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The annual celebration of modern manufacturing, National Manufacturing Day, is almost here. Landing on the first Friday in October, NMD is an important industry highlight for community groups and companies, including our team at Connectronics Corp. Thus, we are bringing you the details of the day so that you can make the most of it too.

What is National Manufacturing Day?

Manufacturing Day 2017 is Friday, October 6th. At least 2,100+ events across the nation will occur to commemorate all things manufacturing, with the goal to inspire the upcoming generation of manufacturers. It is on this day, organized by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), that manufacturers across the country invite community members into industry facilities to educate them about relevant career opportunities, dispel manufacturing industry myths, and spotlight how manufacturers influence communities.

Since it began in 2012, MFG DAY has seen participation rates significantly increase, from the amount of events to the number of visitors. All 50 US states and Puerto Rico regularly participate in National Manufacturing Day, and the resurgence of US manufacturing as of late is a welcome sight.


MFG DAY’s Implications

In 2016 alone, over 267,000 students took part in MFG DAY. When these students were later surveyed by Deloitte about their experiences, 67 percent expressed increased motivation in seeking a manufacturing career and 84 percent were more convinced that manufacturing offers intriguing, rewarding careers.

This is good news for reshoring enthusiasts, such as NAM, Connectronics, and many other US manufacturers. We support bringing jobs back home. Other National Manufacturing Day initiatives that we align with include bridging the US skills gap and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) learning.

Our Commitment to Excellence

Connectronics Corp. commits to continually providing rugged and dependable connectors and interconnects for a range of commercial and industrial uses, from medical and avionics to radar, stage lighting, oil exploration, and nuclear. We position our quality products and services to exceed customer expectations.

Stay up to date on manufacturing developments and Connectronics news by following our blog, as well as connecting on Twitter and LinkedIn. Reach out and contact us today for your next project.



At Connectronics we’re busy gearing up for an expansion in February and March of 2017. To date, we’ve been working with Wiremax in an operational location of 28,000 sq. feet, but the expansion will mean an additional 18,000 sq. feet of space. This extra room will be used for storage, an additional work area, and more flexibility to meet the growing demands of our customers and company.

Part of the expansion of Connectronics is due to the growing needs of the aerospace, high-tech, and military industries. Producing our rubber insulators and molded components means customers are able to get the high powered capabilities they need from our newest molding machine.

At Connectronics, we thrive on innovation and providing our customers with answers to all their connection issues. Whether it’s for the aerospace, defense, medical, or entertainment industries, we strive to provide the necessary components in a timely manner. We are also looking forward to the latest in hyperloop rail systems.

Back in 2013, Elon Musk devised a hyperloop system that is able to transport people faster than any other land based transportation. It works by using a vacuum tube and capsules that carry each person. The pod is propelled through the tube by using electromagnets, which help suspend the container above the rails. In theory, the capsule could be propelled up to 750 mph. Once this speed is reached, it could glide for up to 100 miles. One benefit of this type of transportation would be the minimal energy it takes, with only five percent of the line using electricity.

Connectronics has also recently been involved in projects in Brazil which use industrial filters and with filtering air for coal miners workers using electrostatic filters. This coming year we look forward to continuing to serve our client base and keeping up to date on new developments that are happening. Stay tuned for our upcoming blog where we’ll take a look at the filtering projects more in depth.

In the meantime, don’t forget to follow our blog, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages throughout the year!

From the team at Connectronics, we wish you a happy and healthy new year!


We have all heard the statisticsnmd-logo-oct-2016

The US manufacturing sector has contributed close to $2.17 trillion to the economy in 2015.

The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte have jointly estimated that about 3.5 million manufacturing jobs will open up over the next 10 years.

With the recent spate of reshoring activities and better trade relations with the developing world, seems like production is back at the forefront of the US GDP!

There is one serious issue though that has the entire country scrambling to find counter measures. It is known as the “Skill Gap.”

Out of the fabled 3.5 million vacancies, about 2 million will go unfilled because of a lack of suitable candidates.

The world wants US products. But the nation’s hands are tied. Unless it can get graduates and school students to change their perception of manufacturing and take an active interest in the industry, there is no way to capitalize on the influx of opportunities that have already started coming its way.

