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70 The PCB Magazine • November 2017 Across the United States, the first Friday in October represents the annual celebration of Manufacturing Day. On this date, manufac- turers and supporters come together to cele- brate the longevity and success of our industry. Since 2012, Manufacturing Day has served as a chance to learn about the businesses that thrive in our communities and contribute greatly to the economy. The manufacturing industry has proven vi- tal to the success and growth of our communi- ties, and our communities are essential to the success of manufacturing. From printed cir- cuit boards to cellphones, chances are there is a manufacturing facility near you, creating prod- ucts that you may not even realize you use. Manufacturing Day began with a goal to in- vite students, educators, businesspeople, media, and politicians to facilities across the country to educate them on the ins and outs of our indus- try. It has since evolved into an opportunity to inform visitors of the numerous career options in the manufacturing sector and the public pol- icy issues that affect our success. For example, manufacturers across the country have expressed concern over the pe- rennial shortage of skilled talent. Leading into Manufacturing Day, IPC offered a letter of sup- port for the Apprenticeship and Jobs Training Act (S.1352) [1] , which was introduced in the U.S. Congress by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA). The act would create a $5,000 tax credit for up to three years for companies that hire and pay employees enrolled in a federal- or state-registered apprentice program, as well as allow senior employees near retirement to draw from pensions early if they're involved in mentoring or training new employees. Additionally, this act will help vet- erans get into skilled jobs that match their mili- Connecting the Dots Between Manufacturing and Community ONE WORLD, ONE INDUSTRY by John Mitchell IPC —ASSOCIATION CONNECTING ELECTRONICS INDUSTRIES

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