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The Manufacturing Institute and Spring Manufacturers Institute (SMI) are partnering to bring more young people into the manufacturing industry. SMI is one of just two industry associations that have joined the Institute's Dream It. Do It. program, which raises awareness of careers in manufacturing.

Through this partnership, SMI and its members will have access to market-tested materials targeting young people, parents and teachers about a career in modern manufacturing. The Dream It. Do It. program will be a key element in SMI's ongoing strategy to reach youth. The strategy includes organizing plant tours and school visits on Manufacturing Day in October 2017, as well as growing a network of industry "champions" to lead youth activities in regions across the country.

"We believe the Dream It. Do It. program is a game changer in the way we connect with the next generation pipeline of young people needed to support our businesses in the future," says SMI president Mike Betts, who is also the chairman and CEO of Fresno, Calif.-based Betts Company. "Attracting talented students to careers in manufacturing is critically important to the ongoing success of SMI member companies."

Jim Parsons, senior vice president, Myers Spring, is serving as SMI's Dream It. Do It. champion. "Spring manufacturing offers a large range of opportunities for students to get involved and make things that matter. With advanced technology, this industry provides higher-paying jobs with good career advancement paths and clean work environments," Parsons says.

More than 20 SMI ambassador companies are already participating in Manufacturing Day tours and Dream it. Do It. activities.

Established in 2005, Dream It. Do It. works to change the perception of the industry and inspire next-generation workers to pursue manufacturing careers. The initiative offers local manufacturers, schools, community-based organizations and other stakeholders the opportunity to partner with a respected national platform to promote manufacturing as a top-tier career choice in the United States.

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