GREENE, N.Y., October 6, 2020 — The Raymond Corporation observed National Manufacturing Day with more than 2,000 student registrants from around the country during an interactive digital event October 2, 2020. National Manufacturing Day is an annual celebration of the manufacturing industry organized by the National Association of Manufacturers.
This year was the first year Raymond’s Manufacturing Day was an entirely digital event, enabling students to discover what advanced manufacturing operations really look like via a virtual experience. The event included a virtual factory tour, interactive quizzes, associate testimonials and department demonstrations. The future workforce also heard from Raymond executives, including the senior director of operations and quality, Tony Topencik.
“The material handling industry is in need of the younger generation’s innovative thinking, which can push and challenge our industry to stretch and reach new potential,” Topencik said. “We want to ignite curiosity among students about career possibilities that they might not have previously considered.”
As manufacturers seek to fill 4.6 million high-skill, high-tech jobs over the next decade, participating in Manufacturing Day events allows companies to engage students at an age when they are still finding their interests and deciding what types of careers they want to explore.
“Raymond’s Manufacturing Day event was thought-provoking and engaging. The students really enjoyed the experience. We were all impressed with how organized and interactive the website was. We hope they do a virtual event again next year as well!” said Sonnet Constable, work-based learning coordinator, Delaware-Chenango-Madison-Otsego Board of Cooperative Educational Services (DCMO BOCES) in Chenango County, New York.
Nearly 60 classrooms participated in the event, for which Raymond gave teachers educational materials to support their curriculums and help students engage in new and interactive experiences. As part of the course, students were enabled to upload photos of themselves navigating the digital event.
About The Raymond Corporation
The Raymond Corporation, a Toyota Industries Company, is a leading global provider of best-in-class material handling products and intelligent intralogistics solutions. Built on principles of innovation and continuous improvement for over 95 years, Raymond’s integrated automation, telematics, virtual reality and advanced energy solutions provide ways to optimize operations and bring warehouse and distribution operations to a new level of performance. Raymond® electric forklift trucks are engineered to achieve increased productivity and efficiency and are designed to provide ecological and economic benefits. In partnership with Toyota Advanced Logistics Solutions, Raymond delivers solutions to material handling and logistics markets in North America and globally. Combining operational excellence, award-winning innovation and world-class global customer support, we work together to run better, manage smarter and keep our customers always on.
About National Manufacturing Day
Established in 2011 and held annually on the first Friday in October, MFG Day — National Manufacturing Day — helps show the reality of modern manufacturing careers by encouraging thousands of companies and educational institutions around the nation to open their doors to students, parents, teachers and community leaders. 2020 marks Raymond’s sixth straight year participating in National Manufacturing Day.
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