North American Lighting hosts Manufacturing Day for sixth graders


In celebration of Manufacturing Day 2019, North American Lighting, Inc (NAL) visited about 250 students as part of an effort to highlight modern automotive manufacturing—a vibrant and growing industry that offers diverse career opportunities.

NAL visited Marshall North School, Crestwood School and Mayo Middle School, to showcase a presentation explaining NAL’s manufacturing cycle and lead a hands-on activity to demonstrate a manufacturing production process. Students were challenged to package fake Hershey’s Kisses using marbles, foil and ribbon in an assembly line and apply what they learned from the manufacturing presentation.

The activity required students to staff their assembly line with classmates, assign roles and responsibilities, design a packaging prototype, mass produce their wrapped product, and inspect quality. Students had fun using the Japanese kaizen principle, which means to continuously make improvements.

Teams used kaizen methods to make changes in their assembly lines and finished product, just like NAL uses the kaizen method in daily operations to observe, measure, experiment, verify and document improvements in their work.

MFG Day, an annual national event held in communities across the country, is supported by thousands of manufacturers with school visits along with open houses for students, teachers, parents and community members, hosting plant tours and more to change perceptions of manufacturing and highlight the high-tech and innovative companies that are solving tomorrow’s challenges today.

“MFG Day allows companies like ours to showcase the reality of manufacturing and the variety of local career opportunities available,” said Kayla Boyll, Corporate Branding Specialist. “We are proud to share the innovative work we are doing in Paris, Illinois, and hope that our time spent with the students will generate interest in the industry.”

First held in 2012 by its founder, the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, MFG Day is now organized by The Manufacturing Institute—the education and workforce partner of the National Association of Manufacturers.

These events around the country give manufacturers the opportunity to address the skills gaps they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry as a whole.