The National Manufacturing Day is An Effective Step in the Right Direction:

Within a few short years, the National Manufacturing Day has caught on in terms of popularity. Celebrated every year on the first Friday of October, it is a ritualistic mingling and connection of demand (manufacturing companies) and talent (school and college students) in an authentic setting.

Businesses invite potential employees into the very heart of their manufacturing operations and give them a glimpse of what it is like to be working with cutting edge technologies like robotics to create everything from weapons to medical equipment. Students who will be helming the ship of production in the coming few decades get to realize the benefits of a career in manufacturing like better pay, more health and welfare perks and direct involvement in strengthening the infrastructure of the country.

They walk away from the experience enriched and informed. Experts are hopeful that the National Manufacturing Day held this October the 7th will take forward this understanding and clarity resulting in a spontaneous bridging of the Skill Gap.

Connectronics Has Been a Mainstay of Manufacturing:

A recognized custom producer of specialized connectors and interconnection systems that supply:

Connectronics Corp. understands the importance of manufacturing like no other and wholeheartedly supports the endeavor of the National Manufacturing Day.

As we get set to close out one year and start another, the holiday season is a good time to remember and reflect upon our many activities and accomplishments at Connectronics. Looking at things from a business perspective, the Connectronics team has continued to serve the aerospace, avionics, analytical instruments, oil exploration and many other industries. Together, we offer our customers more than 300 years of combined connector and interconnect experience, and it’s something we continue to enjoy doing!

We believe our work reflects our dedication to what we do as a company and that our experience shows how committed we are to serving our customers. We work with people from a variety of industries and, on a more personal level, this ultimately means that we are impacting the everyday lives of our families and friends. The airplanes we contribute to will be flying our loved ones to their destinations this holiday season. Complex problems that our family members and friend endure are often solved using analytical instruments that can make lives better in so many ways; and advances in medical technology help to keep the population healthy and living longer. The specialized electronic connectors and interconnection systems we proudly design and manufacture right here in the USA help to keep people connected throughout the year.

If you’re not already familiar with everything we do at Connectronics, take a few minutes to read previous blog posts we’ve published. They help to tell the story about how we keep everyone connected, and how we impact the lives of many people around the world. You can scroll through the blog, or click on the links here:

Cables for Electrostatic Filters for the Mining Industry: Critical for Worker Safety
How the Oil and Gas Boom is Benefitting Manufacturing
Aerospace Industry is Still Flying High
The Benefits of Products Made in the USA
Serving the Defense Industry with Pride
Revolutionizing the Material Handling Industry
Demanding Underwater Applications Require Reliable Underwater Connectors
“Manufacturing Day” Celebrates Careers, Reshoring Benefits, and Everything Happening in Industry Today
New Molding Machine Expands Our Capabilities
On Land, In Water, Up Above: Our Products Are Everywhere!

Looking ahead to 2016 and beyond, we plan to continue to play our role in keeping industries connected. This is an opportunity we are grateful for, and something we like to think about during the holiday season. From our Connectronics family to your family, we wish you a happy holiday season!

Fighter pilots are a rare and specialized group of airmen. They work in conditions that Night Vision Goggle Image Nov. 2015would put most of us under: supersonic speeds, gravitational forces, and split-second decision making. The tools they rely on to help them do their jobs are designed with cutting edge technology and state of the art components. Our specialized connectors and interconnection systems are integral parts of many of the innovative electronic equipment used throughout the defense industry.

One such specialized electronic system is found in pilot helmets. Pilots flying fighter jets rely on technology known as the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing Systems (JHMCS) for targeting and firing weapons. The system incorporates a heads-up display (HUD) that is projected onto the pilot’s visor to cue weapons and sensor the target. A magnetic head tracker and display are synchronized with aircraft sensors to aim and fire a missile where the pilot is looking. Flight information is continuously displayed on the inside of the helmet visor for the pilot to monitor incoming data.

While this system is ideal during daylight hours, cueing the system at night was a problem. To upgrade the current system with night vision technology, the Department of Defense has contracted for JHMCS Night Vision Cueing and Display (NVCD) systems in support of the Aircrew Systems program. We were awarded a contract to supply the cables for this new system and are extremely proud to be affiliated with the defense industry and this project.

