LOWELL, Mass. ,

What: In connection with Manufacturing Day, a national celebration on Oct. 5 to inspire the next-generation workforce, Kronos Incorporated will sponsor an official MFG Day event hosted by Hypertherm, a New Hampshire manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software. Through its “SHAPE for STEM” program, Hypertherm will welcome more than 60 middle school students to tour one of its modern manufacturing facilities, participate in hands-on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities, and explore the bright possibilities of a career in manufacturing. In support of Hypertherm’s MFG Day event, Kronos has donated to the company’s HOPE Foundation to fund students’ transportation to and from the manufacturing plant.

When: Friday, Oct. 12, 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Where: Hypertherm, 71 Heater Road, Lebanon, New Hampshire

Why: STEM skills are vital to succeed in many industries – especially manufacturing – and early exposure to STEM activities offers students a head-start in building important problem solving and critical thinking skills and opens their minds to exciting career possibilities. The Kronos 2018 Manufacturing Day Survey found that 58 percent of parents of kids under 18 want their child to be knowledgeable about STEM subjects and 43 percent agree STEM-focused careers have a promising future. However, findings revealed that only 20 percent of parents associate STEM education with the manufacturing industry. This knowledge gap validates the importance of Manufacturing Day and ongoing collaboration between industry leaders and academia to raise the profile of the industry. Through its SHAPE for STEM initiative, Hypertherm is working to expose as many students as possible to STEM-based manufacturing careers. In doing so, the company hopes to empower young people to make a more informed decision when it comes time to choose their future academic and career path. Kronos is proud to support Hypertherm’s efforts and remains confident that, as an industry, we will succeed in bringing awareness to the industry’s surging growth, strong economic outlook, and wide availability of high paying jobs.

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