Insight Lighting of Rio Rancho has been a Manufacturing Day participant since 2014. The maker of exterior and interior lighting products for high-end architectural projects has conducted tours of its facility for students, prospective buyers and community groups. Glenn Wright, vice president of operations, said the tours have been beneficial.
“The majority of our products are for out-of-state projects, but we have actually had several local contacts as a result of the tours we have conducted in the past,” Wright said. Insight Lighting also participates in job fairs as part of Manufacturing Day activities.
Manufacturing Day is a national initiative that aims to enhance public knowledge about the economic impact of manufacturing and introduce students to careers in manufacturing. Companies open their doors by hosting facility tours. The public attends, business associates and clients attend. Students see materials transformed. Elected officials champion their local businesses.
NM MEP sponsors events in New Mexico.
“We work with MEP coordinating tours and presentations for Manufacturing Day,” said Wright. NM MEP provides logistical support to participating companies willing to open their facilities to students, elected officials and the public.
And it doesn’t stop there. “Our mayor usually introduces a resolution to the governing body to support Manufacturing Day,” said Annmarie Garcia, public information officer for the City of Rio Rancho. “We participate in events that have been organized by MEP and help coordinate tours and presentations.”
Economic developers are keen to attract manufacturers to the state because of the well-paying jobs that are created. Local leaders anticipate increased tax revenue, especially when local products are exported beyond city limits and bring new money into the community to enhance public services.
“Manufacturing and jobs created by manufacturing are vitally important to the Rio Rancho economy,” said Mayor Gregg Hull. “Rio Rancho is home to many manufacturing companies, such as Intel, Insight Lighting, Lectrosonics, and U.S. Cotton. The jobs created by these manufacturing companies fuel both the local and state economy.”
While the national initiative is slated for the first Friday in October, New Mexico celebrates the entire month of October. Last year, 31 events took place around the state, including 25 facility tours and presentations hosted by manufacturers and resource organizations. About 150 students participated in tours and 3700 attended career fairs. Eleven proclamations were issued by the governor and mayors. Hosts included architectural woodworking factories, food and beverage producers, solar component manufacturers, medical device makers and more.
To join Manufacturing Day 2019, email firstname.lastname@example.org.