YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The City of Youngstown celebrated National Manufacturing Day with a day of its own dedicated to the industry.
The idea of Manufacturing Day is to draw attention to the opportunities that a career in manufacturing can provide those in the region.
Mayor John McNally gave a proclamation to honor the day, and several local organizations including the Youngstown Business Incubator, came together in the hopes of changing the perception of manufacturing in the Valley.
Cris Young, executive vice president of Hudson Fasteners, said the idea that the Youngstown area is a decaying industrial sector is an outdated notion.
“Stop walking around calling it the Rust Belt. It’s not good for the people coming up behind us, you know?” she said.
Statistics show that jobs in the manufacturing sector are growing, and growing faster than the workforce can handle.
It is estimated that 3.5 million jobs will be needed, and 2 million will go unfilled.
The problem is the lack of education and skilled workers in the manufacturing fields.
Local manufacturers say if the population changes the perception of the Youngstown region, the city will reap the benefit.