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72 The PCB Magazine • November 2017 Meanwhile, several IPC member companies joined the growing list of Manufacturing Day local events as they opened their doors to the public to show what advanced electronics man- ufacturing looks like. IPC member company STI Electronics host- ed local school groups, including a group of fe- male engineers, to tour their manufacturing fa- cility in Madison, Alabama. Bay Area Circuits offered a presentation on importance of manufacturing and an overview of the PCB manufacturing process. The compa- ny also conducted a tour of its manufacturing facility, highlighting many key processes. Power Design Services gave a tour of their 10,000-square-foot facility, where attendees saw the printed circuit board assembly process. The event included a career fair and a brief pre- sentation on assembly technology and flow. Each year Manufacturing Day continues to exemplify the contributions our industry makes nationwide. If you missed the chance to celebrate the date this year, mark your calendar now for 2018! PCB References 1. IPC Supports Apprenticeships and Jobs 2. MFG Day Sponsors and Endorsers John Mitchell is president and CEO of IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries. To read past columns or to contact Mitchell, click here. tary experience sooner by allowing credit in ap- prenticeship requirements from previous mili- tary training. As an official endorser [2] of Manufacturing Day, IPC also reached out to several state gov- ernors requesting proclamations on the impor- tance of this annual celebration. Govs. Greg Ab- bott (R-TX), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Bruce Rauner (R-IL), and Tom Wolf (R-PA), each of- fered proclamations recognizing the contribu- tions of the advanced manufacturing industry in communities across the country. Similarly, on Manufacturing Day, President Donald Trump convened manufacturers from across the country for a White House ceremo- ny. During the service Trump signed a presiden- tial proclamation recognizing the importance of the country's manufacturing history. CONNECTING THE DOTS BETWEEN MANUFACTURING AND COMMUNITY

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