Connectronics comes to the project being very familiar with working with the defense industry. Through our long history we have gained the expertise to engineer and manufacture specialized electronic connectors that consistently meet the requirements of tough defense industry regulations and military standards. Our innovative solutions reliably perform in the harshest environmental conditions (high altitudes, g-forces, extreme temperatures). Engineering expertise combined with manufacturing excellence ensures delivery of consistently high-quality components.

As a supplier of the connectors for the Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) Night Vision Cueing and Display (NVCD) system being developed, we continue our mission of delivering the power to keep “all systems a-go” for our fearless pilots!

To learn more about our work on the JHMCS Night Vision Cueing and Display System, please feel free to contact us at 800-965-0020 or through email.

On the first Friday in October the U.S. celebrates National Manufacturing Day. That Manufacturing Day Imagebeing said, we have a lot to celebrate in the manufacturing industry 2015. Manufacturing Day is “a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers […] Although Manufacturing Day officially occurs on the first Friday in October… any day can be a Manufacturing Day.”

NAM (the National Association of Manufacturers) declares that hundreds of Manufacturing Day events were planned this year. As in previous years, Manufacturing Day events celebrate what’s happening in all types of industries, and the events planned for the day offer the next generation of workers an insider’s view of what’s happening behind the scenes. There’s a lot going on in U.S. manufacturing this year, including re-shoring, more manufacturing jobs, exciting careers, and the possible start of “the next industrial revolution!”

A recent TechCrunch article reports, “The ‘Industrial Internet’ is poised to overhaul the way companies manufacture goods, in turn changing our everyday interactions with products.” Sounds futuristic and exciting, doesn’t it?!

There’s more about manufacturing that everyone can be excited about right now, like reshoring and the increase of jobs. Recently, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that manufacturers added 15,000 new workers in July. This is the fastest pace in six months and offered evidence that activity in the manufacturing sector is growing.

Reshoring is also happening at a rapid pace, and it’s a win-win for everyone here in the U.S. Forbes reported that “the data shows that U.S. factories have become more competitive in recent years; offshoring is fading and reshoring is making gains.” More U.S. companies who have previously outsourced overseas are moving their manufacturing operations back to the U.S. Thankfully, Connectronics has been on the receiving end of reshoring and we’re experiencing the benefits first-hand. Several of our customers have brought their work back to us, and back to the U.S., after outsourcing to other countries.

Yes, manufacturers and close-knit industries have a lot to celebrate on Manufacturing Day this year! Our blog today focuses on only several reasons to celebrate; however, there is so much more to be proud of and celebrate in the industry! As manufacturers of specialized connectors and interconnection systems for all types of industries, all of us at Connectronics will be celebrating too.

Happy Manufacturing Day from Connectronics!

If you read any news stories related to American manufacturing, you’ll see that the overwhelming majority agree: it’s in a full state of recovery. Many even use the word “renaissance.”

Flag_of_the_United_States.svgThe fact is, innovation and technology are greater than ever. Companies of all sizes are returning business to American soil, and manufacturers and consumers alike are realizing the true value in products made in the U.S. It’s all very good news.

Yet there seems to be a major disconnect in the industry. While it’s back and doing great, and quality is better than ever—and it’s an incredible promising, valuable career—there aren’t enough skilled workers to fill open positions and help companies continue to make these quality American goods. Take these numbers, for example*:

  • While the industry has grown significantly in the past few years, about 600,000 jobs remain unfilled
  • 82% of manufacturers say they face a moderate to serious shortage of skilled workers
  • 75% of manufacturers say the skills shortage negatively affects their ability to expand

Of course, all hope is not lost. Throughout the country, schools, communities, businesses, and even the Federal government are coming up with ways to entice young people while both showing them the true advantages of careers in manufacturing and promoting STEM education. From getting young girls excited about engineering to getting college students interested in all aspects of the industry, many people are addressing the shortage now.

Another thing we can all do is celebrate this great industry on Manufacturing Day, taking place October 3, 2014. It’s a chance to not only commemorate the industry and all who make it what it is, but get everyone involved. Manufacturers can open their doors, showcase their work, and promote the value of it all.

As proud manufacturers, we look forward to doing just that, and to encourage everyone to do the same.


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