2020 there will be an unprecedented shortage of skilled workers who will need to be replaced.”

Manufacturing Day is co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute (MI), the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST), Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), and guest producer Industrial Strength Marketing (ISM).

More information on Manufacturing Day is available at

About Freedman Seating Company
Freedman Seating is a seat manufacturer in Chicago, IL; designing, engineering, and manufacturing seat related products for many different markets, including small bus, mid-size coach, heavy-duty transit, rail, marine, delivery truck, and para-transit. Freedman Seating is a ISO 9001 registered company with an on-site A2LA Accredited Mechanical Testing Lab.

Media Contact:
John-Paul Paonessa

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