Correct Craft president and CEO Bill Yeargin is making an appeal to boat manufacturers to participate in Manufacturing Day, which is set for Oct. 7.
The nationwide event is to promote awareness of U.S. manufacturing. It also offers an opportunity to educate potential employees, community members and local legislative leaders about opportunities in the boating industry.
“One of the biggest issues facing U.S. companies is the upcoming shortage of workers resulting from a growing economy and retiring baby boomers. Some estimate that the U.S. will experience a worker shortage of several million people by 2025. This will be a significant problem for the boating industry,” Yeargin wrote in the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s newsletter.
“Manufacturers are particularly impacted by this shortfall because of the reputation manufacturing has in the minds of many,” he said. “The truth is that manufacturing provides outstanding careers that pay well with good benefits in high-tech workplaces.”
“If we want to avoid a significant problem, we need to get the word out about the attractiveness of careers in manufacturing,” Yeargin said. “We need companies in the boating industry to join our Correct Craft companies in celebrating Manufacturing Day on Friday, Oct. 7.”
Each year Correct Craft celebrates Manufacturing Day by bringing high school students to its facilities for a day of tours and information.
“The kids always leave excited about manufacturing and with a new career opportunity in mind,” Yeargin concluded. “I strongly encourage our industry to join us and host a Manufacturing Day event this year.”