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The Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier

The Manufacturers Association is a pro-active leader committed to enhancing the economic strength of the region. The Association promotes the common interests of its membership, develops services that benefit its members and is a primary resource for information and assistance to promote manufacturing excellence and innovation in a global economy.


Why Participate?

This program not only gives young people an opportunity to get involved in the manufacturing industry, but also provides local companies with hardworking individuals who are willing to learn.

The average age of a skilled worker in the United States is 56 years old. If the manufacturing industry continues to ignore this fact, over 2 million jobs will go unfulfilled in the next 10 years.

The Manufacturers Alliance aims to avoid that dilemma and keep the manufacturing industry as strong as ever through apprenticeships.


5 Components of Manufacturing

  • Business Involvement: Apprentices are eager to learn, but it all starts with the employer.
  • On-The-Job Training: Apprentices will learn necessary skills from an experienced mentor.
  • Related Instruction: Technical education comes from our partnerships with local community colleges, OEM providers & more.
  • Rewards for Skills Gains: Like any other job, as apprentices improve their skills, so does their pay.
  • National Occupational Credential:¬†Apprentices receive a nationally recognized credential, known as the journeyman qualification.


Manufacturing Facts

  • 92% of manufacturing employees are eligible for health insurance.
  • By 2030, 4 million manufacturing jobs will likely be needed and 2.1 million are expected to go unfilled if we do not inspire more people to pursue modern manufacturing careers.
  • Manufacturers perform nearly 58% of all private-sector research and development.

Looking for more information? Contact a MAST team member.