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  1. Dream It Do It: What’s So Cool About Manufacturing Award Ceremony

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    We are so proud to have had the opportunity to be a part of “Dream It Do It: What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest.  Last week, Dream It Do It had their annual video contest award ceremony for Berks County and we were thrilled to be there to witness it!

    The contest was a huge success, recognized nationally and across the entire state of Pennsylvania.  The objective of the video contest was to promote STEM and the manufacturing industry disproving the myth that manufacturing isn’t cool!

    In today’s world, oftentimes when we discuss manufacturing, our thoughts are immediately drawn to greasy factories, smoke stacks, and steam engines. It is important to remind the future generations of how exciting the manufacturing industry can be.

    We hope to inspire others to be as passionate about manufacturing careers as we are.  It is projected, that over the next few years the manufacturing industry will have over 2 million open positions.  The manufacturing industry is one of the most important industries in our society.  We need to get more people involved and to fill those jobs and future ones!

    The “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contest gave kids the chance to explore the world of manufacturing first-hand. Student teams were assigned to different manufacturers in their local areas.

    Once the groups were assigned to a manufacturing company, they arranged an appropriate time to tour the facility with a GoPro and other camera equipment.  During their days at the manufacturing facilities, the students used the equipment to record video footage that would express why they thought manufacturing was cool.

    The students had the opportunity to edit their footage in creative ways that would get the message across.  Once the project was completed, the videos were made public and entered in a contest which voters could access and vote on their favorite videos.

    American Crane & Equipment Corporation was assigned to a group of six female students from the Daniel Boone Middle School.  We had a great time hosting the students and showing them around our facility.

    The students were able to see, step-by-step, the process of what it takes to manufacture one of our cranes.  They also had the chance to operate our cranes with the supervision of our maintenance manager.

    There will be several other “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” video contests hosted by Dream It Do It as we make our way through the spring.  To check out the videos and learn more about the contests, visit:  https://dreamitdoitpa.com/video-contests/

  2. Calling All Women in Manufacturing
    American Crane Partners with WiM to Support Leadership and Education

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    Led by our Executive Vice President (and woman in manufacturing!), Karen Norheim, the American Crane Team is proud to support the 2016 Women in Manufacturing (WiM) Summit in Nashville, TN. The summit will take place on September 19 through September 21st at the Loews Vanderbilt Hotel.

    A national association dedicated to supporting, promoting, and inspiring women in the manufacturing industry, WiM represents more than 500 members offering engaging perspectives from construction, aerospace, high technology, metals, life sciences, oil and gas, automotive, and more from across the country.WiM to Support Leadership

    The network offers both regional and national programming, professional development webinars, and collaborative events such as the GE Women’s Leadership Lab. As part of the host committee for September’s Summit, our team is proud to support a full agenda of plant tours, workshops, seminars, speaker events, and panels dedicated to the future of women in the industry. Just a few of the event’s highlights include:

    • Tours of General Motors Spring Hill, the Tennessee Bun Company, Lochinvar, Bridgestone LaVergne, and the Nissan Smyrna Vehicle Assembly Plant
    • Opening Remarks from U.S. Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn
    • Speaker events highlighting additive manufacturing, women in STEM, and manufacturing and entrepreneurship
    • Minute Mentoring workshops and networking
    • In-depth industry roundtables
    • An Importance of Leadership Development panel and the 2016 Leadership Lab for Women in Manufacturing graduate panel

    We couldn’t be happier to join professionals at NTMA, Interlake Industries, UPS, and the entire WiM network in helping to create an event stacked with professional resources, cutting-edge information, and skill-building for our industry peers. At American Crane, we strongly believe that programs from WiM, STEM education, and national events like MFG Day are essential both to the success of our company and the future of manufacturing.

    In the words of our own Executive Vice President, “Manufacturers need to have diversity in order to have a competitive edge.” Karen’s personal support as an ambassador for women in technical careers has been highlighted at panels for past WiM Summits, National Manufacturing Day, Nuclear Science Week, and countless others.

    She joins a full host of executives, managers, students, operational professionals, and service providers in the WiM network to offer opportunities for women nationwide, year-round. The whole American Crane Team joins Karen in believing that mentoring — and supporting diversity — is part of our job, and our future as a company.

    Learn more about the American Crane commitment to service and quality by downloading our crane buyer’s guide, or contact the team at Women in Manufacturing to get involved with programming, events, and mentoring in your area.

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