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Rockford again opens its doors to mark National Manufacturing Day

September 19, 2019  

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Rockford Systems, LLC. will be commemorating National Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) on October 4 by hosting an Open House in its new facilities located at 5795 Logistics Parkway in Rockford, Ill.

Scheduled to run from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the free event features a manufacturing and safety presentation in the company’s training centre, an interactive demonstration of safeguarded machines and combustion safety solutions, a laser-scanner maze, a SolidWorks CAD demo, and discussion of important machines and tools used in the manufacturing process.

Throughout the day, students will have the opportunity to discuss careers in the dynamic, fast-changing field of modern manufacturing. In addition, several other manufacturers and local suppliers to the company will have booths on display for guests to view.

MFG Day was founded in 2012 by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association to address common misperceptions about manufacturing and to give companies like Rockford System an opportunity to open their doors and show, at a local level, what manufacturing is and what it isn’t.

Rockford Systems hosted its first MFG Day Open House in 2017.

Three local schools are scheduled to attend Rockford Systems Manufacturing Day: Washington Academy in Belvidere, Guilford High School in Rockford, and Jefferson High School in Rockford; all of which will each send approximately 50 students.

The morning sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are exclusively reserved for those students, while the 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. session is open to the general public and can accommodate smaller groups of students.

To register for this event, please visit Eventbrite.

Attendees to Rockford Systems MFG Day Open House are required to wear closed-toe shoes and tie hair long hair back to ensure safety. Students under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult or participate with a school group.


While more than 12.8 million Americans currently working in the manufacturing sector, the highest since 1949, the industry is on the upswing. In fact, the industry faces a workforce crisis with manufacturers needing to fill 4.6 million high-paying jobs over the next decade.

Heightened demand has drawn more high-school students to technical and vocational schools to learn job-specific manufacturing skills. Along with greater earnings potential, pursuing a manufacturing career also means lower student debt.

According to the College Board, the average cumulative student debt balance in 2017 was $26,900 for graduates of public four-year schools and $32,600 for graduates of private nonprofit four-year schools. Conversely, the average debt load for students graduating from a two-year technical school is $9,800, roughly 70 per cent less than the four-year graduate.

For more information on Rockford Systems, visit www.rockfordsystems.com.

For more information on MFG Day 2019, visit www.mfgday.com.

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