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National Manufacturing Day 2015: Celebrating Manufacturers, Educators and Innovators

  • By: Communications
  • October 2, 2015
  • Category: Culture

National Manufacturing Day

On October 2, manufacturers around the United States will come together to celebrate the importance of their work through National Manufacturing Day. With a mission to improve the public’s perception of manufacturing careers and the industry’s value to the U.S. economy, National Manufacturing Day is designed to address the challenges and misperceptions about the industry as a whole.

Empowering Next-gen Leaders

As one of the largest semiconductor manufacturers in the world, GLOBALFOUNDRIES is committed to inspiring the next generation of leaders and making a positive contribution to the future of U.S. manufacturing.

As part of our celebration of Manufacturing Month in 2015, GF has scheduled a series of education initiatives, technology showcases, demonstrations and tours at its facilities in the “Northeast Tech Corridor,” anchored by our company’s presence in East Fishkill, Albany and Malta in New York as well as in Burlington, Vermont. Our activities will highlight the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s economy with special attention focused on students and educators to better prepare the workforce for tomorrow.

P-TECH: Inspiring Young Minds

GF serves as a proud industry partner to four Pathways to Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) programs in the Hudson and Tech Valley regions. Launched by IBM in 2011 and subsequently endorsed by President Obama, P-TECH is a public-private collaborative that links K-12 and higher education institutions to industry. The collaborative partnership enables high school students to complete an associate’s degree in a technical field that is aligned with industry needs and receive first-in-line consideration for job opportunities with participating companies upon graduation.

On Tuesday, October 13, GF Fab 8 is opening its doors to more than 200 students and educators of P-TECH to create excitement for the opportunities of advanced manufacturing. Through interactive presentations and STEM-related activities, we will educate P-TECH students and teachers about our operations and the career opportunities available in the semiconductor industry.

In addition to our event, we are reaffirming our commitment to support P-TECHs across the state through our new mentor program. As a part of this program, GF will mobilize more than 60 employees to coach P-TECH students as they embark on their education paths to a career in advanced manufacturing.

As a complement to our P-TECH partnership, we have helped raise more than $500,000, together with a coalition of business partners, to support STEM education through FIRST® programs in New York’s Tech Valley. Founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, FIRST® strengthens interest in STEM through a series of extra-curricular robotics programs for students in grades K-12. We are excited to work with Tech Valley FIRST® and with our partners to grow STEM programming along the Northeast Tech Corridor and invest in our next generation of leaders.

Through these initiatives, GF is helping inspire students to pursue their passions, open their eyes to the captivating world of nanotechnology, and guide them on an education pathway that supports advanced manufacturing.

Innovating to Advance Manufacturing

National Manufacturing Day offers the opportunity for GF to reflect on the progress and the importance of the manufacturing industry as a whole. Manufacturing has always been, and continues to be, at the heart of the US economy. It drives value creation, innovation and employment, and it plays a pivotal role in securing our nation’s interests and leadership in the global community. GF is proud to join manufacturers around the country in a collaborative effort to expand awareness of the exciting opportunities available in manufacturing today. Our future depends on our ability to strengthen and advance this vital sector, and National Manufacturing Day is an ideal way to accelerate that process.

UPDATE: On October 20, the Saratoga County Board of Supervisors officially designated the month of October 2015 as “Manufacturing Month” in Saratoga County to express their appreciation and congratulations to all manufacturing companies in Saratoga County for their invaluable contributions towards building and sustaining the County’s vibrant economy.

To learn more about how GF is celebrating manufacturers, educators and innovators, please visit our events websites:




Join @GF and share your contributions to manufacturing and include the official Manufacturing Day hashtag #MfgDay15

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