Creating the Next Generation of Manufacturers

For decades, we have been pushing our kids to become as computer literate as possible.  High-tech gadgets and machinery dominate every aspect of modern society. From manufacturing, to health care, to communication, we certainly need as many highly trained programmers and engineers as we can get our hands on in order to keep up with the rest of the world. The real problem is getting young people with these hard earned STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills interested in actual, hands-on manufacturing.  No matter how many computer programmers we churn out, it will not be worth a great deal without also training and hiring skilled workers for manufacturing. Right now, the median age of manufacturing employees in the U.S. is 45, with 23% over 55.

There are a few different organizations working towards this important goal, here’s a quick look at some of our favorites.

  • Indiana’s Wells County Economic Development group recently held a guitar building camp that was both fun and educational. The camp brought together 12 junior-high aged students to build electric guitars and in the process teach he kids all about “…machining, project development, product scheduling, and quality control”.
  • Project Lead the Way (PLTW) is a combination of hands-on, real world activities and projects and intensive classroom training. It utilizes local manufactures to teach and train middle and high school students.

These are just a few of the many projects or organizations attempting to make manufacturing attractive to the next generation. If you work in the manufacturing industry, please reach out to a local school or youth group, and do all you can to get our kids excited about a career in manufacturing.

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Getting to Know FM Stainless

It is not easy to get to the top, and if you’re not careful it is easy to slip. The one thing that keeps everyone at FM Stainless in top form is our commitment to provide our customers the highest quality products coupled with the best overall ordering experience possible.  With over 30 years of experience, we are proud to be a domestic supplier of stainless steel products that include: Pipe Supports and Hangers, Expansion Anchors, Epoxy Anchoring Systems, and a variety of specialty fasteners

These products are used by a wide variety of exacting industries including:

  • Water and Waste Treatment
  • Marine Construction
  • Chemical and Petro Chemical Processing
  • Pulp Paper Mills
  • Bridge Construction
  • Power Plant Construction
  • Plant Maintenance and Refurbishment

Most of our employees have been with us more than a decade and many of our customers have been with us longer than that.  It is these strong and lasting relationships that we strive for.

In the end, our range of products and services bring people through the door, but it is our commitment to customer service and satisfaction that keeps them coming back.

If you want to learn more about how FM Stainless can provide you with the optimal solutions for your toughest pipe support and fastening problems, please visit our informative website or contact one of our products experts today!

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