By Office of Corporate Communications
October 12, 2016
Two dates in October this year bring attention to important aspects of the United States Mint’s mission: manufacturing circulating, precious metal, and collectible coins and national medals.
On Oct. 7, over 1,800 events across the country celebrated modern manufacturing on Manufacturing Day. Four co-producers came together to provide support for MFGDay, including Manufacturing Extension Partnership (part of the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology); the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International; the Manufacturing Institute; and the National Association of Manufacturers.
MFGDAY.com explains the purpose of the day:
“MFG DAY addresses common misperceptions about manufacturing by giving manufacturers an opportunity to open their doors and show, in a coordinated effort, what manufacturing is — and what it isn’t. By working together during and after MFG DAY, manufacturers will begin to address the skilled labor shortage they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing, and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the whole industry.
Supported by a group of industry sponsors and co-producers, MFG DAY is designed to amplify the voice of individual manufacturers and coordinate a collective chorus of manufacturers with common concerns and challenges. The rallying point for a growing mass movement, MFG DAY empowers manufacturers to come together to address their collective challenges so they can help their communities and future generations thrive.”
Also this month, the United States Mint is holding a Numismatic Forum on Thursday, Oct. 13, in Philadelphia, Pa. The purpose of the event is to gather leaders and stakeholders of the numismatic community to explore ways to stimulate and revitalize the hobby.
“It seems only appropriate that, while we as a bureau are celebrating our history, the Mint is also looking for ways to improve the way we engage our customers and invigorate our relevance into the future,” said United States Mint Principal Deputy Director Rhett Jeppson.
The Forum will discuss the future of the Mint and the numismatic environment as a whole. As the U.S. Mint approaches its 225th anniversary next year, this unique opportunity to examine and discuss the Mint’s past, present and future will help move all the elements of the numismatic industry forward.
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