Board Converting News, May 9, 2022

NAM Helps Manufacturers Stand Out In Today’s Competitive Labor Market

As job recruiters rush back to campuses and career fairs nationwide, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and The Manufacturing Insti- tute’s Creators Wanted Tour Live continued to help manufacturers stand out in the competitive labor market this week in Freeport, Texas. The three-day tour stop, presented by Creators Wanted Legacy Sponsor Dow, drew more than 800 students to Brazosport Independent School District’s (ISD) new Career and Technical Education Center.

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More than 25,000 students and career mentors signed up online to learn more about manufacturing careers. Students came from all over the area, to get access to industry leaders, including: • Dow Senior VP of Operations, Manufacturing and Engineering John Sampson • Dow VP of Operations for the Gulf Coast Fernando Signorini • Cornerstone Building Brands Executive VP and Chief Human Resourc- es Officer Katy Theroux • Dow Plants A&B Manufacturing Director for Texas Operations Sharon Hulgan • BASF Corporation VP of Operations, Polyamide & Precursors Deborah McKitten. These leaders joined creators at their companies, as well as teammem- bers at Fluor Corporation, on livestreamed panels throughout the stop to discuss their career journeys and offer advice to students. Here are some of the themes of the event: Inclusion and diversity : Manufacturing is “for all,” said Dow Associate Research & Development Director Kalyani Martinelango during a Creators Panel on inclusion, diversity and equity. “For Dow to be competitive, we need to be inclusive. And it’s not just about diversity of gender or race, but thought, too. We have to be passionate about inclusion because it’s the right thing to do.” Change the world, live a good life : Panelists uniformly agreed that manufacturing careers offer significant benefits. From making sustainable products to driving innovations to advancing decarbonization to earning great pay, industry careers offer a lot. “Manufacturing is an awesome [ca- reer] option,” said Hulgan, who oversees two plants in the company’s Tex- CONTINUED ON PAGE 14 Some of the 800 students who attended the Creators Wanted event at the Bra- zosport ISD’s new Career and Technical Education Center.



May 9, 2022

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