Protolabs Selected as Part of National Manufacturing Tour

Protolabs’ digital manufacturing facilities in North Carolina and Minnesota will be a part of annual National Association of Manufacturers event.

Protolabs’ digital manufacturing facilities in North Carolina and Minnesota will be a part of annual National Association of Manufacturers event.

Protolabs is being 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 takes place in late February. 

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,” says Timmons.  

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,” says 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 a large 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. 

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