More than 80 schools joined Honda plants in Ohio, Indiana, Alabama and South Carolina to celebrate National Manufacturing Day on October 2. However this year Honda hosted its first-ever virtual manufacturing experience for the students and teachers because of the COVID restrictions. The hand-off from hands-on to a virtual experience marked Honda’s 10th annual Manufacturing Day.
“Honda has been a true industry leader in helping to build the modern manufacturing workforce,” explained Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers and chairman of the board for The Manufacturing Institute. “From its commitment to MFG Day to its historic investment in our ‘Creators Wanted’ campaign, Honda is showing students, parents and educators the extraordinary opportunities available in our high tech industry. The NAM and The Manufacturing Institute are proud to continue our longstanding partnership with Honda as we inspire a new generation of creators to pursue rewarding careers.”
Previous Honda Manufacturing Day events have typically included in-person plant tours, presentations and problem-solving simulations for students. Hosting this year’s event required some creative thinking, as Honda associates devised a compelling virtual Manufacturing Day to share their manufacturing know-how with students from high schools, STEM academies, technical centers and two- and four-year colleges.
Dealernews has been lucky enough to tour Honda Manufacturing plants in the past, including Marysville last October:
and the Talon production line in South Carolina back in February, 2019:
“The future success of Honda, and society as a whole, relies on developing the next generation of people who are passionate about making and building things,” said Rick Schostek, executive vice president of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “Manufacturing Day is a great opportunity to shine a light on our industry, showcase our commitment to the next generation workforce and let society know about the outstanding careers and opportunities that exist in manufacturing.
If you missed National Manufacturing Day, Honda has created a stand-alone site just for event, learn more here:
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