CNA is proud to endorse the first-ever Manufacturing Day on October 5, 2012. The day will highlight the importance of the Manufacturing industry to the United States economy and draw attention to the many rewarding high-skill jobs available within the industry. “We are well aware that there are upwards of 600,000 vacant manufacturing jobs in the United States,” said Steve Earley, Vice President and Manufacturing Segment Leader –CNA. “That is why CNA is proud to endorse important initiatives like Manufacturing Day, which seek to fill the talent pipeline within this industry.” Manufacturing Day is for students, parents, educators, media, customers, suppliers and the community at large. Through open houses, public tours, career workshops and other events, visitors will learn about real career opportunities, training, and resources. In addition, manufacturers will learn about business improvement resources and services delivered through manufacturing extension partnerships. CNA will continue the celebration of Manufacturing Day on Facebook and Twitter throughout the whole month of October with games, safety tips and helpful manufacturing-related facts. CNA will also be promoting its direct industry involvement at various trade shows, as well as by hosting a webinar on October 26 thtitled Human Factors – The Aging Workforce. The informational webinar will explore the various ways you can learn how to help your aging workers improve their efficiency, decrease work-related injuries, and positively influence your company’s bottom line. For more information on the webinar or to register, visit http://media.thefabricator.com/webcasts.cfm. Manufacturing Day is co-produced by Rockford, Ill.-based Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International (FMA), the U.S. Commerce Department's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and The Manufacturing Institute. It is supported by dozens of national and regional manufacturing associations, including CNA. CNA has been the preferred business insurance provider of the FMA for more than 20 years. In addition, over the past four years, the CNA Foundation has supported 27 summer manufacturing camps for Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs (NBT), FMA’s educational foundation. The mission of NBT is to engage, nurture and excite individuals of all ages in the pursuit of careers within the manufacturing industry.