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Cooper Tire’s MFG Day events start soon

Cooper Tire’s MFG Day events start soon

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company will again connect with more than 10,000 students, primarily eighth-graders, for
Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) events in 2019. National MFG Day 2019 is observed on October 4, yet
Cooper’s involvement begins later this month. The company will focus on communities where it has major facilities—Findlay, Ohio; Texarkana, Ark.; and Tupelo, Miss.

Besides participating in two community-wide local efforts, Cooper will host its own ‘Manufacturing Experience’ which includes highly interactive activities planned by the company’s Dream Team, a group of approximately 40 early-career employees from across the company who volunteer to showcase the advantages of careers in manufacturing throughout the year.

“A recent Deloitte/MI study revealed that an estimated 2.4 million positions in manufacturing will be left unfilled between 2018 and 2028. There is a wide gap between jobs that need to be filled and a talent pool of those who are capable and want to fill them,” said John Bollman, Cooper’s Chief Human Resources Officer. “That is why our company is so invested in efforts like MFG Day that seek to reverse negative perceptions of manufacturing among students at an early age. We must show them, at a point in their lives when their career aspirations are just being formed, how rewarding jobs in manufacturing can be. It’s one important way that we’ll help to inspire the workforce of the next generation and strengthen the future workforce pipeline.”

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