The Big M event brought together manufacturers and policymakers dedicated to developing and implementing real-world solutions to the many challenges facing the US manufacturing industry. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, delivered the keynote address at the Big M speaking to the industry’s need for an image overhaul and urging manufacturers to help create more trade-based education.
“We need your help to update the image of manufacturing. Today, too many parents, teachers and guidance counselors still do not understand. Too many young people still do not understand that a career in manufacturing can be a challenging, rewarding way to earn a living,” Pritzker said.
Wong said of the event: “We were energized by Secretary Pritzker’s keynote discussing the addition of a new IMI (Institute for Manufacturing Innovation) focused on lightweight metals, in Canton, MI and the Investing in Manufacturing Community Partnership (IMCP) with Michigan’s designation as one of the first communities to be named to this initiative.”