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3/18/2019 | 1 MINUTE READ

Protolabs Selected to Be Featured in National Manufacturing Tour

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Protolabs’ digital manufacturing facilities in North Carolina and Minnesota was a part of an annual National Association of Manufacturers event described as showcasing the industry’s future.


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Protolabs was featured as part of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) State of Manufacturing Tour, described as highlighting manufacturing’s digital transformation, the job opportunities created by this transformation and the skills required now to work in the industry. The cross-country tour ran February 19-28, with stops on February 22 at Protolabs’ 3D printing facility in Raleigh, North Carolina, and its Minneapolis-area CNC machining and injection molding facilities February 25.

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee was a part of Protolabs’ events, which included tours of the manufacturing facilities. The Minnesota event also hosted students.

“This year’s tour is about highlighting the ‘next frontier’ in manufacturing, and every day Protolabs deploys the type of advanced technologies that define modern manufacturing,” Mr. Timmons says. 

Mr. Timmons and Ms. Lee also participated in roundtable discussions with Protolabs employees about the current state of manufacturing, workforce opportunities and how to adapt to changes as the industry continues to evolve. In Minnesota, they were joined by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and E.J. Daigle, dean of Robotics & Manufacturing at the city’s Dunwoody College of Technology.

“We’re excited to be part of this event to provide an up-close view of what manufacturing looks like today, how this digital evolution benefits product developers, and how this tech-enabled manufacturing landscape is creating new opportunities for workers,” says Vicki Holt, president and CEO of Protolabs. She also serves as the Small and Medium Manufacturers Vice Chair on NAM’s board of directors.

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