We had a great day with students from Northeast High School. One of the main challenges facing manufacturers today is a growing gap in skilled labor. Our goal is to inspire more young people to pursue manufacturing careers. Inviting students to the Manufacturing Day event at APT was a wonderful opportunity for us to engage with youth and begin to ensure the future of manufacturing in the U.S.
The Vice Principal from Northeast High said Manufacturing Day made an incredible impact on the kids and in fact more than half of them declared after the tour that they wanted to pursue a career in manufacturing.
The full photo album from the day can be found here:
One of APT’s goals for 2012 has been to focus on giving back to the community. This week we did just that. On Tuesday, July 24, 2012, middle school students from the Science Center of Pinellas visited Advanced Protection Technologies for hands on learning about Engineering/Manufacturing. The Science Center of Pinellas hosts a summer camp for grades K-12. Each age group has various themed weeks throughout the summer. Week 7's topic for the middle school students was "Intro to Engineering." Part of the segment for the week was a field trip to a manufacturing plant.
APT was asked to host the field trip for the camp. On Tuesday morning, the students toured our facility and engaged in hands on experience in the manufacturing plant. They helped stuff boards, fed the wave soldering machine and witnessed APT’s Surge Protective Device (SPD) Can Test which demonstrates the ability of our surge protectors during a surge.
APT enjoyed having the students visit and was happy to be included in their summer camp experience and to assist in their hands on learning. We look forward to seeing this future generation of engineers again in the future.
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At Advanced Protection Technologies, our products are American Made in Clearwater, Florida.
APT recognizes the importance of reviving our nation's economy by manufacturing American Made products and taking pride in the high quality of our surge protectors. APT wants to provide the best possible surge protection for our customers in a cost effective way.
Several major companies are now beginning to move some of their branches overseas back to the United States, recognizing the need for better quality goods, shorter lead times and lower shipping rates. Experts are saying that before long, it will be as or more cost effective to manufacture in America because of quickly increasing wages in China.
In December 2011, Diane Sawyer and ABC News launched a weeklong series called "Made In America Challenge" encouraging viewers to use and buy American made products. They reported that if everyone spent just $64 on American made goods during any holiday period, the result would be 200,000 new jobs in the United States. ABC News also reported that if every builder used 5% more American materials, we would create 220,000 new jobs right now.
With so many people in the United States unemployed, many say that the trade off is worth it. When the United States manufactures in country, it helps to revive the economy by providing jobs and industrial growth. Buying locally helps to support our struggling economy, rather than sending money overseas. It also fuels patriotic pride in workmanship. APT is proud to be one of the few industry leading companies to offer American made surge protectors and products.
For more on the "Made in America Challenge" watch this video from ABC News or visit our website.