If you’re heading to FABTECH this November in Las Vegas make sure you pack a good pair of sneakers.
On Sunday, November 11th, the inaugural RUN4MFG (clever name) 5K will be held in the streets of Sin City, giving people the chance to show their support for manufacturing with every stride they take.
Runners and sponsors have four different charitable organization to donate to. The groups involved are:
- The foundation of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, Nuts, Bolts & Thingamajigs
- The Society of Manufacturing Engineers
- The Precision Metalforming Association
- The American Welding Society
Each group works towards the same goal of promoting a strong manufacturing future through different methods. Nuts, Bolts, & Thingamajigs offers grants to educational institutions that introduce young people to metal forming and fabricating careers. They also have a summer camp program and issue scholarships to students at colleges and trade schools who are pursuing careers in manufacturing.
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers develops outreach programs to encourage students to study the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) as well as manufacturing.
The Precision Metalforming Association, which was established 16 years ago, helps develop a trained, motivated workforce through several means, including the Metalworking Skills Assessment for job applicants with limited prior experience in metalworking.
In short, these four groups want to raise money to ensure that more kids become interested in manufacturing and skilled labor and take it up as a career in the future. If that sounds like a goal you’d like to support then you should make sure you’re registered for the event before you head to FABTECH in November. Or if you just want the chance to say you ran down the Las Vegas strip for a charity, then you can also register.
The RUN4MFG website has more details on the 5K and forms to fill out if you’re going to take part in it.