Protolabs Selected to be Featured in National Manufacturing Tour
Protolabs’ digital manufacturing facilities in North Carolina and
Minnesota will be a part of annual National Association of Manufacturers
event that showcases the industry’s future
MAPLE PLAIN, Minn.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Digital manufacturing leader Protolabs
(NYSE: PRLB) will be showcased as part of the National Association of
Manufacturers (NAM) State of Manufacturing Tour, which highlights
manufacturing’s digital transformation, the job opportunities created by
this transformation, and the skills required now to work in the
industry. The cross-country tour will run from February 19-28, stopping
on Feb. 22 at Protolabs’ U.S. 3D printing facility in Raleigh, NC, and
the company’s Minneapolis-area CNC machining and injection molding
facilities on Feb. 25.
NAM’s President and CEO Jay Timmons and Manufacturing Institute
Executive Director Carolyn Lee will be a part of Protolabs’ events,
which will host students (at the Minnesota event) and include tours of
the manufacturing facilities.
“This year’s tour is about highlighting the ‘next frontier’ in
manufacturing, and every day Protolabs deploys the type of advanced
technologies that define modern manufacturing,” said Timmons. “We are
excited to tell Protolabs’ story and the positive impact the company is
having on communities across the country.”
Timmons and Lee will also participate in roundtable discussions with
Protolabs employees about the current state of manufacturing, workforce
opportunities, and how to adapt to changes as the industry continues to
evolve. In Minnesota, they will be joined by Jacob Frey, Minneapolis
Mayor, and E.J. Daigle, Dean of Robotics & Manufacturing at Minneapolis’
Dunwoody College of Technology.
“Protolabs is a pioneer in digital manufacturing,” said Vicki Holt,
President and CEO of Protolabs, who also serves as the Small and Medium
Manufacturers Vice Chair on NAM’s board of directors. “We’re excited to
be part of this event to provide an up-close view of what manufacturing
looks like today, how this digital evolution benefits product
developers, and how this tech-enabled manufacturing landscape is
creating new opportunities for workers.”
The NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the United States,
representing small and large manufacturers in all 50 states.
Manufacturing employs more than 12.8 million workers, contributes $2.25
trillion to the U.S. economy annually, and accounts for more than
three-quarters of all private-sector research and development in the
country, according to NAM statistics. The Manufacturing Institute is the
workforce and education partner of the NAM.
The Feb. 22 Raleigh event starts with a tour
at 4 p.m. (ET), followed by a roundtable discussion with NAM’s Timmons
and Lee and Protolabs employees. The 77,000 sq.-ft. Raleigh facility
houses Protolabs’ 3D printing services and is considered one of the
largest additive manufacturing plants in the world.
The Feb. 25 Minnesota events start with a tour of the Plymouth plant at
9:30 a.m. (CT), followed by a tour of the Brooklyn Park facility at
10:30 a.m. At 11 a.m., also in Brooklyn Park, Timmons, Lee, Frey,
Daigle, Protolabs employees, and area students will meet for a
roundtable discussion of manufacturing workforce opportunities.
Protolabs’ 154,000 sq.-ft. Plymouth plant includes injection molding
services, and its 215,000 sq.-ft. Brooklyn Park facility, which opened
this past fall, houses CNC machining services.
Protolabs is a leading digital manufacturing
source for rapid prototyping and on-demand production. The company
produces custom parts and assemblies in as fast as one day with
automated 3D printing, CNC machining, sheet metal fabrication, and
injection molding processes. Its digital approach to manufacturing
enables accelerated time to market, reduces development and production
costs, and minimizes risk throughout the product life cycle. Visit protolabs.com
for more information.
Highwire for Protolabs
Marketing Manager, PR & Media