North Easton Machine Co. held an open house on Friday October 4th to celebrate National Manufacturing Day. Students, elected officials and the local community were invited to tour the facility on Elm Street.
In the morning, North Easton Machine hosted one hundred and twenty high school students from Bristol Plymouth Regional Vocational Technical High School, Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School, South Shore Vocational-Technical High School, Diman Regional Vocational Technical High School and Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical School.
The students took tours of the shop floor and spoke with the company’s President Jon Holbrook and Vice President Paul Diamond about careers in manufacturing. Meghan Abella-Bowen was also on site representing Bristol Community College’s Engineering Program. She fielded student questions about earning a degree in the manufacturing field.
From 1:00 – 4:00 PM North Easton Machine opened its doors to the public, providing facility tours and information to anyone interested. Elected officials from the state and town of Easton, including Representative Claire Cronin, Representative Shauna O’Connell, and Easton Town Administrator David Colton attended.
This year marked the second annual Manufacturing Day, a national day created to educate the public about the manufacturing industry in the United States. On this day, local manufacturers open their doors to show the public what they do, in a unified effort to change misconceptions about the industry. MFG Day (as it has been dubbed) is an opportunity for companies to address labor shortages, connect with younger generations, and create a positive image of their businesses. North Easton Machine's event provided a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see firsthand the work that’s done in a manufacturing shop and learn what “Made in America” means to the local economy.